I love being a really good gift giver. I take a lot of pride in giving a gift that the receiver really loves/wanted. I always have an on-going list on my phone of all potential gifts for loved ones. Sometimes this means I put a little too much pressure on myself to deliver, but for the most part when it comes to giving gifts I feel like I'm pretty good at it!
I do have a few tips and tricks to making your gift-ing as stress-free, and meaningful as possible. And while you might think it's too late to implement these- if you're like me and have yet to finish all your Christmas shopping, maybe you can use a few of these tips this year!
a) I always have an ongoing gift list on my phone. When people I'll always need a gift for make a mention of something they want/like/joke about I jot it down. So if my boyfriend mentions something on January 12th- it goes on the list. He might buy it for himself, it might become obsolete, or I might find something better- BUT it gives me a starting point. Then when I want to buy a gift for someone I reference my list first!
b) Amazon Prime. So worth the price tag. Free 2-day shipping. So- when I'm completely at a loss of gift ides for someone's birthday and then I have a stroke of genius late at night I can hop online, and have it at my door in two days. I've utilized this SO MANY TIMES. Y'all EVERYTHING is on Amazon- plus if you use ebates, or other coupon websites you can rack up the savings. You can always have your gift wrapped and delivered straight to the person you're ordering for. Hello out-of state friends! Now with music streaming and the movie/tv possibilities I think of Amazon Prime is one of my necessities!
c) Amazon wishlist. I could have mentioned this above, but it is so wonderful it deserved it's own paragraph. You can create a public Amazon Wishlist (and make your family and friends create one) that stores all your "wanted" items in one place. Click on a loved one's wishlist and you'll have a go-to list of gift possibilities!
d) Pinterest. I have a "wishlist" board I've created on Pinterest, so I'm sure others do too! Plus, I've created a secret board where I pin all the gift possibilities I come across when wasting time on Pinterest :) You can see anyone's Pinterest board- even if you don't follow them so I love to look through others boards for inspiration. Additionally, I like to look through what they've "liked" on Pinterest for inspiration. Unfortunately, the Pinterest world is more heavily accessed by the female population than the gentlemen- however that means I can pin gifts ideas for the men in my life and they won't see it coming! Additionally, I've noticed Pinterest has a "gift giving" tab where you can find possible gift ideas!
e) DIY. I love a good Do-it-Yourself project. My mom, sis, and I try to find a project that we can all do together and give to our co-workers, and some friends. This often requires a test run, or some supplies that I don't always have just lying around the house- so I usually start looking for a fun DIY gift idea in the early fall.... we buy enough supplies for all three of our gifting needs and it usually ends up being fairly cheap! A few good past gifts we made were homemade vanilla extract, peppermint shower scrub, and painted dish soap dispensers. While some of these require a little more artistic ability than you may feel you have- most of them just require a little time and energy spent reading the instructions! This year, I've been teaching myself Calligraphy and Embossing techniques- sure to come in handy for future gift endeavors!
Below you'll see a few of my favorite gift ideas for this year!
I think a scarf is always a great gift for the ladies! I've been eyeing this one (found on Amazon!) buy my other go to stores for scarves are Gap, World Market, and Nordstrom.
Good design work. Stationary, a print for one's office, Thank-you cards- I love giving the practical gift of paper! So often we hate spending money on fun paper for ourselves, so I love to gift it to my loved ones! A personalized note pad, or an insprigin print to hang on the wall are gifts I'd love to receive as well! My favorite designs are Kate Spade, Ashley Brooke Designs, Emily Ley, and Naptime Diaries.
A subscription to something.... a magazine (Southern Living, Garden & Gun- something not southern that your friends like- Real Simple), Birchbox, Made South, Dollar Shave Club....so many possibilities. I love gifting a subscription to people. I feel like we don't always purchase gifts like this for ourselves, so it's a fun treat to get some mail that isn't a bill or political advertisement.
A good cookbook! Or cooking gadget :) I love finding a unique kitchen gadget, like a lemon lime spritzer, an all in one apple peeler/corer/slicer, or an ice cream maker! Then they'll think of you every time they use their new gadget!