Okay, so the commercials where everyone is excitedly walking around the mall finding the perfect gifts for everyone they know while cute, festive songs play in the background… we all know that’s not how it happens. If you’re anything like me, you’ll make a list of gift ideas, then Re-make the list a week later, then re-think everything! Okay… Time for a new list! Wait.. now I’m running out of time!! And the malls are scary…and pricey! No worries, I’m here to help you get some inspiration for every situation and person!
“They have EVERYTHING!” Okay, so we all know that one person who insists they really don’t want a gift. They have everything they need! (Or they’re just really picky…)
The solution: Instead of a present, give them an experience! Honestly, these are my favorite types of gifts because they are so unique and people enjoy them so much! I like to check out Amazon Local, LivingSocial, or Groupon to find deals on things I would never think to look for! Some good ideas? Cooking classes, art workshops, spa packages, or day trips! Bonus Points: Buy a double package to go together and create some fun memories!
“I don’t know them that well…” Maybe it’s a distant family member, a new friend or someone you’d like to get to know better. Whoever it may be, your gift should be a sweet gesture (Without the anxiety of finding the perfect gift.)
The Solution: Food. Yes, the answer is that simple! (Just make sure you know if they have any food allergies, or restrictions.) Who doesn’t love getting sweets shaped like cute snowmen, or baking mixes, or hot chocolate around the holidays?! It’s inexpensive, kind, and fun! Bake up a batch of cookies and frost them with holidays colors and patterns. Then put them small bags or containers with holiday ribbon. You can also make Hot chocolate mixes in Mason jars (With candy canes, marshmallows, and chocolate chips). Bonus Points: Make it extra-large so they can share with their families at home!
“I am completely BROKE!” We’ve all been there during at least one hard winter during our life. The moment when you realize Christmas is only a few weeks away and you have no extra cash for gifts. Or you over-spent on other gifts, and now your last few presents have a SUPER limited budget!
The solution: First, figure out what you can spend for the gifts. Is your limit $10? $5? or “Time to look through all the craft bins and get creative”?
If you have under $10… The Dollar Store is now your best friend! “What kind of gift can I possibly throw together at a Dollar Store?” you ask… Well, an amazing one when you get creative! 1. A mini-baking kit! (Cupcake liners, A Spatula, Cake mix, Sprinkles and a Basket+ Christmas tissue paper) 2. Movie Night! (Buy a popcorn bucket + paper confetti or tissue paper, boxes of candy and a microwavable bag of popcorn) 3. Spa Day! (Basket+ Blue/Green tissue paper, Cooling eye mask, Spa Music CD, scented candle and Facial Mask).
Or if your wallet is completely empty, make a coupon book! Using rectangles of scrapbook paper, decorate them to resemble “Coupons”. Add things in there like “60 minute aromatherapy Massage”, “30 min dish-washing service”, or “House Cleaning Service”. Your friends and family will ADORE this idea! (Who doesn’t want their house cleaned??) Bonus points: Do something nice for your friends or family! Grandparents: Put up Christmas decorations for them, or shovel snow and throw some salt on their walk ways.Friends: Offer to run errands for them, or be a designated driver for a fun night out. A simple gesture, but a thoughtful one!
~Happy Holidays Everyone!~