Christmas Gift Giving Ideas Keisha McDonnough Virtue 4 Dec 2013 Christmas is a wonderful time of year! It’s the time of year we celebrate the greatest gift of all – Jesus. And since it’s also the time when we give gifts to those we love – or like – the season can be very stressful. Here are a few suggestions for giving gifts this Christmas that will hopefully help make this season bright: First, always make an effort to bless those who can’t give back: the hungry, needy and less fortunate. Keep your eyes and ears open for those around you who may be going through a hard time, be it financially or otherwise. Volunteer or put together a gift package for a child in need. Secondly, always think about who the recipient is and the things that they will really enjoy. As much as possible, let your gifts reflect thoughtful consideration. There will be cases where you simply don’t have enough information or maybe the recipient is someone who already “has everything.” Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with gift suggestions for those as well. Big spenders So money is no object and you like your gifts to be met with resounding oohs and aahs. Try: A high-end espresso maker like Jura or DeLonghi. These models not only grind beans and make a flavorful cup of java, but they also steam and froth milk and warm your coffee cup for the ultimate coffee experience. The technophile A tablet such as the iPad or Kindle Fire is a surefire winner. Looking for something a little more budget-friendly? Try a leather tablet case, wireless headphones or water-resistant Bluetooth speakers. The chef With the rise in popularity of shows like Top Chef and Chopped, more and more people are experimenting in the kitchen. Buy them a useful gadget that they probably don’t already have. Try: An Atlas pasta machine to transform handmade dough into tasty strips of fresh pasta. Or: A cooking class. Sur La Table at Mizner Park in Boca Raton has a plethora of classes including everything from making croissants to sushi parties. The entertainer You know who they are. The couple that likes to throws dinner parties, or barbeques, or – really – any reason to get together. Try: A slate cheese board, which is a great way to showcase a cheese course. Or: A sphere ice mold that forms ice into perfect globes. The workaholic She’s up before the sun and the office cleaning staff knows him by name. Try: USB flash drive cuff links (yes! Believe it or not, they exist). Or: A deluxe foot massager to unwind after a long day. The world traveler Her passport has so many stamps, she had to get extra page inserts. Try: A wood accessory valet to organize cuff links, glasses, wallets and sundry accessories. Or: A leather travel case that unfolds and hangs, making it super easy to access toiletries. Or: A leather passport wallet with RFID protection that helps prevent identity theft. The mother-in-law Now’s the time to pull out the stops with an elegant and classy gift! Try: A leather jewelry portfolio or case. Or: A cashmere scarf in a color you – or your spouse – knows she likes. Or: A spa package to make her relaxed and happy!Gentlemen, this also works for the wife! The outdoorsman He is one with nature and loves to hike, camp, explore and push personal limits. Try: A well-appointed pocket compass. Or: A camping-friendly sleep hammock from a brand like Grand Trunk. The hipster You’ll recognize a hipster by their concern for the environment, love of vintage and preoccupation with the unique. Go straight to Etsy and get them something handmade. Try: A cheese- or butter making kit. Or: A turntable for all their classic records. OR: seriously, something from Etsy. So you’ve gone through this list and you don’t know if your planned recipient falls under any of these categories. A few suggestions: • Give a service, like lawn mowing or pool cleaning. • Write down touching anecdotes about someone you care about and give it to them. Finally, never underestimate the power of handmade gifts or gourmet foods. If you’re a good cook or crafty, let Pinterest be your guide. Try a pasta night gift package that includes a colander, gourmet tomato sauce, imported pasta, crostini and wine. Or try preparing a homemade body scrub. In these cases, packaging is everything. Take the time to create a lovely label and wrap it up in textured paper, washi tape or ribbons. For those less creatively inspired, Etsy really is a good source for customized handmade gifts, and is a wonderful way to support small businesses. Other great gift sources include Redevelope.com, Sur La Table, Brookstone, Crate & Barrel and Anthropologie. Finally, whatever you give, give it enthusiastically with your whole heart. All the best with your shopping, and Merry Christmas! Keisha McDonnough is a research analyst and writer. A Jamaican native and South Florida resident, she is passionate about poetry and vow writing. Check out her website at everaftervows.com or email her at [email protected]. Share this articleTweet Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. You must be logged in to post a comment.