Exciting Christmas Gifts for Everyone!
I love the Christmas season. I love the idea of it - I love Christmas movies and have fond memories from my childhood. I usually do not like to shop in stores but this is the exception to the rule. I love shopping for gifts for my family. I like a few clues as to what they have been hoping for but I am pretty good at guessing what each member of my family would enjoy.
Choosing for friends, spouses and significant others can be tricky! Dangerous even! So here are a few ideas for those of you who might be stumped or too tired to shop anymore.
For that special girl in your life:
If you are dating someone special - you know that everyone is sizing up the box that you have gotten for your girlfriend this year. The pressure to propose can be crushing! So if you aren't ready to make that jump - an alternative gift can get you out of hot water. First tip - do not buy jewelry for her unless she hinted about something in advance. Stay away from anything that could fit into a small ring sized box or your date might burst into tears when she sees that brooch you bought instead.
If you really think this girl has potential - be clever about your choice. Gifts can say so much! My first choice for your girlfriend would be an Eternity or Infinity scarf. It is thoughtful, classy and in style. You could also give her a card that says something like, "Hope this keeps you warm when I can't."
For those special guys in your life:
Tickets to an upcoming sporting event! What better way to give a gift that keeps on giving? You can offer tickets for your guy and his friend - or seal another date for yourself! If he isn't into sports chances are that he is into music or theater. Upcoming concerts or other local events can be found by looking at Ticket Masters or Stub hub. Choose a book on a subject that your boyfriend is interested in but wouldn't purchase for himself. Men seem to like clothes and tools for Christmas. If the man in your life is a gamer - find out the newest game or get an accessory for one of the games he plays.
Here's a shocker!
Gifts for Family Members
I like to purchase unusual gifts. I will shop for hours and I will not purchase a gift for someone unless I am positive it is just the right thing. I often buy gifts that I know will make my family laugh. This year, my favorite buy was a stun gun! My single sister bought a house in the deep woods so I have been worrying about what she would do in the event of an intruder. She has a security system but it wouldn't stop a would be attacker! Now I will be able to sleep comfortably knowing she has that under her mattress. I just wonder who we are going to test is out on? My 23 year old daughter just moved out so I bought her one too. Can't be too careful!
This gift for sure is going to add that special, "boom boom pow!"
I add small, inexpensive gifts like beautiful stationary and pens for my girls who love to write as much as I do. I add lots of good smelling fun stuff from Avon for their stockings - lip balms, lotions, colored bubble bath roll on sticks. Tattoo's, colorfully painted crafts like chop sticks, or ornaments that have scenes inside of them. Anything that catches my eye that seems frilly or silly. I throw in a little bit of candy but not much. They are always surprised about what I can fit in their stockings!
Christmas Fun for Kids
When my kids were toddlers we did not set out the tree or gifts or anything in our home until they had gone to sleep on Christmas Eve. Dave and I would be up putting things together all night but the look on their faces was always worth it! One year we waited until they went to sleep - moved them into our bed and redecorated their entire rooms with new curtains, comforters, shams and pillows. We placed them back into their beds without them waking up. They were so surprised when they both woke up and couldn't figure out how all that magic happened!
There are so many gifts for kids that it is hard to choose. I have gotten my kids old time cash registers, walkie talkies, metal detectors (so they could treasure hunt)!, scooters, kits to make their own crafts, educational board games that are fun, mini pool table and a claw machine full of goodies and ready for action.
Gifts for those other "special" people.
You or someone you know, may be dating someone that is wrong for them but not buying a gift would be cheap and heartless. Breaking up with someone during Christmas would just be wrong even if he/she is a lying cheat. Buying a gift that is just right can be touchy. You don't want to encourage this person or hurt their feelings. Sometimes Christmas offers a great way to say goodbye forever!
- Track shoes - this says I hope you run away as fast as you can
- If you want more distance - nothing says, "C'est la vie" quite like a one way ticket to France
- Gift certificate to Match.com
- One free mental exam (no cash back)
- A pre-paid gas card from your local gas station.
- A large mirror if you have been dating a narcissist.
- A bill planner for the guy who can't keep track of his money so he uses yours.
- A book about personality disorders - marking the pages you suspect he can identify with.
Tips for a perfect Christmas Day
The night before Christmas, I always make a breakfast casserole. While the kids unwrap the gifts it is in the oven.
I always buy extra gifts that can be unisex. Throw blankets in feminine and masculin patterns and colors, candle sets, scarves, gloves, latest calendars, journals, stationary and random toys that I might have found in a clearance section. I keep these gifts in case I have forgotten someone was coming to dinner or if a niece brings a date or friend. I always have something for everyone. I can't tell you how many times I have been so grateful to have those type of gifts stashed!
When wrapping gifts, I take a long time and add stickers and bows and ribbons. Each box is wrapped as perfectly and beautifully as I can wrap it. I also like to color coordinate my wrapping paper. I choose a solid color and two accents and it usually looks great under the tree. This year I am going black and white.
I like the house to smell like christmas - boiling cinnamon sticks and vanilla or some other poupouri smells great! We make no plans for Christmas day. The big annual plan is staying together, playing games and maybe even staying in our P.J.'s all day. Unless it snows - then we will take the Jeep out and do some four wheel driving on back roads. Driving through the glistening snow late on Christmas night with everyone's decorations still brightly lit, is a magical end to another great season.