Ho, Ho, Ho! The holiday gift-giving season is right around the corner. It’s an amazing time of the year, filled with decorations, celebrations, cheer… and the gifts, oh how we love the gifts! But sometimes, it’s hard to know exactly what the perfect gift is. We’re following all the trends and are ready to share with you some of the hottest gift-giving ideas of the season.
We suggest shopping earlier than usual. According to a September 14, 2021 article by CNBC, holiday sales are expected to grow seven percent from last year and hit $800 billion, but there is a hitch. Our sources indicate that due to supply chain disturbance and labor shortages, gifts and decorations could run out earlier than usual.
Now is the perfect time to make your list and check it twice.
Creative Gift Ideas For Someone With Everything
1. Gift An Experience
If someone on your list loves to go to new places and explore new things, consider giving an experience. Plan a long weekend getaway in a bed and breakfast, present them with tickets to a nearby winery or microbrewery, or a bus ride to a museum or theater. Wrap the tickets in a festive gift box and wrap them with a colorful seasonal ribbon. The recipients will appreciate the time and personal attention you took to give them such a creative gift. Other experience ideas are:
- Concert tickets to their favorite band
- Tickets to a college or pro football game
- Tickets to an Escape room
- Tickets to a Broadway show
- Tickets for a dinner train excursion
- Tickets to an art class
- Tickets to a water park
If you want to find discounts and other gift experience ideas, check out Groupon.com, an online resource that offers discounts for products and services.
2. Give A Gift That Keeps Giving
If someone on your gift list cares about a special charitable organization, make a donation in their name. What a way to show them how much you appreciate them for what they care about. For example, if your recipient is an animal lover and volunteers for the local animal shelter, make a donation in their name. Present the gift tied with a ribbon around a stuffed dog or cat with a handwritten note. You can share what the amount was, but it isn’t necessary. This is a gift from the heart and the thought that counts. This is a win, win Christmas gift idea because not only are you presenting someone you love with a thoughtful gift, a nonprofit organization is benefiting too.
3. Book Subscription Gifts
If there is an avid reader on your list, gift them a book of the month. It’s like they get 12 gifts in one! In addition to the book, some subscription boxes usually include special treats like self-care products, tea bags, and bookmarks. Each month a new box with the latest read will arrive at the front door. Bookworms will love that you realize they are well-read, and every month, they will think of you and how special this Christmas gift was. There are many online stores that offer this smart gift idea, but Book of the Month Club is the original and offers three subscription options. Two other favorite book subscription sites are The Book Drop and Page One Books. It’s always a happy ending for the readers in your life and a page-turner of a gift!
4. Sleep Is A Wink Away With Dodow
If you or someone on your gift-giving list has difficulty going to sleep, a warm cup of decaffeinated tea might not do the trick. Enter the wonders of technology. Dodow is a device designed by scientists that you set next to the bed. It projects soft blue light onto the ceiling to block out overactive thoughts, so you will fall into a deep and peaceful sleep. It combines with your breathing to keep you focused on a quiet mind and let go of anxiety and stress. Your insomniac sleep-deprived loved one will thank you with appreciation and sweeter than sweet dreams. Regarding the tea, a box of gourmet tea bags would complement the Dodow nicely.
5. Tea-riffic Tea Collection
It’s tea time anytime for the tea lovers on your list. Gourmet tea collections are the perfect way to sample different tea flavors and find a new favorite. From black tea to green tea, from herbal tea to floral tea, the gift of tea will surely put a new meaning on tea time. Tie your tea lover’s gift with a colorful vintage teacup or insulated toddy on the go for a thoughtful tea-riffic holiday gift.
6. Streaming Service
Streaming your favorite television shows and movies has never been so convenient and flexible as it is today. Streaming services like Disney Plus, Netflix, and Hulu are making it less expensive to enjoy anything you want anytime you want. The binge watcher on your gift list will love it when you present a streaming service to them for Christmas. You might want to handwrite a personal message on the gift tag, “Enjoy your faves and remember, I’m available for movie night. I’ll bring the snacks.”
7. DIY Food Kits
Show someone you know loves to cook and loves to eat how much you care by gifting them with a tasty diy food kit. That’s right. No more shopping at crowded markets for ingredients. No more time-consuming recipe searching. The search for the perfect foodie gift is over. DIY food kits include everything you need to create the most delightful and memorable meal. Home Chef, Hello Fresh, and Blue Apron are just a few of the many trusted food kit companies that do all the footwork, so all you have to do is prepare, cook and enjoy. Team up this gift with an apron and tea towel for a delicious and clever presentation.
8. Chocolate Heaven
Here’s a way to put a big smile on someone’s face this Christmas! A chocolate bar is a chocolate bar, but a huge, oversized 5 pound Hershey’s chocolate bar makes an amazing Christmas gift for the chocolate lover on your list. It might blow a diet, but it won’t break the bank. This is a great big way to spend a little and get a big cocoa bang for your buck. If the big bar isn’t what you had in mind, go for the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate box full of 36 chocolate bars to savor. Sweet!
9. Charge It Up!
Everyone on your list with a mobile device eventually runs out of battery. And the list of what you need to charge gets bigger and bigger. Yikes! Enter the perfect universal gift for one and all! Battery chargers are smaller, sleeker, and more convenient than ever and make the perfect gift for your loved ones on the go. Devices like the Halo 4 in 1 wireless charging mat allow you to break free from the cord clutter and charge devices with convenience and ease. Charge more than one device at once… genius and the ideal gift. Plus, it looks great!
