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.
If you’re zoning-in on their interests, use the knowledge at your disposal to garner a good foundation. If you’ve heard anything in passing, such as, “I’d really like to do this, but I don’t have X to do it with,” you just figured out something vital: they don’t have everything they need to complete their desired tasks, and you now have a much more narrow margin of error. Bonus points if you remember exactly what they said they needed, even if it’s something that’s not inline with your interests.
This Christmas gift makes an adorable office decoration or home accessory. Colorful baker's twine and papier-mache come together to create a too-cute monogrammed Christmas gift perfect for mom, best friends or sisters. Embellish a flat wooden frame with varying widths of wrapped twine on opposite corners. Then display a twine-wrapped papier-mache letter inside the frame opening. For a full Christmas theme, gravitate toward red and green twine.
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.
Have you ever grown a plant that closes its leaves when tickled? Magnificent Christmas gifts for kids, these interactive, pet like plants are easy to grow indoors year round for fun that just doesn’t stop. These unique plants actually close their leaves and lower their branches when you tickle them. The TickleMe Plant grows inside its own little greenhouse, and the kit includes an acrylic 6...
Skydiving - Yeah, we joked about it, but it’s a thrilling experience. If he’s an adrenaline junky, the guy who just can’t get enough of life in the fast lane, this will make his head spin. These are also systematic with parachuting and hang gliding, though those usually require a more remote location. Falling safely out of the sky throws caution to the wind, while still playing it safe and enjoying the time of your life.
Remind your loved ones what matters most with this easy Christmas gift. Bonus: It's a super inexpensive holiday present. Download and print our free sign, then glue a magnet to the front of a framed wood plaque from a crafts store, then stick a metal clip to the magnet to hold the artwork. This Christmas craft comes in handy for displaying holiday cards, too.
This isn’t a bag thing, but it also comes with an additional difficulty factor, one that we wanted to flesh out in an entire section. The practical guy has three types of people who are going to understand his hobbies or understand what items will make his career/job easier to perform. They see these gifts as optimizing their life, which is a big up for the happiness factor. The types of people and the reactions they can expect are as follows:
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.
Make Them Work For It - Similar to the switcharoo, you can simply wrap their present, then stick it in a gift box, then in a gift bag, and put some gift paper on top of it. It’s a tedious way for them to get a few laughs (comedies come in threes) while making them work for their gift and joking around with them on the way. This is a really fun way to add a twist.
To make the gift giving experience a little easier, explore categories that are compatible with different life stages and hobbies. Having a hard time figuring out what kids are into these days? Find an age appropriate gift for a child by checking out Baby Gifts, Kids Gifts or Tween Gifts. Not sure what to get for the gamer in your life? Take a look at Gaming Gifts and find the newest consoles, video games, headsets and gaming chairs for less. For your fashion-forward friend, browse the latest trends in Stylish Gifts, or for your computer savvy co-worker, check out Techie Gifts and find the hottest wireless headphones, 2-in-1 laptops and smartphones.
Most commentators on the subject will add that neither the Traditional gift list or Modern gift list is better than the other. It all boils down to the recipient’s tastes and interests, and the sentiment the giver wishes to convey, as to which list for that particular year yields the more appealing option for them. It is the thought that counts, especially the intention to commemorate each anniversary as a unique anniversary in its own right.
Look, we all know how hard it is to find the perfect gift and the pressure that goes along with it. Whether it is your daughter, mother, niece, or friend, you need to find the perfect gift. Well we take the pressure right off of your shoulders. We have a wide range of gift guides to cover every holiday or occasion because you don’t need more stress in your life. Does your girl love wine? Or maybe your daughter is a techie or tomgirl. No matter what the occasion or personality, you are sure to find an amazing gift for every woman in your life.
Every man needs a black suit and a pair of dress shoes, but these days, gents are taking fashion by storm with a more formal wardrobe. We’re all reminiscent of the roaring twenties through the fifties, around the time that suits and dress shirts started to die-out, and more modern clothing started to stick. Men actually enjoy looking their best, meaning you can choose between cufflinks, dressy boots, and shoes, or watches to complete their formal outfit (we have an insane catalog of watch buying guides depending on what they’re into).
Christmas gifts are specially selected presents that are given to loved ones during the holiday season in western cultures. Personalized gifts, unique presents, gift baskets, handmade items and the like are wrapped in festive paper and placed under decorated Christmas trees or presented at gift exchanges all over the world to celebrate the Christmas holiday. In the United States and some other countries, these gifts are typically opened on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (December 25th). Christmas gifts are a reminder of the gifts given to the Christ child by the three Magi. A highly commercialized practice in the U.S., approximately 86% of Americans buy Christmas presents for their family members and friends.
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.
