To start off, here are a few of my favorite odds-and-ends that are simple, festive, & bright.
A cozy throw, a comical plate, a beautiful magazine, lovely glow-worthy skincare + nailart, etc., are simple and definitely no-brainers that many times are a hit among holiday gift-giving (girl-edition, at least.) However, sometimes it’s definitely not so easy. Especially when perhaps you don’t know someone that well, or maybe you don’t know their interests. So I’ve organized some rules that I’ve come up over the years that are really helpful in giving a great gift, to everyone:
Rule 1 Okay, so maybe not everyone, but I’m talking in reference to things not many people don’t like. Take a topic that is always a ‘win’, enter: food, health, useful home decor/tools (I’m staring at you never-been-used-bread-makers), your own favorite skincare products (Om Aroma & Co.), good spirits, etc. It’s a simple rule when buying gifts; be thoughtful & unique, and always think to yourself would like the gift if you were the one being gifted. When you start thinking about gifts that you would like yourself, you’re more likely to be on-point of what others might enjoy, too. For instance: think of some of the go-to restaurants in your general area that you really love, like a bakery. Do they ship their speciality items? Same for local wines, a local brewery, etc. I mean, how many people don’t like great food and good alcohol. I can’t think of anyone I know…
Rule 3 Get your hands dirty with creativity so you don’t overspend. Cheesiest remark ever? Yes, indeed. However, good gifts aren’t always expensive gifts. Why is it that so many feel this way? To be honest, some of my most treasured gifts are well under 30 bucks. For instance, my Dad once bought me a gorgeous ceramic pitcher that has this adorable little lid you can place your teabags around as they steep. And yes, I’ll probably be the old lady who hands down a tea pitcher as if it were a rare piece of jewelry. My point with this story, yet again: don’t overspend.
Rule 4 Go ‘local.’ I’ll never tire of this statement. Rev-up your local economy + get an awesome gift for someone? Pretty sweet gig if you ask moi. Plus, it pretty much entangles everything we’ve gone over above. Unique, one-of-a-kind, thoughtful, interesting, etc. There are so many talented people in your own community who spend their days creating something awesome, why not find em’ and know about em’? Oh, and obviously the best part: share them. (p.s…here is one of my local favorites: My A La Mode)
Rule 5 Think of ‘places’ they seem to be a lot, then go from there. You want to get them something they will use everyday, or at least a lot. Are they in their office space (insert: a calming & inspirational print for their wall, some low-matenience greenery- I think these guys are too fun, etc.), kitchen, living room space, outdoors. When you think of the places they spend most of their time, chances are your gift will reflect a certain thoughtfulness a lot of people, often times, miss when gifting. How many times did you get a gift that was totally not…you. It’s these simple references that’ll help you get a little closer to the ‘them.’
So lovelies, hope this helps! If you like what you see, I may start a series leading up to Christmas of quick tips and tricks to give a great gift that comes from your heart, not your wallet. So feel free to leave comments and questions! xo, loves!