From kids to co-workers here are some great last minute gift ideas that will fit your budget. With some creativity and some secret spots to shop you will find a gift for everyone on your list.
Tis the season for family, friends, eggnog and shopping! Some people dread the shopping part, but for me it’s an opportunity to get my creative juices flowing. Here is a basic guide to making sure each gift given by you is appreciated and affordable.I like categorize my gifting in profiles. Each person on my gift list falls in one of these profiles and each profile can cater to numerous people you need to shop for.I am a huge fan of the “unisex” gift and contrary to popular belief, in order for a unisex gift to be good it does not necessarily have to be a pricey electronic nor a cheesy singing ornament.When shopping for anyone I like to think of the features of a specific person that really stand out to me and list them.This really helps me narrow down something that they will truly like.
Co-Workers,Secret Santa’s,Teachers & Your Boss
The most challenging aspect of this profile is gifting without being too personal while at the same time assuring your gift is special. Most gifts in this category tend to be mugs,ornaments or the dreaded fruit cake. Below I will compile my last years gifting list notes for examples:
Randa (My Boss)
Conservative,religious,not tech-savvy,loves accessories,not into plants,doesn’t travel much,enjoys good food but doesn’t eat out often,community oriented,does not wear make-up or much jewelry.
A Bible cover,a scarf,a hat,a dinner gift certificate
Into vintage,likes to shop,social,crafty,drives,about to be married,doesn’t travel,enjoys eating out and concerts.
A memory album for her and her soon to be husband,a crafting kit compiled of various things,a new stationery set for her new last name,subscription to crafting magazine
Great Ideas For This Profile:
Coffee Mug with some coffee
Accessories like scarves,cuff links or wallets
Aromatherapy products like Lavender for females or Sandlewood for males
Aunts,Uncles & Cousins
Although these people are a tad easier to shop for there are still challenges regarding finding the gift that really shines through the rest.
Loves to garden,likes antiques,enjoys culture,has some medical problems,likes to travel
Antique price guide,a gardening gift basket,a cd of cultural music,a memory foam pillow,orthopedic slippers,a traveling journal
Young,personal trainer,loves dogs,into fitness,likes to stay home
A water proof writing pad,a new datebook,subscription to fitness magazine,gift certificate for athletic apparel store,new hand weights,advertising spot on line
Mom,Dad, Brothers and Sisters
The name of this game is personalization.No one ever dislikes a gift with their name on it and with so many affordable custom gifts available on sites like ebay and amazon the possibilities are endless.The list below will work for anyone in this category and can be found for less than $15 a piece.Group them up for a wow factor and purchase a nice basket from then dollar store with some tissue paper strips. Buy some clear cellophane for less than $2,wrap it up and tie a bow!
Personalized,Engraved and Custom Item Ideas:
Guest Hand Towels
License plate frames
Lawn flags and signs
Address number signs
Business card holder
Keepsake box/Jewelry box
The Best Places To Shop:
Dollar Store (I tend to buy little gifts to add to main present)
Art Supply Stores
Linen Closeout Stores
Thrift stores (they usually have a section full of brand new with tag items)
No matter where you shop never hesitate to ask an employee where the sale or discount sections are.You’d be surprised how many stores tuck these sections away.For custom items I have even purchased towels,stockings,hoodies and t-shirts and customized them myself using iron on transfer letters.
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