Which group are you…wrapped and ready for Christmas by November or hitting the mall on December 23rd to get all of your gifts? I am definitely more of a wrapped and ready early type of person, but for those of you still searching for the perfect gift remember that it truly is the thought that counts. If you give someone a thoughtful gift that ties in one of their passions, loves or favorite activities, you are sure to receive a big smile of thanks from the recipient! Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for the people on your list that can be customized to accommodate your particular budget…
Girlfriends | A holiday wreath dropped off at their front door, a cheerful Christmas floral arrangement or a festive box of Christmas cookies. Two of my favorite cookies to bake and give are Gingerbread Men and White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies.
DIY Maven | A craft kit! Find a project on Pinterest that you love and know that your friend would love to make, print out the blog post with instructions and fill up a basket with everything she needs to make it! I promise you she will love it!
- Crochet Stockings | I just purchased this pattern and I am waiting for my yarn and wood rings to arrive.
- Balloon Wreath | This has been on my list to make!
- Virtual Paint Party | This is one of the best things I decided to sign up for in 2018! I love it so much! It is a monthly subscription where a blank wood door decoration is shipped to you and you learn how to paint from watching a video. I honestly didn’t think I could learn how to paint this way, but it is amazing what you can create.
Parents | Technology! Anything tech related is a great gift for your parents combined with the commitment from you to set it up and show them, if needed, how to use it. These gifts are all great helpers that they would surely get a lot of use!
Families with Small Children | Give your friend with small children a memory! Yes, a memory! Christmas is hectic for everyone and often creating memories are secondary to the hustle and bustle of the season. So give your friend with small children a gift that the whole family can use and create a fun holiday memory while enjoying it.
- A basket of goodies (popcorn, hot cocoa fixings and a Christmas DVD) for the perfect Christmas movie night.
- A cookie decorating kit (undecorated sugar cookies, royal icing and sprinkles) on top of a Cookies for Santa Plate.
- Christmas pickle ornament and wrapped gift, so their family can start a new tradition.
Everyone Else | When in doubt, food gifts or other “disposable” gifts are always my preference over gift cards. By “disposable” I mean something that won’t clutter the recipients home and that will be used, like a craft kit for children or a hot cocoa/movie night basket for a family. Those items will be used and enjoyed, while not adding to the inevitable Christmas Clutter.
Mailman/UPS Delivery Person and Other Helpers | This is one category where the gift card rule does not apply. Since most of us only know our mailman, cleaning crew and groomer in passing and not personally, it is difficult to choose a thoughtful gift for them. So I always opt for a cash/gift card, baked good and small gift combo. This year I put together Holiday Cheer Buckets filled with homemade treats, most everything you need to make hot cocoa and a Starbucks gift card.