It’s the holiday season, time for family and friends and relaxing and having a good time, right? Well, sort of. But you have to work for it. At first the holidays are something that we eagerly look forward to, counting down the days, and pumping up on caffeine just to try and get through, because the holidays are just so wonderful! And then they arrive, all of a sudden, like a ninja. Where did all of the time go? Just a few weeks ago it seemed like they would never come, and now you find yourself totally unprepared. Frazzled and frantic, the panic begins to set in. You haven’t even started shopping yet. Maybe you went out on black Friday, maybe you didn’t, but either way there is always still a long list of people to get gifts for. That crazy friend or wild and crazy cousin you can never seem to find the right gift for. And then there’s the people who have everything. And the people you know just well enough to get something, but not well enough to have any idea what to get them. And then there’s the size. You want to give a gift that is proportional in greatness to how great theirs is for you. And if they end up not getting you something, then well if you got them a great gift, then that’s just awkward. Gift cards would be a fabulous and universal gift in concept, but they’re just so impersonal. To cut down on the stress, organize a Secret Santa with your friends and co-workers. This should make things instantly more exciting, but at the same time you only have to get one gift! And then there’s the family. You search your mind and try to remember what you got them in prior years. Getting them the same thing twice would just be embarrassing. You have to get them a unique gift because they’re family, but what on earth do you get them that’s still original? And that’s just the beginning. After gifts, a whirlwind of other holiday stress surfaces. Great, now you wish it was two weeks before when you were just trudging through your work and trying to meet that deadline. So to attempt to simplify things, I’ve made a list of gift ideas that are general enough they can suit a lot of people, but appear to have required more effort than a gift card.
Girl to Girl gifts
Generally, anything from bath and body works or a similar store, what girl doesn’t love something like this?
Anything sparkly, really
Music-only if they reaallly want something and have told you specifically
For the beauty-obsessed friend: a makeup set
Girl to Guy gifts
It seems impossible, but with a few tricks, you can get them something they will genuinely appreciate.
aka ANYTHING related to a sports team they are a fan of. seriously, its like their whole life.
sports related items
sports related items. Yes, that is the third time I’ve mentioned this. They just love sports.
Okay, there are some guys who aren’t huge sports fans. So think about something they do like. If they collect something, choose an item they don’t already have to fit their collection. If you’re not sure, ask them to talk about it. Chances are if they’re so into collecting it, they’ll be so excited you asked, they won’t be suspicious that you’re going to get them a related gift.
Weird trinkets. I once got my brother a basketball hoop you attach to your head and have other people throw balls into.
If you want to spend a little more money, any electronic gadget they can mess around with
A watch. It may be a little mundane, but try and pick a unique one, like an antique pocket watch. This is a very practical gift, good to accompany another gift for someone you know well
Guy to Girl
Okay, so this also may seem impossible, but again, anything sparkly or shiny. Seriously, its like guys and sports.
Guy to Guy
I’m not even sure if guys generally give each other gifts, or if they put that much thought into it if they do.
But, I’ll include some suggestions just to cover the bases.
Anything related to sports, or an inside joke.
I should also add that any kind of home-made baked good will make anyone happy. People love food.
Hopefully this gives you some starting ideas.
Best wishes, and good luck!