It’s gifting season, and that means it’s time to start putting together some lists if you haven’t already. If you’ve got those gifts ready, it’s time to start shopping! Of course, some people don’t fall into either camp. They may wait until the eleventh hour because the people in their lives are decidedly tricky. We all have those people in our lives who either seem to have everything or prefer more unique and unexpected gift ideas.
Fortunately, there are plenty of gifts that fall into those categories — especially this year, with options ranging from apparel and home goods to kitchen essentials and pet basics. You always want to fill a need or fulfill a desire when you give a gift. Why not make it unique if you can? Here are some ideas that are sure to bring a smile to your recipient’s face.
Sure, it may be winter, but there’s no harm in planning ahead where warmer-weather activities are concerned. If you know your recipient loves spending time outside or is known as the neighborhood entertainer extraordinaire, you can’t go wrong with something they’ll be able to use as soon as temperatures warm up again. Think of it as gearing them up for an exciting year ahead.
As for what to give, your options are virtually limitless. Do they have a nicely arranged outdoor space? Some stylish patio furniture makes a great choice. You’ll find everything from handsome side tables to classic rocking chairs that they could even set on the porch or use indoors if they wanted. Beverage tubs, fire pits, and serving carts all make equally suitable gifts for the outdoorsy person in your life.
People who appreciate the gift of good home décor won’t be able to resist the beauty of a classic doormat — one that’s been personalized with their name for good measure. Doormats on their own are more like necessities. A more festive style in a vibrant color like cherry red or hunter green is a lovely choice that helps them decorate their home for the season. You can also choose from styles etched with holiday messages, like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.”
As for personalizing the gift, it’s a lovely gesture that your recipient will appreciate because it makes the doormat so much more than an ordinary gift. Custom doormats can be styled with the family’s name or with just the recipient’s name if they live on their own. You might also elect to monogram the mat with an initial instead, a detail that some people may prefer for privacy purposes. No matter which option you choose, you can be sure that the end result will be immaculate.
Proud pet owners are only too happy to accept gifts on behalf of their fur babies. Who wouldn’t appreciate a little token of affection given to their sweet pup or feline? Give them a selection of cute and fuzzy holiday-themed toys that their dog can gnaw on or a holiday-themed cat tree for the climber in the home.
You can also choose more upscale gifts, like opulent dog beds personalized with their name. This is a wonderful option for the pet owner who truly pampers their furry companion — you just know that they’ll appreciate anything that supports their endeavors, and there’s nothing quite like a soft and cozy bed to keep pets comfortable when they’re at rest, either. It’s the kind of gift you can feel just as good about giving as they will about receiving.
Giving the gift of food during the holiday season isn’t exactly unusual. There are thousands of options, from baskets loaded with candy to boxes brimming with chocolate. But you can have fun with the foodies in your life this year by surprising them with an upscale or gourmand option that connects with their food-loving sensibilities on an even deeper level.
You’ll see that the options are truly diverse, with flavors and foods to appeal to everyone. There’s no dearth of good gourmet gift baskets, offering everything from boxes loaded with cheese and sausage to snacks like pretzels and cookies. You can even find boxes strictly devoted to a certain type of food or ingredient, like fancy oils and a variety of aged cheeses. If they love sweets, you won’t have to look far to find everything from truffles to fresh-baked cookies.
Everyone needs a bag of some kind for some facet of their lives. Children need backpacks and lunch bags, for example, while college kids may need a roomier backpack that offers them more organizational features. Professionals may need a smart briefcase or a weekender bag if they frequently go on business trips.
Tote bags are wonderfully versatile gifts that virtually everyone can use. You can go the extra mile by filling the bag with essentials that you know they’ll use and appreciate, whether it’s something practical for the teacher in your life or just some tasty holiday treats for anyone who could use something to bring them a dose of good cheer during the season.
Giving a gift to the VIPs on your list is a wonderful way to show that you’re thinking about them and wishing them well during the season. When you put some thought into it, you can be sure they will appreciate the gesture.