In the old days, shopping for gifts during the holidays was quite the experience. People like you and me were forced to brave the harsh winter weather, combat crowds of frantic shoppers, and scramble from store to store to find great Christmas gifts during the busy holiday season. Most of us were limited to whatever the local shops and big-box stores had to offer, so finding unique presents and specialty items was quite a chore.

The Dapper Switcharoo - We’ve all seen YouTube videos about switcharoos; you put the gift in a non-related gift box. In this case, you can usually get away with this wrapping completely for free. Take a box from one of your expensive pairs of shoes, or a hat box (you can usually check if your friends have branded boxes to signify an expensive gift is inside), and act like it’s no big deal when you hand it to them. They’ll open it, and everyone will get a good chuckle, while they get the gift that you knew they wanted.

We told you about the best sales, and how you logistically coordinate your budget and shopping days is completely up to you. If you’re not exactly an elitist when it comes to holiday shopping, you’re not alone. Most people don’t really learn how to shop, they tend to panic, make regretful purchases, and hope for the best. To avoid all that drama, this is what to do on each major gift-giving holiday.

You’ve probably heard of, seen, or owned a Le Creuset dutch oven. They are one of the most popular wedding gifts for newlyweds and, like KitchenAid stand mixers, a kitchen staple for adults everywhere. When I was shopping for my wedding registry earlier this year, an employee at Williams-Sonoma encouraged us not to register for a Le Creuset, but instead a Staub dutch oven. I became curious and started noticing my favorite food bloggers posting meals in Staub cookware on Instagram—and I recognized that my favorite fast casual food place, Cava, used them to display food. THEN, we tested dutch ovens at Reviewed and our favorite overall was the Staub! Clearly these dutch ovens are hot right now, so get them for the person in your life who loves cooking. You can’t go wrong.
If you’re on the hunt for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas gift that’s practical and beautiful, a custom photo blanket might just be the ticket. Your loved ones can snuggle up by the fireplace with their favorite memories printed right on the oh-so-cozy fleece photo blankets. These custom blankets are extremely versatile—you can use them as a comfy throw in the living room, a bed cover, or...

Every year, you have one less gift you’ll be able to get them. We know mates on their twentieth anniversary who already have a handful of engraved, personalized items, and all the gadgets their inner child could ever want. This gets tricky, but it’s not a lost cause. For everything he has, you can branch-off and get him something else. He enjoys his fine liquors; get him a new glass set. He’s a collector; there’s a never-ending list of watches we’re accumulating here. When in doubt, build on what’s already been built upon. It may no seem as “custom” to you, but if they have a clear interest in it, they’re going to appreciate it more than you think.
Because every family enjoys baked goodies, sweets and treats, a personalized cookie jar makes for a delicious Christmas gift. What makes this personalized cookie jar exceptional is that you can customize it with so many options! You can add two lines of text on top of the custom cookie jar to specify the family name or a fun, personal message. You can then add up to eight family member characters...
So he’s more of a hiker; that’s okay. July has Independence Day sales on a lot of hiking gear, outdoor furniture, and even grills. It’s the dead set center of the summer, and in certain areas, those are the only months where they can really do anything with the great outdoors. Give them an addition to their hiking arsenal, and pocket the shaved-off top of the budget to keep for yourself (or grab them an additional gift). You’ll also see similar sales on Labor Day come the beginning of September.
"We got this for a friend as a thank you for some work he had done for us. He lets us know that he… more really liked it. He said that when he opened the box, he smelled MEAT. He added that his wife had her eye on the salmon jerky. Since they had recently traveled to Alaska, the knife was a hit. They'd been debating whether to buy one when they were there and hadn't, so now they have one.” - Julie less
From the 20th wedding anniversary onwards, traditional gift materials are not offered every year; typically only every five years or so. The modern list differs in this respect, whereby a gift material is suggested for every year, at least up until the 30th anniversary, which possibly signifies a couples’ need to continue investing as much effort as possible into sustaining the commitment and romance in the later years of marriage.

