Sunday, November 29, 2009
Gifting: A Guide
For the crafter on your list:
- a new xacto knife
- spray paint squeeze trigger
- fresh colored pencils, or sharpie markers
- A really nice package of heavy weight paper in any color
- Several fancy paper punches
- Rolls of twine, jute, and butchers string
- Good quality scissors – they kind she would never justify buying for herself
For the fashionista:
- faux pashmina or other trendy scarf – Wal-Mart and Wisteria have great deals on these
- Really nice tights in several colors – is she’s conservative stick to black, brown, and grey. If she’s a little more trendy try patterns or dark colors like cranberry and plum
- A statement necklace. Modcloth and Lulu*s have some beautiful and affordable pieces
- A set or two of wooden hangers
- A really nice hair brush
For the cook:
- A good quality paring knife – you can never have too many!
- Nice, thick dish towels that match the kitchen – then make him/her get rid of the gross ones lurking in a drawer
- A set of exotic spices or ingredients
- A fun bottle to hold the dish soap
- A set of three nice cutting boards
- Organic/natural counter spray – you can even make this yourself.
For the guys
- Junk food they don’t normally get to eat – My husband gets a can of Easy Cheese and a bunch of Reese’s cups every year, and he loves it!
- A game from their childhood or a remote controlled car/plane/truck
- A kit to make something – a mini solar car, model hot rod, and similar kits have gone over well.
- Fresh equipment for their favorite sport – according to my husband, you can never have too many golf balls.
- A non-fiction book on one of their interests – sports jokes, home improvement guides, Dave Berry, Bill Bryson, etc.
- A coupon for something they love – “A homemade pumpkin pie whenever you want it, even July” was a big hit
- Nails, screws, wire, sandpaper, and other hardware items
For the newly weds
- A collection of your favorite tried and true (not fancy or complex) recipes in a photo album with extra room for adding more.
- Candle sticks – I think everyone forgets to put these on their registries
- A few meaningful ornaments so the tree isn’t too bare.
- A Christmas tradition – an advent wreath or calendar, a copy of The Polar Express and a bell, etc. With a note explaining how the tradition works at your house.
For the person who has everything
- a book of forever stamps
- movie tickets
- bees, chicks, or a share of a cow from Heifer
- a copy of a book that has changed your life, either in print or on CD
- A letter explaining what they mean to you and why you love and respect them
- A standing invitation to dinner at your house, once a month (or whatever) for a year
- A handwritten letter, or cartoon, or doodle, mailed to them once a week for a year
I hope you find these ideas helpful! Please add your own tried and true gift ideas in the comments, we can all use all the help we can get!