What are you gifting to friends or family this year? I thought this post might be a good place to share ideas. The Smith family doesn’t go all out for the holidays like some families do, mainly because we are all VERY fortunate to not want for anything, and also because neither my husband nor I are that “into” Christmas. That being said, we still like to exchange a few small gifts with close family and a few friends.
1) Vintage glassware or milkglass. Know someone who is into vintage house goods? vintage glassware, bakeware, and milkglass are readily available on Etsy, eBay, and in thrift stores and antique stores. They’re unique AND affordable AND useful (yes, you can use them for baking and cooking). Those of you who know me know that I LOVE vintage Pyrex and Fire King so of course, this would be on my list!
2) A unique assortment of coffee. who doesn’t like coffee, right? A few small bags of locally roasted coffee would make any coffee lover happy. I’d recommend getting whole beans and waiting until just before the holidays to retain their freshness. Pick your best local coffee brand and see if a local store or coffee shop sells their beans. In my area, Counter Culture coffee is the best and is readily available. You could also do this with tea!
3) A unique assortment of beers. for that beer lover in your life (or in our case, it’s my father-in-law), nothing says “i love you” like a box of brew. Every birthday, father’s day, Christmas, and special occasion, we buy my FIL beer. Why? Because he has everything he needs and LOVES beer. Plus it’s easy. We go to our local beer store and choose various bottles of his favorite kind (porters and stouts), box them up, and wrap them up. Voila!
4) A grocery store gift certificate. I know, it sounds boring, but for a college student or a young person just starting their post-college life, grocery store gift certificates are warmly welcomed. Everyone’s gotta eat! My mother-in-law gave my husband and I one when we were first starting our lives together and it was a HIT!
5) A donation to you favorite charity in the recipient’s name. If both you and your intended gift giver have everything that you could ever want or need, why don’t you make a donation in his or her name? If they’re a pet lover, it could be to the ASPCA or the Humane Society. There are so many non-profits out there that do good in the community; a donation during the holidays would really help someone in need.
6) Check out your local stores for unique gift ideas. Try to shop local when you can. Check out local gift shops for unique gift ideas. Kitchen gadgets, scarves, locally made foodstuffs, art, crafts, hand-made jewelry, etc…. the options are endless. Some things I’ve bought locally that have been a big hit: a hanging star lantern, locally made jams and jellies, kitchen gadgets in the shape of a russian nesting doll, a hand-made wooden spoon, hand-made soaps, jewelry, garden accoutrements.
7) Make something special! Are you a DIY maven? or not? Either way, the internet is replete with DIY gift ideas. Jewelry, aprons, knitted scarves, gift boxes, cookies, personalized mugs, throws, etc. My favorite DIY project this year is this awesome DIY chalkboard mug from Wit & Whistle blog. Read on for instructions. Thanks to them for posting such an awesome DIY idea! Note: unfortunately the required chalkboard porcelain paint has been on back-order fro quite some time. I don’t think I’ll have time to make these for Christmas, boooo.