If you’re anything like the rest of us, you aren’t even close to finishing your Christmas shopping yet. To save yourself from shopper’s anxiety, here are some kind and thoughtful gift ideas that will work for almost anyone you need to buy a present for this holiday season.
Whether you’re buying for the homemaker in your life or a coworker, cookware sets are a great idea. Many of these sets come in colors and materials that would match any kitchen style, including stainless steel, black non-stick anodized, and copper plated. You can either give these sets as one complete gift or split them up and make individualized hampers.
A great way to personalize these gifts is to add a recipe collection or some baked goods tucked inside the pots or skillets. Then you can wrap the items with shrink wrap, festive paper, or ribbons, and you have just made a personalized present suitable for anyone on your list.
Not So Basic Books
Books are one of the most common yet appreciated Christmas gifts. It is, however, hard to go to the store not knowing what kind of literature your friend, coworker, or grand-niece likes to read. One way to make a book more personalized is to reach out to your local network. There are usually photographers and historians who have written about your area or perhaps the place where you grew up. This is a beautiful way to pay tribute to local artists while sharing a part of yourself with the book.
Uncommon Coffee Mugs
This next gift will take a little bit of forethought. If you know you are going to be traveling in the lead up to Christmas, it’s always a good idea to look out for beautiful and unique coffee mugs and glassware from the places you visit. Add some sweets, local foods, or handicrafts, and these mugs make for thoughtful gifts.
Instead of giving a physical gift, you could give the gift of an experience. This could come in the form of a spa package for your mother-in-law or tickets to a special museum exhibit. If you know the person well enough, passes to a local sports game or even tickets to a concert might be worth that little extra. Rather than buying something that goes into a box and may never be used, experience gifts come with excitement and amazing memories, making them about as thoughtful as you can get.
Another fun way to personalize your next holiday present is to pick out wines, liqueurs, teas, or any other type of drink loved by the people you are buying for. This gift will take a bit of research to achieve, but the end result will be astonishing. Make a list of everyone you need to shop for, and as you find out what each person prefers, buy that item. Then find a monogrammed bag for each one, or try your hand at making them yourself. Since these items keep well, you’ll be able to spread your shopping throughout the year, saving you time during the busy holiday season. Just don’t get excited and drink your stored presents!
Regardless of who you have to buy for this season, a thoughtful gift will make the holidays just a little brighter for the recipient of that gift. Whatever you by, make sure to put in those extra little touches that show you truly care.