Another fantastic product that is gaining popularity is an essential oil diffuser. These are little devices that you add water and just a few drops of an essential oil of your choice too. Then, they diffuse the scent of the essential oil throughout whatever space they are in. Different essential oils have different benefits, so this can be a wonderful way to help her with a variety of things from getting over colds faster to getting to sleep easier or just simply filling her home, workplace, or even car with lovely scents in a more natural way than traditional air fresheners.
Accentuate a vintage bowl with delicate copper leaf to create one-of-a-kind decorative dishes perfect for holding everything from jewelry to keys. These decorative gifts are lovely, inexpensive, and ideal presents for friends and family during the holiday season. For first-timers, choose an simple design like our mistake-proof ragged copper edge. Finish with a clear spray sealer to ensure this Christmas gift spans the whole season.
Does the guy on your list identify with any of these? There’s a lot more to grabbing the right gift, but if you can start by pinpointing their primary interests and hobby, and what type of guy they are when it comes to style, you’ll be able to continually narrow down your list. Nobody wants to get a gift that the other person doesn’t absolutely flip over, so as we continue, we’ll minimize the possibility of that happening.
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.
Cute Christmas gift ideas that are customizable always win, and that's why we love these homemade Christmas coasters for family and friends. Print silhouette clip art onto heavy white paper and cut out the shapes. Use a pencil to lightly trace each silhouette onto the center of a wooden plaque. Trace over the pencil lines using a wood-burning pen fitted with a narrow cone point. Fill in the outlines by burning the silhouettes with a flow point on a wood-burning pen. Apply two coats of glossy polyurethane sealer to the coasters, letting each coaster dry between coats. Paint the beveled edges of the coasters gray, and let the paint dry before adding a final coat of polyurethane sealer. Glue four felt circles to the bottom of each coaster.
If pay dates are a restriction, it’s also possible to go 50/50 with another friend, so long as you pay them back after your next paycheck. This can help you reduce mistakes with late orders, and take the weight off your shoulders. Even in precise logistics, there’s a margin of error. Having a bit of wiggle room with your shipping and delivery dates is a good thing.
That last rule is why you’ll see men with square watches, generally with broader bands than standard watches. Pocket squares, sharp-angled ties, and flattering patterns all play into the rugged stud style, as well. If you end up going for a tie, go with stripes, lines, or a plaid design. It’s all straight-cut, giving more dimension to the angles of their face, and their body.
For the fashionista in your life, consider giving her a subscription to the Trunk Club. She can get a rotation of high quality apparel and shoes on a monthly or seasonal basis. The first step is to initiate membership and set up a style profile. She will have the option to consult with a stylist and pre-approve the items before they ship. When the Trunk Club box arrives, she can try on the garments and decide whether or not to purchase them. Wardrobe staples include denim, sneakers, sweaters, and outerwear and range from $40 to $300. Nordstrom backs all inventory. Each trunk has a styling fee of $25.
I ordered this, and a personalized card, for friends who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next week. They did not want gifts, but as they are close friends, my husband & I wanted them to have a personal memento from us. The ornament and card just arrived and, WOW!!! They are just beautiful!! The quality of the ornament and the card are excellent - they both have the look & feel of items costing 4 times the price at an expensive department store. I can't wait for us to present these to the anniversary couple. They are beyond expectations! And, they arrived quickly, and very well packed. And, the price can't be beat. This is our 2nd happy purchase from you and I know we'll be back for another happy occasion. Thanks so much for the beautiful, beautiful items and the prompt and quality service!!
"I ordered a crate for my dad's birthday and he loved it! After opening, everyone started looking at… more the Man Crates site to see what crates they would want to have or send to others. I knew I had to check out Man Crates again for Father's day. I thought to myself 'Whats the Father's day equivalent to Mother's day flowers?' and this is it! I cannot wait for it to be delivered to my dad." - Jill less
Gift shopping can be hard. No matter if you’re shopping for a sibling, a longtime spouse, or a co-worker, the act of picking out the perfect gift can be overwhelming. What does she want? What doesn’t she already own? What color would she want it in? Is she allergic to anything? Does she like to read? What is her favorite scent? So many questions, so little time to buy.
Snuggle up with the ones you love under this thick and cozy personalized Sherpa blanket this winter! This personalized blanket features Micro Mink material on one side, giving it seriously smooth softness, as well as faux lambs-wool Sherpa material on the other which further fills out the weight and thickness of the blanket. It’s like a warm hug to wrap around you as you read a book, catch...
