With the holidays on their way, its never too early to get some shopping done ahead of time. I love giving creative and practical gifts that I know people will use so I simultaneously struggle with too many creative ideas and not enough people to share them with.
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If you’re like me, you like gifts to have a special meaning for both the giver and the recipient. Sometimes this can make things complicated when your shopping needs are very specific. Below are some of my favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list:
For a Dad
It seems to me that a lot of Dad’s don’t really know or care to splurge on themselves. When shopping for Dad, think of things that make him happy whether it’s his favorite music, something to make his office a little cozier or an iPhone accessory that makes all the crazy technology in front of him a little easier to use.
For a Mom
In general, Moms are only slightly better at indulging than Dads. I stick to the same philosophy when shopping for my Mom that I do when I look for presents for Dad: Fun but practical & perhaps something she wouldn’t pick up for herself. Expensive tea, pajamas that make her feel like it’s Mother’s Day every day and fancy creams & lotions are all great choices.
For a sister
I have found that many sister relationships are dependent on borrowing to some degree (whether consensual or not). To improve upon this relationship, I suggest empowering the borrower (or borowee, is that a thing?) with the opportunity to afford all that makes their closet, beauty regimen and Instagram covetable.
For a brother
Guys are notoriously hard to shop for and whether or not they’re related to you makes no difference. I like to make shopping and gift giving easy by going for the gold and finding sister-approved items from unstained sports apparel and classic pieces they can (and will) actually wear to family gatherings. Oh, and a little subtle aftershave never killed anyone either…
For a best friend
I am the luckiest girl because I have the greatest friends and they all have very unique and equally fabulous senses of style. Coffee table books they can display in their gorgeous apartments, jewelry that is simple but enhances their own tastes and excuses to pamper themselves are all safe bets as far as my friends are concerned.
For a coworker
Let’s face it, you see your co-workers more often than you see your family in most cases. By extension, this makes them part of your professional family and if you’re in the kind of situation where gift-giving is appropriate, let them know you care by sharing a present that will keep on giving the whole year through.
For a grandparent
Shopping for grandparents is perhaps some of the best shopping you can do. Gifts are inspired by memories, fun things you have done together and mementos you know will put a smile on their face.
For a bride-to-be
I’m at the age where it seems like everyone I know is getting married. Because of that, it’s super important for me to give gifts that have meaning and are functional for the new couple.
For a mom-to-be
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…yup, you guessed it, I have friends who are single, engaged and having babies! The holidays are an especially fun time of year to shop for cozy baby things like blankets, booties and other tiny little adorable things.
For a grad
A group largely forgotten by holiday gifting are the grads or soon-to-be grads. Soon, the full-time academic in your life will be facing interviews, networking events and over-caffeinated days at the office. Help prepare them for the real world by giving them something they can really use.
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