Well Played - If you want to throw some DIY in the mix and make it the most auspicious gift they’ll receive, this one’s pretty fun. All it takes is a large cardboard box, one sheet of wrapping paper, and a stapler. Put the box vertically, and make a 2x3 grid of circular cuts. Lay the wrapping paper along the inside and make it like a carnival game, while putting their gift behind one of the hole punches. It’s also fun to have them go through all of them without having the gift inside. When they turn around baffled, just hand it to them; you’re sure to get a laugh from the room.
"I thought he'd like this... but he loved it. He says it is one of the best presents he has ever… more gotten. He loves pocket knives, and is handy, but also loves customizing and personalizing things. He was able to make a personal knife that fits his hand perfectly, and he hasn't stopped telling me how great it is, how happy he is. I wish I could buy a gift like this for him every time. Worth every penny, super high-quality material, took him about 18 hours to finish. I bought it for him 3 days ago, haha." - Katie less
Now, we get to the most notorious American shopping holiday, heard ‘round the world: Black Friday. This, along with the predecessor of Thanksgiving Day doorbusters, make up one of the greatest and most iconic shopping experiences in America. In recent years, it’s been rolled-up into a three-day extravaganza with our next addition but still offers some killer digital sales. We’re not going to recommend venturing out into the wild, wild world of Black Friday shopping, but sitting online at home is definitely the way to go.
Another appliance that might not have been on your radar when you registered: the Instant Pot. This programmable pressure cooker debuted in 2010, but has steadily gained a cult following in just the last few years as an appliance that can make just about any foods, from slow cooker favorites like chili and stews to popcorn, desserts and more. Fans of the appliance have developed a whole suite of their own recipes and cookbooks, but for a newly married couple–especially one that might be adding to their family soon—it’s all about convenience and ease of preparation with this appliance that does everything a pressure cooker can do and more. This appliance has more than 24,000 positive reviews on Amazon and is a Wirecutter pick for the best pressure cooker.
Buying one gift is great, two gifts are fine, but buying too many gifts will diminish the value of each additional gift you give to them, rendering the sentiment essentially useless. More thought packed into a single gift beats half-a-dozen smaller ones. It’s not about physical size or the price tag. Understandable occasions are when it’s more than one item to complete a single gift; you wouldn’t buy him just dress pants, would you? You’d opt for a two or three-piece suit. Getting multiple unrelated gifts gives off the idea that you were in a frenzy, and while you threw money at the sentiment, that you were more panicked about getting gifts than making sure they were truly meaningful.
A six-panel window frame becomes a weekly calendar that makes a stylish Christmas present. Each day of the workweek is assigned a pane, and the sixth makes room for notes (or your Christmas list). To make, tape off the wood frame with painter's tape and spray several coats of magnetic spray paint on the front of the glass panes, allowing each coat to dry between applications. Paint each pane with colorful chalkboard paint using a paintbrush to edge and a small foam roller to fill in. Let dry. Remove tape from wood frame.
This is just going to put a big strain on the entire gift-buying and giving process. If you’re a SO, and this is your type of guy, we truly commemorate you for proceeding with all of this in mind. Keep in mind, barring any reaction, that they’re practical and don’t necessarily want overly lavish items. Make it functional, effective in their current life, and try to keep the budget on the lower end.
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.