It’s the season for peppermint candy, holiday-spice flavors in all your beverages, and beautifully lit trees. It’s also the season in which you’ll be drowning in gift wrap, holiday lists, and gift-giving anxiety. Gift-giving is never easy, and for some, it’s a little more of a challenge than it is for others.
It’s tough to think of gift ideas from scratch, but you can go wrong even if you already have an idea about what they want. For example, you know your mother wants a new handbag, but how do you know if what you pick would be her top choice? You may not be able to visit a store in-person this year, but with free shipping, returns, and refunds at many online retailers, there’s no reason you can’t get the perfect gifts for all your loved ones.
If you want to blow everyone away; put a little more thought into your gift-giving this year and consider personalized gifts and unique options over store-bought sweaters, socks, and scarves. Since people value experiences over run-of-the-mill items, you can also consider gifts like road trips, personal favors, and activities for those recipients with a more active lifestyle. If you’re out of ideas, here are some great ones to get you started.
1. CBD Products
It’s been such a tiring, challenging year for many people that everyone needs some relaxation over the holidays. If you’d like to help your loved ones out, a unique and useful gift option is a CBD product. CBD—or cannabidiol—is a product derived from the hemp plant that does not contain the psychoactive component THC.
CBD products may contain a surprising range of potential health benefits. And like essential oils, some CBD products may help relieve stress and anxiety too! From CBD oil and CBD tinctures to hemp products and hemp oils in different flavors, there are many options available.
Always consult a health professional or your doctor first before purchasing or consuming any of these products, to be aware of any possible side effects.
2. A New Wardrobe
Being stuck indoors doesn’t have to mean clothing gifts are a bad idea this year. After all, dressing up for work even when you’re at home can improve your performance. So, gift loved ones some petite maxi skirts, midi skirts, and work-appropriate shirts for the holidays.
Clothing isn’t always a unique gift, but you can make it more interesting for your recipients. Instead of buying skirts or tops that you hope they’ll like, surprise them with a gift card to an online boutique store. This way, you won’t have to use the free returns and refund options when that maxi skirt isn’t the right size or style for your recipient.
3. A Surprise Road Trip
It’s not easy to gift your loved ones a surprise vacation for the holidays, but don’t despair. You may not be able to take a Meditteranean cruise, nor plan that trip to Hawaii yet, but you can still plan a vacation your loved one will enjoy. You can book an Airbnb for a weekend getaway, or take your loved one out of the open road to see the attractions across the United States.
A road trip across the United States may be the best option this year since it will keep you safe by cutting out public transport risks during this time. If you do it in an RV, you won’t have to worry about the risk of accommodations either. Planning the perfect road trip seems complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. So, draw up an itinerary with a list of attractions (like national parks and quirky sights), pack some snacks and a spare tire, and plan to include fun detours your recipient may enjoy.
4. A Natural Dryer Solution
Is someone on your list actively trying to save the environment? Would you like to make your gift list more eco-friendly this year? Natural products like dryer balls and laundry detergent sheets are a good idea for eco-friendly gifts. Consider wooly dryer balls, which are a great option for the environment and your clothes. These wool dryer balls are sustainable, help with static cling, and reduce drying time.
5. A Back Massager
The holidays usually see an increase in the purchase of gift cards for spa and wellness treatments. Not everyone can visit a spa this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give the gift of a relaxing massage. An electric back massager is the perfect at-home alternative to this.
Help your recipient reap the benefits of massage therapy and get some peace of mind after a busy day of remote work. You can pick a chair back massager, one that rests over the shoulders, or a smaller handheld version as a budget option. An electric back massager is also a great addition to a home office, so this unique gift is a great option for many reasons.
6. A Hammock Chair
After a busy day navigating Zoom meetings and remote work, don’t you wish you had somewhere to relax for a couple of hours, with your favorite tunes or an audiobook? There’s a good chance some of the people on your gift list want that too. If someone you know has a backyard, help them recreate a beach vacation with a hammock chair.
They may not be able to use it outdoors during the winter, but the beauty of these portable hammock options is that they’re just as relaxing when used indoors. Make sure you buy a durable, portable option in a comfortable fabric so they can move it around depending on their preferences, and the season. You’ll be giving them the gift of relaxation, and they’ll thank you for giving them something that they can use through the rest of the year as well.
7. A Champagne Subscription
If you’re looking for a gift that’s more exciting than a gift bag of essentials, or a holiday sweater, but is less expensive than a vacation, a liquor subscription is a great option. You can select a few festive options from your recipients’ favorites if you want to give them the beverages yourself.
Or, you can sign them up for a subscription that delivers a beverage a month for a set amount of time. A festive option is a subscription to champagne gift boxes so they can enjoy the sparkling wine well after the holidays are over. You can also pick gift boxes that add in beverage accessories or fun, personalized gifts with the champagne.
8. Personalized Winter Blankets
If you want to make sure your gift is meaningful, consider adding a personalized touch to it. After all, most people in the U.S. actually prefer gifts with a personal touch over expensive store-bought merchandise. You can add custom messages or photographs to many great things, so you have a wide array to pick from to find the perfect gift.
If you’re looking for a small, affordable option, consider custom coasters or a personalized calendar for 2021. Or personalize essentials like bath and beauty products. You can pick a gift as small as a candle or as elaborate as a crystal photo frame. A good option for the holidays is a personalized winter blanket. Pick a soft, warm fabric, and add pictures or messages on to it, to make it a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones.
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