I’m sure you’ve already started your holiday shopping and have put a dent in the list. I’m also sure that if you’re like me, there are a few people with blanks next to their name. They are the dreaded “person that has everything” or the “complete stranger”. The person that has everything is self-explanatory. The complete stranger may be a new relative by marriage, a new significant other, a new boss, an exchange name or a giving tree recipient. The following are some suggestions to help fill in the blanks on your list.
For the person who seems to have everything, consider their lifestyle and hobbies. Think of things that they are always using and have to buy for themselves. For example, avid golfer will lose lots of golf balls and wear through gloves, they are always replacing them. They also have to pay for rounds of golf or food and drink at their club, so gift cards to their club are a great useful idea. I also love to give food and drinks as gifts. For wine connoisseurs, a good bottle of their favorite style of wine and some fun holiday wine accessories can make a great gift. If the person in your life that has everything doesn’t golf or drink alcohol, consider planning a day together. It’s a lot of fun to be a tourist in your own city or nearby city, attend a concert or show, go to the museum, or try a new restaurant together. Sometimes spending time together and building a great memory will be the best gift for both of you.
Now we’ll move on to the complete stranger. My sister announced she is bringing her new boyfriend to Christmas dinner. I do not want him to feel left out while everyone else has a gift to open, so I feel like I have to get something. My husband also pulled several tags for the giving tree and said he needs them next week. The wheels in my head start churning. For this group of people, I try to think of everyday things that I readily use and would like to have. The key here is to avoid being specific. For women, I like to buy larger tote bags and put a nice neutral color throw blanket, a good book and a package of hot chocolate in it. I also like putting Italian dinner baskets together with pasta, sauce and a bottle of wine. For men, I use food or tools. Most of the time you can never have enough basic hand tools. Other ideas include basic grilling items with your favorite BBQ sauce or seasoning or a basket filled with yummy snacks and a fun DVD comedy. For children, I love to pick out books, movies, cozy blankets, simple toys and board games. I love using themes to compile a gift. For boys, I use cars or dinosaurs and for girls I use baby animals or princesses.
Hopefully you find these suggestions helpful to fill in the gaps on your Christmas list. I love shopping and finding perfect gifts for people, so if you find yourself struggling, please feel free to comment and I’ll do my best to provide some useful suggestions.