10. Wireless Earbuds
Why not splurge and get that special someone on your list a set of wireless earbuds. If they are on the go, if they exercise, if they are on virtual meetings, or just enjoy listening to music, earbuds are the gift to give. Apple’s Airpods is known for its top-of-the-line earbud set with a charger case, but there are other quality brands that are less expensive on the market that will rock your gift-giving world.
11. Warm Comfy Throws
Warm things up with home decor style! Everyone loves to cuddle underneath a warm, cozy blanket. A decorative, fluffy throw not only looks great at the bottom on a bed or draped over the back of a sofa, it is a thoughtful gift that says how much you care. Whether you go for a bright-colored faux fur throw or a more traditional neutral-toned chenille, give a warm comfy throw to keep your loved one warm and comfy… and thinking of you!
12. Timeless & Original Art
Art is a timeless gift that never goes out of style. If someone on your gift-giving list enjoys and appreciates original art, visit a local art center and purchase a beautiful piece of art. It can range from an original painting, sculpture, or piece of jewelry. Art enhances and celebrates diversity and originality, and giving art as a gift shows your appreciation for your community’s talent and creativity.
13. Gift Cards For Everyone
Gift cards and gift certificates always make the best Christmas gifts. Why? Long after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you can enjoy shopping for something special. Give one gift card or create a gift card collection with multiple gift cards like gas, restaurants, clothing, online stores, and more.
14. Stock Investments
Giving shares of stock is a creative and appreciated gift, especially for the “traders” on your gift-giving list. Think about the recipient’s lifestyle and what they are passionate about. Younger people would appreciate a share of Disney or Apple, for example. Electric car enthusiasts and those living a green lifestyle would love a share of two of Tesla.
15. Lottery Scratch Off Tickets
If you have a lottery fan on your list, your state lottery scratch-off tickets are the perfect gift. One ticket could potentially make them a whole lot richer. They are colorful, exciting, and fun to scratch off the winning numbers. Lottery tickets come in a variety of prices from $1 up to $30 in some instances, so they accommodate any budget. Present them in a festive card or gift box with a note, “If you win a million, you have to split it with me!”
16. Basket Of Goodies
Fill a beautiful basket with snacks, candy, nuts, fruits, and other treats and wrap it up with a big festive bow to complete the presentation. You can create a personalized gift or purchase one from a local retailer or online company like Harry & David or 1-800 Flowers. Consider shopping at one of your local small businesses first. It’s always a good idea to support them first.
17. Mani-Pedi Combo
Everyone loves a gift of pampering. A gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure is a luxury many on your gift list wouldn’t give themselves. If you are gifting one to a close friend, make it an outing for both of you and add lunch to the package.
18. Cold Hard Cash
Cash gifts will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Fill a can with $1 and $5 dollar bills, transform a $20 dollar bill into a holiday origami shape, tuck a $50 into a Christmas card or mini stocking. Any way you present cold hard cash is a way to warm up the holiday season.
19. Candles and Home Fragrance
Candles and home fragrances are beloved by everyone, especially during the Christmas season. There are pillar candles, votive candles, jar candles, flameless candles, scented candles, and unscented candles. There are plug-in fragrance machines, scented sprays, and gel fragrances. The sky is the limit to home fragrance which makes this category a thoughtful scent-sational gift that will light up the holidays.
20. Holiday Decor
Decorating for the holidays is a pastime that many folks love. This tradition is passed down through generations. Add to the memorable special occasion by giving a personalized Christmas tree ornament, a new festive wreath for the hearth, a holiday-themed tea towel, or a Snowman home accent. If you are crafty, create one yourself for a memorable and very personal gift.
21. Name A Star For Someone Special
This gift is original and out of this world! Thanks to the Star Registry, you have the opportunity to name a star in the sky for someone special. The gift comes complete with a beautiful certificate you can frame for them or slip into an envelope and mail. There is a 24/7 customer service line to help you with any questions you may have about your star way up in the sky.
22. Gift For A Pet
It’s no surprise that the pet industry is booming! People love their pets and love giving them gifts. They also love it when someone recognizes their attachment to their pet. Give the pet lover in your life a gift for their fur baby. A matching collar and leash, a box full of treats, or pajamas for both the owner and the pet. This will bring a paw-mazing smile to their face.
23. Send An Explosion Cake
A fun trend that is hot this holiday season is sending someone special an explosion cake. They are popular for gender reveal parties, Halloween, birthdays, and holiday gift-giving. You select the flavor and design, include a personal message, select a date, and the cake is delivered right to their door. Their theme is “delivering special moments,” and from the reviews, this trend delivers!
24. Thrift Something Special
Repurposing or upcycling something old into something brand new is more popular than ever. Whether you paint an old piece of furniture, redesign a piece of vintage jewelry or hand down a comfortable pair of jeans, consider gifting something from a thrift store or something from your very own closet. Visit your local Salvation Army, or go online to Poshmark and thrift a gift this holiday season.
25. This Gift Of Your Time
Everyone is busy, and time marches on at a faster pace than ever. One of the most special and memorable gifts is giving someone your time. Pinterest has a variety of ideas to help you get started, but the time you spend together doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t cost a dime, either, and is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your loved one.