The holidays can be a busy time, but you shouldn’t be stressed when you’re out doing your Christmas shopping or looking for gifts online. Here at Harry & David, Christmas is one of our favorite times of year. We love all the gorgeous details of the season, from the Christmas gift baskets and gourmet Christmas gifts to the rustle of gift-wrap, the twinkling of lights, the slow drift of snowflakes, and the gleam of ornaments on the tree.
Give the gift of a hand-painted Mason jar or glass container this holiday season. They make gorgeous vases, makeup brush holders, or pencil cups. To craft this Christmas gift, paint the outside of the jars with two coats of paint. We mixed several shades of pink with white to create a range of hues, but any color scheme works. For a touch of glam, mask the top of the jar with painter's tape and cover the bottom with glitter spray paint.
If he tells you not to get him anything, don’t. Men tend to naturally speak with their actions more than their words, and if they push the envelope that they don’t want anything, it could be for a few reasons. They might feel awkward or weird accepting gifts, or if you’re living off a joint income, it could just be for monetary reasons. There are old cliches of women telling their men not to get them anything for a birthday or event, and then getting upset when they don’t get them anything. This idea comes to people’s heads, but in all our experience, it’s actually a pretty clear instruction.
I have been wanting to buy Madewell's classic leather tote bag for a while now, so I did not hesitate to purchase it when they came out with a zip top version of the bag this year. The classic tote is big enough to hold all my stuff for work, stylish enough for me to use on weekends when I don't have a lot in it, and the zip top makes it perfect for traveling on weekend trips with (or using as a carry-on while flying). The bag comes in a few different colors. I have it in English Saddle, which is of course my personal fave.
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.
TV Service, Movie, or Gaming Gift Cards - Just about everyone on the face of the Earth loves movies or at least video games. Getting something to an online download service for games, streaming service like Netflix, or a Fandango gift card to grab some movie tickets, shows them that you’ve paid enough attention to know what to get them. Maybe they mentioned a new movie coming out that they really wanted to see, or you know about a game title that’s about to drop, and they just have to have it. This takes the risk away from getting the wrong gift, by allocating the funds you’re spending on them to a specific service or set of services. If you’re not a gamer, and you grab the wrong title, the exchange and wait are a lot more awkward; gift cards put them in control, but you’re still treating them.