Updated: Nov 17, 2020
*WARNING: THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL GIFT GUIDE*
Unpopular opinion: I don't like gift guides. Yes, I've put some together in the past but only because (I hate to say this) everyone was doing it. To me, gift guides are too broad. Sometimes a list of items isn't enough to help someone *actually* shop. So really, this gift guide is actually more of a "how to apply gift guides to actual shopping."
I love giving gifts. This is one of my favorite ways to show my loved ones that I'm thinking of them. The act of thinking of, searching for, and finding a perfect gift is so fun for me. But the most rewarding part is physically giving the gift and watching your loved ones LOVE what you have gotten for them. The most special gifts are sentimental, the most loved gifts are unexpected, and the most appreciated gifts are needed.
So what makes me qualified to tell you how to shop for gifts? I have been in the retail world for around 7 years now. I have been helping people shop for gifts since I was 16 years old. Along the way, I learned a lot about gift giving and how to help people find something special. I hope (in some small way) this helps remove stress from the gift buying process and allows you to finally ENJOY shopping for and giving gifts!
Whether it be your wife, girlfriend, mom, daughter, sister, etc. the key is to find something special they normally would love/want but would never buy for themselves. For example, one year I gave my Mother-In-Law a personalized hand painted globe. She has traveled to many places all over the world that now hold a special place in her heart. This globe is something she never would've bought for herself. However, these types of gifts don't have to be personalized or sentimental. They can also be an experience or luxury! Many women practice "self care" on their nails, hair, skin, etc. Often times they have to cut these practices out when time (and money) becomes tight. These are great experience type gifts to give a gal who would appreciate the excuse to pamper herself!
Women also tend to make lists of things they want. If you want to ensure she will love her gift, give her something you know she wants! There's nothing wrong with giving someone *exactly* what they asked for. If you want to be extra fancy, give her the item she wants plus a small special present she didn't see coming. She will love the small surprise and will appreciate the extra thought put into it.
Ideas for Her:
Massage or Facial
Silk Pillow Case
Cute House Slippers
Plush or Silk Robe/Pajama's
Barefoot Dreams Blanket, Socks, or Cardigan
Personalized Makeup Case
Handmade/Customized Painting or Jewelry
Moms: personalized items of their kids hand prints or birthstones
Pet moms: pet subscription boxes or personalized items of their fur babies (phone cases, drawings/paintings, picture frames, etc)
People always complain about shopping for men but in my opinion, they are by far the easiest. Gift them items that they *would* normally buy for themselves. If they love fishing, buy them supplies to help advance their skill. If they love eating out, give them a gift card to their favorite restaurant. Men will appreciate the excuse (and money saved) to do something they love to do. Done! Easy peasy.
Ideas for Him:
Hunting/Fishing gear or tools
Gift Cards: restaurants/breweries, car wash or detailing, TopGolf, Go-Carts
Nice bottle or growler of his favorite alcohol
Set of drinking glasses
Grilling tools and gear
Fun gadgets for the home
Pj's & house shoes
1 Year subscription box
Want to knock out two birds with one stone? Give *one* gift to *two* people! Couples tend to love gifts they need or an experience to do together. Parents with small children would love an excuse for a date night or time to spend together. Bonus: offer a free night of babysitting on top of it! Newlyweds? See what they didn't receive on their registry. They will appreciate an appliance or tool they need but don't necessarily have the money for right now. Couples gifts are your chance to get creative. Multiple couples in your family? Gift them all the same type of date night or appliance. One gift and DONE!
Ideas for Them:
Date Night: restaurant and movie gift card
Parents: free night of babysitting
Newlyweds: item they didn't receive on their registry
Appliances or gadgets for a new home
His and Her items
Amazon or Visa gift cards
Wine/beer tasting & tour
Tips & Tricks
There are many other things to keep in mind when shopping for great gifts. If you truly want to step up your gift-giving game, the main goal is to be *intentional.* Don't go blindly shopping, you'll end up giving gifts that get returned and not appreciated. I touched on this in the "For Her" section, but don't be afraid to gift something that someone has ASKED for. Just be careful to check with other friends/relatives to ensure you aren't "double gifting" anyone!
Most importantly, don't break the bank trying to give everyone fancy gifts. Sometimes the smallest presents mean the most. Your family and friends will understand your budget. I promise they do not expect expensive items. And if they do, then they might not be worth shopping for....just sayin'!
It's not about the gifts. It’s about the effort. A little thought will go a long way. People will notice that you've put in the effort and they'll appreciate that more than the gift. Keep that in mind but don't overthink everything. Let it come naturally to you and just remember the reason for the season.
If you've read this far along, thank you! I hope this blog was helpful. Despite all the craziness of 2020, I pray you and your family have a beautiful holiday season.
XOXO, The Chic Next Door