Figuring out gifts for people can be very complicated. I have tried to be very organized, very creative, very out-of-the-box, and sometimes I just can’t get it right. Christmas is a magical time, and giving gifts is like communicating that you are in tune with your loved ones and you know what they would like.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money, and you also can, if you wish. I put together some quick ideas for different people in your life. Hopefully these will be helpful and inspire. I am just starting my Christmas shopping now, and I hope I can get it all done by Christmas. I find the best thing to do when picking out gifts is to really listen to people when they say what they want, and keep your ears open all during November and December. People will let you on to what they’ve been wishing for, so I try to jot it down when they mention something they like.
However, sometimes you need more gifts! Sometimes, you need a few more gifts to throw in a bag or add to a bigger gift. These are those gifts. They aren’t anything crazy, just gifts that I think might work out well.
For A Best Friend:
Knit Hat – You just can’t go wrong.
Vintage Camera – Check around flea markets and thrift stores for some old cameras. Instax are all the rage right now, but an old polaroid would also make a great gift. It’s something that they will take care of and is unique, which will make them think of you!
I have an old pink polaroid camera that was a gift and I will always cherish it. While they might be more expensive, you can absolutely try and find a deal. You can also splurge a little for a friend! This is a gift that stands out from the rest.
For A Significant Other (Girl):
Perfume/Handcream/Lotion set –If you’re at a loss for what to get a girl who you are involved with, go with things that smell nice. Just make sure they are a good scent for her! They have a lot of little sets with multiple products inside. I love these things. They last forever and usually all have the same scent. You can find them at most department stores.
I think anything like a nice perfume or lotion will always be appropriate. Maybe take her out shopping and see what scents she gravitates towards. That will be a sure sign to what notes she likes in the perfumes. Also, perfume is always romantic!
Getting lotions and hand creams along with other big gifts is also a great idea. Bath & Body works has amazing lotions that are holiday themed. For a fancier idea, you can see what stores like Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters has. Tocca is a beautiful brand with amazing scents. While a bit more expensive, they are worth it. Go and check out their samples!
For Significant Other (Guy):
Coffe Mug – In my experience, guys like things you can drink out of. And they don’t just have to drink coffee out of it! They can drink whiskey too!
TJMaxx has very cute mugs, but for a more masculine style, check out Urban Outfitters or speciality boutique stores. There are a lot of cute ones with mountains on them and other “adventure” themed ones. Another idea might be getting a thermos that can be used for camping or hiking. Guys like that stuff, right?
Photography Books – The best one I can recommend is called Cabin Porn, you’re welcome.
For Secret Santa :
Interactive Journals – You know those 5 year journals? Those are the perfect kinds of things for people that you are buying gifts for and you just don’t know that well. In fact, any journal or notebook will probably do. They also have ones that you fill in for couples or dream journals. Luckily, there are tons of types out there that can fit different people. And people seem to enjoy them!
There is also a funny journal that is a Guest Bathroom journal. You’ve probably seen that one around.
Going off of this idea, a Moleskin notebook is always a fantastic gift. If I received a Moleskin I would be one happy girl. People write/draw/journal in these things in their own ways. They are classic, simple, and good-quality notebooks. Perfect for writers and artists. You do risk looking like a huge hipster, but eh, who cares?
Post -it Notes – Practical items in stockings are awesome!
Fancy Candles – See Diptique candle above, and then drool, because it is so beautiful.
Travel Size Beauty – If you go to Ulta (Or Target, or anywhere with tiny skin care) you can find these adorable sample sizes of skin care products. This might be perfect for someone who wants to try out a new brand. They have adorable little Christmas packages in Sephora and Ulta to choose from. Finding that in a stocking would be so exciting! You can’t go wrong with beauty, and the little sizes don’t break the bank. You can even stick one in your own stocking.
Books! Who is surprised here that the only thing I want to buy myself is more books, mostly the beautiful Lang Leav poetry books.
What is on your gift guide? Were you thinking of getting any of these for people? Buying gifts can be tricky, but it can also be a lot of fun. I’m getting so excited to buy presents for people this year. I have a lot more good decorating ideas that I might post here. I’ll also be looking at some cute ideas for wrapping presents!
Talk to you soon,