Some items aren’t going to come with anywhere near what you want for a shipping option. When we review gear here, we take a lot of factors into consideration and try to make sure everything has a healthy window of shipping and delivery. When you get items on the cheap from overseas, you can expect to still be waiting throughout, and past certain holiday seasons.
As for our story books, they’re guaranteed to lend story time an extra fun vibe as kids experience the excitement of seeing their name in print. We even feature interactive CDs too. Now that’s what we call a gift to fire the imagination! Or perhaps you’re heading to the classroom or sport’s field. On the move or off to school, our personalized backpacks are just thing for keepings junior’s books, school supplies, sports kit or toys organized, and better yet they’re easy-to-spot! And make sure your kids are hydrated to play by surprising them with personalized reusable water bottles with their names on the bottle.
For Christmas gift-giving emergencies, dress up a simple gift card with our festive holiday holders. Stitch two pieces of felt together, using your card to measure the proper sizes of felt. Trace holiday-theme stencil designs onto felt in contrasting colors; cut out. Use hot-glue to secure to holder. Cut a small circle at the top of each tag; thread with baker's twine.
With all that shipping information at your fingertips now, there are a few things you can do to plan ahead of time so your guy doesn’t miss his perfect gift. For one, you’ll do well to grab it a month in advance and stow it away on the top shelf in your closet (because childhood taught us that the best gifts go there). Take gift receipts and return policies into consideration. We already talked about these higher up in the guide, but to reiterate, it sucks getting a gift you didn’t actually want. Getting it returned or exchanged can be the light at the end of the tunnel, but not if your gift receipt exchange window expired. Pay close attention to that when planning to purchase ahead of time.
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.
To overcome the common problem people faced as to what to give one’s spouse each year, an American author by the name of Emily Post, who wrote on the topic of etiquette, was the first to recommend a list of anniversary gift themes which was published in 1922 in her book titled 'Etiquette’. In that book, she listed suggestions for the first anniversary, followed by the fifth anniversary, and then every five years or so up until the 25th, and concluded with the 50th wedding anniversary. The American National Retail Jeweler Association expanded on this list in 1937 by filling in the missing years up to the 14th wedding anniversary, and the subsequent multiples of five up to the 50th year.
This tome will make a statement with any wine lover. Hand-bound and presented in a large wooden crate big enough to hold a desktop computer, the new book by sommelier Enrico Bernardo covers the most important wines of the twentieth century. Bernardo, who was named Best Sommelier of the World in 2004 and made his name at the Four Seasons George V in Paris, covers the most noteworthy vintages from around the globe. From 1928 Krug Champagne to the 1951 Penfolds Grange Bin 95 to the 1973 Stag's Leap Estate SLV, the wines included are exquisite enough to impress even the most well-read winos.
Young paleobiologists use the included, specially designed digging tools of this T-Rex Dinosaur DNA set to excavate and build a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur model from plaster-encased DNA fragments and skeleton parts. Upload the collected DNA information to bring it to virtual life. Set includes a brush, 2 AR play mats, a piece of soft wax, and detailed instructions. Ages 8-15.
Below we have put together a comprehensive and accurate table detailing the most recognized traditional and modern gift themes by anniversary year. You can click in the far right column to get a full overview for each year. After much research, we believe it to be the most detailed list of anniversary gift theme information available on the Internet today.
One of our favorites among Christmas gifts for women, this luxurious Rose Body Scrub is the perfect solution to help that lovely lady in your life refresh and rejuvenate after a stressful holiday season. Created with only the finest certified organic ingredients like stimulating organic sea salt, nourishing organic almond oil, organic jojoba oil, and organic rose flower, and therapeutic rose...

Some exchanges may require you to bring a form of photo ID, even just for exchanges. If there’s a physical store, you can go for the same item in different colors or sizes, or as we mentioned, something of equal or lesser value. In the end, you could even grab the store credit, and transfer it over to the gentleman on your list who didn’t like the gift. That way, he’ll be able to go pick something out or use it with his own money for a larger purchase.

