These marbleized candlestick holders look like an expensive Christmas gift, but they're actually a simple DIY project. Just dip candlestick holders into paint and water for a stylish swirled design, and give them to parents or grandparents to enjoy. For a Christmas look, we suggest choosing holiday hues, like red and green. For a more timeless approach, silver and plum create a year-round classic.

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We also cover a large list of gift cards. They seem simple, and some call them impersonal. However, there are some guys that no matter how much you analyze what they like, you’ll either find out that they have everything they need for their interests, or they’re just too hard to read. If you’re hitting a wall trying to find a unique gift, you don’t have to stress about it. Gift cards are not impersonal gifts, so long as you have a basic grasp of what they like. Even if you can’t pinpoint the specific items that they want or need, you can generalize with a gift card to a specific place.
Grabbing a gift card from one of the major room retailers, like Hotels.com, gives you a unique opportunity to play the hero. He may spend it on a free night during business travel, or he might spend it to take the family out and take the financial pressure off of a weekend of fun. Either way, it’s an ace in the hole that he can keep in his wallet for when the proper time arises.

So you’ve gone to all the trouble to find what you thought was the perfect gift, only to read the expression on their face, and thank the stars above that you kept that gift receipt or proof of purchase. This is where you’ll have to pay serious attention to shopping online. Buying from stores that have brick and mortar establishments nearby will allow you to go with them, and physically exchange the gift for one of two things: store credit, or an item of equal or lesser value.
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