My last post was about holiday shopping tips – when to start shopping, how to get organized, and how to save some money. I also provided links to a few of my go-to online stores. Hopefully you have an idea on how to do a little shopping. But what if you’re stuck on what to give to someone, and no amount of online or in-store browsing helps? I decided to come up with a list of some items that might save the day – whether you’ve got an office gift exchange coming up or you don’t know what to get for that person that seems to have everything (you know exactly who I’m talking about).
- For anyone: A framed photo is a great personal gift. I like having a picture or two of my boyfriend and me printed out (you can send files electronically to drugstores like CVS) every once in a while. I buy a nice frame and – voilà – a perfect gift for a family member I don’t see very often. Frames don’t have to be expensive, either: stores like Home Goods, Ross, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx all have reasonably-price items.
- For anyone: Gift cards. I know a lot of people are opposed to gift cards because they aren’t very personal, but I’ve received gift cards in the past and I’ve never been upset. A gift card for one of my favorite clothing stores or for a big retailer like Amazon can really come in handy when I am looking to make a big purchase. Similarly, several gift cards in small denominations for places like Panera, Chipotle, and Dunkin’ Donuts can be a fun way to treat a friend to lunch. Gift cards don’t have to be impersonal; if you know the recipient well enough to get them a card they’ll enjoy, I don’t think there’s any shame in letting them pick out their own treat!
- For kids and the young at heart: Board games make great gifts! Choose an audience-appropriate game for a gift that can be enjoyed over and over. A few of my favorites are Cranium, Clue, and Apples to Apples. My recommendation for a game that tests players’ smarts is Trivial Pursuit; there are a ton of versions geared towards older and younger crowds, and also themed versions!
- For the crafty recipient: If someone on your list is a creative type, why not give them a DIY kit? Online stores like Etsy and Brit + Co offer some really fun, creative do-it-yourself kits for all ages, genders, and interests. If kits are out of your price range, adult coloring books are all the rage: one or two of these plus a box of colored pencils would make a great gift.
- For the fashionista: Jewelry can be pretty personal, so I don’t recommend gifting any amount of jewelry unless you really know the person you’ll be giving it to; if this is the case, I recommend Sylca Designs‘ statement necklaces. There are necklaces in tons of colors, lengths, and materials fit for any budget. (Full disclosure: I’m a bit biased because I’m friends with one of the co-owners!)
So there you have it. Hopefully this list offers a little insight into what can be a stressful time of year. Remember: it’s the thought that counts. Put thought into your gifts, and the recipients are sure to appreciate them.