By bailey g.
Happy Holidays, Ramblers!
Whether it’s Kwanza, Hannukah, Christmas, or something else….the holiday season is in full swing. You can smell the cookies in the air, you can hear jolly notes of carols, you can almost feel the soft red velvet of the Santa hat. But... with all the good things that come with the holiday season, it is also probably the most stressful time of year. Especially when it comes to getting that gift just right for that important person in your life. I’m here to help, just call me Mrs. Claus.
Ugh, ok I know this can be tricky. For girls, I feel like we’re so much easier to shop for. Flowers, jewelry, food, you name it. Boys are way more difficult. Regardless of gender, however, nothing says romantic quite like actually buying someone their very own star. That’s right, you can actually purchase a star for relatively cheap ($40) and name it after your significant other (or your dog, I won’t judge). It comes complete with the star’s registration in the overall star registry, and you’ll get a necklace as a keepsake. Let’s be honest, if you can’t buy your loved one the moon, at least you can land upon the stars!
One of my big go tos for the holidays, regardless of who I’m getting it for, is personalized items. They add a slight bit more customization and thought into what you’re creating for that special person. From pillows and wine glasses to towels and wallets, I think this is always a super easy way to show someone how appreciative you are to have them in your life! Besides, the closer you are to them, the better you know them and can customize it fully. Personalized items are also 100% unique, so it won’t be like anyone else’s gift!
In my opinion, everyone should want to shower their parents with presents during the holidays. After all, we will never be able to make up for the lives they gave us and the sacrifices they made. Shopping for parents can be hard, and I personally hate the gimmicky stereotypical items. No, Dad, I will not be getting you something for the grill, and let’s face it mom does not need another wine bottle opener. When it comes to shopping for parents, I think it’s best to get them something actually useful that they can utilize every day or something super personal as a reminder that they’re still a big part of your life. For more tips on gifts for parents, check this out.
It’s always hard to shop for the new friends, coworkers, or that brand new significant other in your life, especially if it’s a relatively new relationship. The best path to go down is to put together a goody bag, a collection of items that still show thought and care...but maybe not the most personal of items if you don’t know that them that well. My picks are candles, chocolate, board games, mugs, or journals. Easy and not overly personalized. These kinds of goodie bag gifts also work well if you’re on a budget.
Sibling gifts should be fun, gimmicky, and out there. Personally, I think the gifts for your siblings should be completely random and unique. Might as well make light of things and pick something that will give you both a laugh! Obviously, not something completely useless, but perhaps something a little out of the box, such as Puppy- Monkey-Baby or a snuggie.
Above all else, I think the best gift you can give anyone is the gift of experiences. Items aren’t forever, but time together and the memories can be. Maybe it’s tickets to the hockey game or a weekend away or even something small like a breakfast together. Regardless, you can’t top life experiences with loved ones. I’m a firm believer that these types of gifts will always be the best.
There you have it Ramblers, I hope this was helpful in generating some sparks of ideas for your holiday shopping. As always, happy holidays from me and mine to you and yours.