"I’m jealous! This crate was for my husband, but oh my goodness, can I just say we both are loving… more it!?!! The smokey flavor of the maple syrup is amazing! My husband loves Old Fashions so this was perfect for him. But now they may be my new favorite as well! The bitters are amazing too! It’s always been hard for me to find bitters that make a drink good but wow! These are great!! The glasses are made in Germany and much nicer than I expected. The crate is great and makes the gift fun and unique! I highly recommend!!" - Kelly less
These slippers have a 5-star rating on Nordstrom from over 3,000 reviews! The Dakota slipper has been around for years, combining fashion and comfort into one. You can even wear the shoe outside, as it has a rubber sole. Speaking from experience, you can’t go wrong with UGG slippers as a gift. In the past six years, I have given a different pair of UGG slippers to my mom, grandmother, grandfather, fiancé, and brothers – and each time, they were a hit.
Kids love presents that are custom-made just for them. Stitching their names on backpacks, beach towels, and bean bags adds a special touch to presents for kids. Our personalized gifts for kids collection includes mini furniture such as a play table or rocking chair for a kid's bedroom, toys, dolls, keepsake boxes, and cute apparel. How about a storybook with the child as the main character? These children gifts for boys and girls are sure to delight.
This absolutely adorable penguin family ornament is a perfect Christmas gift for family and close friends. The unique Christmas ornament can be personalized with three to six family member’s names, each professionally engraved. Additionally, you can choose to include any family title, last name or a short personal message in the shimmering snow on the bottom. Handcrafted using vibrant colors...
Dads are fun to shop for because they have a wider and more varying group of interests. Not only are they men, but they’re also fathers, which opens the doors to plenty more gift ideas they’re sure to love. Get him one of those awesome helicopters you see in the malls, or a shaving kit to make sure he looks his best each day. You can also get him tools to fix things around the house, or video games to play with the kids.
Whether you're shopping for baby's first Christmas, your BFF, or your grandmother, Hallmark can help you find just the right gift. No matter their interests: if they love Peanuts® or snowmen, Vera Bradley bags or snow globes, Hallmark has just the thing. Check out our Christmas gift guide to help narrow in on the perfect gift or shop by price. A few of our favorite gift ideas this year include bath bombs and luxurious soaps and lotions or delicious, melt-in-your mouth chocolate to help a stressed-out friend. If you're interested in gifts that give back, we have a collection of products that all include a charitable giving component. If you're looking for gifts for brothers, dads and boyfriends, crazy socks, men's grooming kits and Star Wars products are at the tops of men's lists this year. For the younger kids, you can't go wrong with itty bittys® and other cuddly stuffed animals or developmental toys perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Personalized books are another fun gift for young readers because they become a part of the story. You'll also find Christmas books for all ages, from board books for babies to romantic fiction—based on Hallmark movies—for adults. For the foodies in your life, we have lots of adorable Christmas kitchen accessories, like tea towels, salt-and-pepper shakers, serving platters and coffee mugs, as well as fun entertaining and bar gifts. You'll even find pet gift ideas for the four-legged family members, too.
A gent with vast interested in the automotive world, woodworking, collecting, and everything in between, all share one main trait: they’re progressing. Nobody starts a hobby for no reason; they have goals in mind, thresholds, milestones they want to achieve. Using this mindset is the first step in identifying the perfect gift for the guy on your list.
"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
The world may be going digital, but Montblanc is preserving the art of handwriting with a newly released product called Augmented Paper. The kit comes with a StarWalker Ballpoint Pen and a leather envelope holding a digital notebook that translates handwritten notes into digital text on a mobile device. One button transmits the notes to a smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth. So you can start a project in the notebook, return to it on your iPhone, and then shoot it off to your colleagues in an e-mail.
You will note that after 20 years, there aren't traditional gifts associated with every marital year, however, there is a modern theme for each year right up to 30 years of marriage. This reflects the need for a couple to continue to sustain romance and commitment as they progress through married life. Some years also have no floral symbol, gemstone or colour associated with them. We do, however, suggest useful gift ideas for every wedding anniversary year.
The perfect tech gift all depends on who you're thinking of gifts for — boyfriend, husband, dad, etc. Is he someone who loves using tech to explore and see things in new ways? Introduce him to the aerial photography craze with our huge selection of drones. Maybe he's more of a hands-on adventurer who'd enjoy capturing his exploits on an action cam. Or perhaps he's a pragmatist who likes to have information at his fingertips, in which case wearables like smartwatches and activity trackers could be right up his alley. While we can show you the best gifts for men based on our expertise, you're the one who knows the guy you're shopping for and what will make him happy.
November brings us one legendary sale, but before then, it’s all about Veterans Day sales to seriously stock up on housewarming gifts, home appliances, and small electronics. This is one of the more minor sales when it comes to gift-giving, but still a noticeable blip on the radar. If he’s a bit culinary guy, you can grab him something along the lines of a new countertop appliance, or take a look at the selection of grills. If he’s in a more snowy environment, it’s a good time to grab one of these for later and gift it during the summer months.