Clothing and just about all forms of apparel can rack you up a pretty penny. If you wait until early October for Columbus Day, you’ll be able to snag some killer deals from some of the most well-recognized brands in America. If you’re going to bulk-up on a wardrobe or give out gifts for just about every guy on your list, this is the time to do it. If you’re a real pro, and you read our section about planning ahead, you can take care of Christmas shopping right around this time too, and beat the holiday mall rush.
Everyone always thinks about the house or the bride, but few think about what the husband wants on his big day. They’re melding two lives together, so he should have something equally excellent to hang up in their home with pride. If you’re the best man, you’ve got a hefty responsibility to get something meaningful and stylish (and avoid inputting inside jokes, as well). Make it meaningful, and ready to warm their house for years to come.
Experience days help remind them that there’s more to life than the mundane that we’re all trapped in from time to time. In truth, it’s one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give, because it shows you took a moment to take an analysis of their likes and dislikes. Buyer beware: don’t get them skydiving lessons if you know they’re afraid of heights. There’s living outside your shell, and then, there’s embarrassing yourself because you didn’t jump out of the plane.
This Round’s on Me - Going out for a drink is the age-old expression of downtime, and telling someone that you want to spend a good few minutes with them, while also treating them to something. These are a great impromptu way to help them take a load off while being able to enjoy some quality time with them yourself. You can also save a bit of money here, so long as you don’t get them blackout drunk, you know?
Corporate Casual - A straightforward way to wrap a corporate casual gift, say at an office party or outing to a co-worker’s birthday after work, is to grab an inexpensive belt from your nearest store and wrap it around their present. It’s low maintenance, and while it allows them to see what the present is, it’s a corporate-friendly way to go about it and get a quick smile from the guy in question.
These DIY holiday succulent planters make a quick and inexpensive Christmas gift for mom (or anyone!) that will last for years. Succulents are an especially unique present with low-maintenance care, and they're perfect for mom, best friends, or co-workers. To create the personalized planter, wrap empty, clean tin cans with 1/4 inch braided red-and-white polypropylene rope. Secure the rope to the can as you wrap using a hot-glue gun. Slightly twist the rope to line up the candy cane-color stripes. Add an adorable Christmas gift tag using a thin piece of twine.
If you want to be the “cool” gift giver this holiday season, take a look at some of the trendiest gifts that are currently in demand. Choose from 100 gifts that all have that cool factor, all that’s required is to find the ones that resonate with your recipients and you’re set. With so much to choose from, the only problem is deciding on which ones.
Just Like the Newsies - There’s just something classic about brown paper and leather strip tying it all together. This is fairly cheap since the paper isn’t bleached or treated in most cases. It also saves you from buying a big roll of wrapping paper when you’re only wrapping a single gift. This wrapping is excellent for gifting clothing or stylish items.
Friends are the family you choose, so the pressure’s on. If you’ve been chumming it up for a while, then you’ve got some hefty expectations resting on your shoulders, just like the SO and family members. It’s about wanting to get them something they’ll love; not just doing it because an event or birthday are passing by. They do everything with you, and you two probably share a lot of the same interests. Out of the whole list, while there’s a bit of pressure, you might have the easiest time grabbing a gift for them. The longer you’ve been best friends, the better time you’ll have picking out their gifts.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the thought of taking over Santa’s duties. With this list of gifts you’ll have a great many gifts that you can put under the tree that are sure to get the desired response. From remote controlled tanks and drones to basketballs that give you stats on your smartphone, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. “Thanks Santa!” will ring through your house again and again.

All that being said, personalized gifts add a bit more oomph by letting the person know exactly how much you pay attention to them, or how in-tune you are with sentimental words and/or phrases. It can turn any gift from a simple object to something they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives. This writer has a customized Cross pen; it was an appropriate gift, given the profession, and engraved with one significant word. It’s still in use to this day and cherished above just about everything else. There’s some serious power behind personalization.
You want the best for your kids, and these gifts deliver. They are the best things you can put under the tree this year that will have them talking long after the season is over. There are fun gifts like animal flip-flops that leave animal tracks behind, and hoodies that make it look like a monster is eating their head. These are the types of gifts that make Christmas memorable, and create that morning moment you’re looking for. 

Friends are the family you choose, so the pressure’s on. If you’ve been chumming it up for a while, then you’ve got some hefty expectations resting on your shoulders, just like the SO and family members. It’s about wanting to get them something they’ll love; not just doing it because an event or birthday are passing by. They do everything with you, and you two probably share a lot of the same interests. Out of the whole list, while there’s a bit of pressure, you might have the easiest time grabbing a gift for them. The longer you’ve been best friends, the better time you’ll have picking out their gifts.
Last year, I recommended the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook (which I own and love), so this year I have to recommend the latest cookbook in the author’s series—Skinnytaste One and Done. As a longtime follower of the blog Skinnytaste, I can confirm all of Gina’s recipes are both healthy and amazing. If you want to get another gift to go with it, check out our favorite small appliances so they can use the cookbook with it.
"My brother is officiating at my wedding tomorrow and does not need anything, so this was the… more perfect gift for the man who loves to make breakfast for his children and anyone else in attendance. He thought opening it was a hoot, and loved the products inside! Couldn't be happier about the outcome and would absolutely order another gift down the road. A million thanks!" - Leslie less
You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.

Corporate Casual - A straightforward way to wrap a corporate casual gift, say at an office party or outing to a co-worker’s birthday after work, is to grab an inexpensive belt from your nearest store and wrap it around their present. It’s low maintenance, and while it allows them to see what the present is, it’s a corporate-friendly way to go about it and get a quick smile from the guy in question.
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