Bright floral prints keep a home looking warm despite winter chill—an ideal Christmas gift for  friends who prefers bold motifs. Choose the frame and cut a piece of cold press board (sturdy, textured paper found in crafts stores) an inch smaller than the frame on all sides. To create the irregular white border, brush frisket (liquid similar to rubber cement that will mask areas you don't want painted) along the edges with an imperfect stroke; let dry. Place silk or plastic greenery (look for pieces that lie flat) on each board, and spray with a single coat of paint. Remove the greenery, and allow the paint to dry. Carefully rub off frisket, then attach the print to white paper backing and place in frame.

We can’t tell you how to budget, but planning as far ahead of time as possible will keep you from experiencing unexpected expenses during rough seasons, and maybe even allow you to treat yourself for all the research and thoughtfulness you’ve done today. We do know that putting proper provisions in place allows you to stave-off all the anxiety and worry that comes with gift buying, and allow you to focus on fantasizing about their reactions.

Our gift guides cover all the great holidays and occasions you need to shop for. Shopping for these women shouldn’t be stressful, it should be fun! Whether you are shopping for a toddler, a teenager, a young mom, or an older woman, we have the gift guides that will lead you in the right direction for all of them. From toy suggestions to wine guides, we have got you covered for all the women in your life!


Durable board books for infants personalized with the baby's name and photo make adorable keepsakes, while older adopted children will love seeing their name and photo in print in beautifully illustrated storybooks. For children who just became big brothers and sisters, personalized storybooks remind them they're still loved, and that a new sibling can be fun.
How cute is this camera?! This is a great gift for people who love taking pictures and HAVING pictures. I bought and used the Instax Mini 9 at my wedding this year for guests to take photos of themselves. A friend also had the camera while we were traveling in Greece this summer, and I have some of those pictures hanging on my fridge. Great for adults, college students, and teens, this Fujifilm camera is an excellent gift.
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Now, all this talk is great and helpful, but if your guy doesn’t consider himself to be ultra stylish, you have to look out for something. SOs, you have to make sure they don’t feel like you are trying to dictate their wardrobe like you want to see them in something else instead of their normal day-to-day wear. You want to avoid seeming insultive, so you’re going to leave all this talk out of why you got that specific jacket and pair of jeans for them.
Dolls make great girl Christmas gifts, but stretch her imagination and let her play with a dollhouse that she sets up for herself. For Christmas ideas for boys, think about engraved sports equipment that they can use next season or an art set if they are a young artist. Art easels are an especially thoughtful gift for kids that can help them expand their minds and are perfect presents for kids any time of year.
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.
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.

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.
He travels a lot, he’s constantly taking Uber in the big city when he’s on a business trip, or just doesn’t own a car. Nothing’s more thoughtful than giving them a safe ride home from one too many drinks at the bar, or a safe place to stay when they’re traveling abroad. Airbnb gives them the ability to stay in multiple countries, as well, so international travel doesn’t have to include expensive hotels and a depleted level of funds.
You guys have all the fun. You grew up with/raised this guy, and you’re fairly certain you know what he enjoys. You know enough about his job, his hobbies, and his habits to get him something truly spectacular. There’s also a little bit more expectation resting on your shoulders, for all the reasons listed above. It may be a bit upsetting if you miss the mark entirely, and don’t get them something that fits in line with their life. They may negatively take it as, “Wow, I guess they really don’t know me after all.”
There’s thin ice to tread, though. When a man is conscious of his style, he’s going to take certain gifts with a bit more doubt. This guy requires a bit of extra work to figure out his ideal style gift. If he’s not into boots, and you grab a pair of Chelsea boots for him, it’s going to feel more like, “This is what they want me to wear, not what’s in line with my style.” To avoid that, we have a section further in the guide, all about color-matching with certain skin tones, and their current wardrobe. That’s going to show some real dedication and attention to their style, while still getting something that compliments them.
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