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Gifts - Pick The Right One

Updated on September 3, 2012

Make it special

I think we all struggle to give gifts during certain occasions. We have to take into consideration the economy and know that money is tight. Whether it’s for Christmas, Birthday, Baby Shower, Wedding and many other special occasions, we all wonder what the best gift is to give. Over the years, I collected the best gifts to give during these specials events. I feel we should all have a plan and know what is appropriate to purchase for these specials events. For any man, woman, child, friend, couple or family member, here are the top gifts for each category mentioned above. Because the basic gifts are important and sometimes the fun, no so basic gift is just as important but more entertaining, plus adds a little glitz to your gift.

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Top Gift Ideas

So here are the categories;

Top Gifts For Christmas:

ITouch or IPod

IPod Docking Station

ITunes Gift Card

Bath & Body Gift Card or Gift Sets

Home Depot or Lowes Gift Card

Books (any books)

Top Gifts for Baby Showers:

Baby Monitor

Baby thermometer (a good one)

Bottles, nipples, bags, etc.

Baby Clothes

Baby Books (anything to help new parents)

Baby Einstein items

Top Gifts For Wedding Showers:

Cookware (seriously, pots and pans are needed)

Blankets (all couples need blankets)

Coffee pot (buy a good one)

Crock Pot (yes, always comes in handy)

Platters and Serving Silverware (sounds silly but all new couples need)

Rakes, Shovels, Wheel barrel (landscaping outside the house is a must)

Top Gifts For Birthday’s (non gender):

Bicycle and Helmet

Book bag or Backpack (for any age)

Gift Cards (to anything, kids and adults love them)

Movie Tickets (yes, go to the movies and buy gift movie tickets, wonderful gift)

Lottery Tickets (I know it sounds silly but always a winner)

Books (any books are always a good gift)

Top Gifts For Any Occasion:

Books (giving a special book is always a hit)

Homemade gifts (anything you design)


Note Cards

Wine, Wine Glasses or Wine Corks

Gift Baskets (preferably one you designed)

Candles (I like Yankee Candles)

Picture Frames (always a good one)

Here is a quick snapshot to help people find gifts. I tried to keep costs to an afford amount when thinking of these gift ideas. Sometimes you can find the perfect gift and then others, you have to choose what you think is best. I love to give gifts and I love to be creative in my gift giving, however, sometimes that just doesn’t always work out. However, I feel giving personal gifts is the best method in choosing one. For example, I give my niece and nephews note cards every year for their Birthday’s, I get special note cards, like ones with their initials on the front or their favorite team note card. At first, they thought I was being silly but I encouraged them to write “thank you” notes for teachers, friends or family or just “thinking of you” cards to people they are worried or praying for, or just need a little “thinking of you” at that time. Now every year they expect these cards and actually look forward to them. It’s a small gift but wonderful to give others with personal notes handwritten inside.

Another idea is to keep it simple; sometimes just giving the basic gift is perfect. Every new mother will need a good dependable thermometer for their new child. Good ones are not cheap and all mothers know it’s a great gift.

All types of books are good. I give a lot of journals to my friends, for whatever purpose, keeping track of everyday “to-dos” or for a diary. Journals are good for both genders and all ages. I can’t say this enough; books are the best gift. I love to read, I love to research and I love to review, so books are the best for me. However, I would suggest that giving a book to anyone at any age is a wonderful gift to give. Plus, you can personalize this gift by writing a special message inside the front cover of the book.

Choosing the perfect gift is hard; however, you can find it. Be creative; yet, keep in mind the basic simple stuff is often used and very much needed. My mother in law buys me Yankee Candles every Christmas. I love candles and these are perfect gifts for anyone. I always buy my son’s teachers lip gloss for his birthday (yes, I give them a gift on his birthday) but now it’s a tradition and they all know so when he moves up in grade, the teacher is aware and looking forward to it (yep, I live in a small town).

Don’t make gift giving hard, make it special. I love to give and I go to little boutiques to find special, unique gifts but I always give the basics when it’s needed. Enjoy giving, that is what it’s about, give and expect nothing in return. The pleasure of gift giving is all you need. So be creative yet remember the basics.


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    • gusripper profile image

      gusripper 7 years ago

      Yes the best gift always is a nice and worm KISS.And doesn't cost anything.

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      zmansfam 7 years ago

      Here is a gift you can $ needed

      Please help and pass it on!


    • myownworld profile image

      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      great ideas....! yes, personal and 'simple' gifts are often the best to show someone you care. thank you for posting!

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Gusripper, yes, you are soooo right, kisses are the very best! Thank you for commenting.

      zmansfam, thanks for the info, will check it out.

      myownworld, thank you so much I appreciate your kind words and you reading it.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Books, huh? Almost as much as I love receiving books as gifts, I love giving them as gifts as well. What a coincidence that I read this hub today! I just went to my niece's birthday party in which I bought her three hard-cover Dr. Seuss books: The Sneetches, Yertle the Turtle, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I was appalled that she didn't already own them (I double-checked her little library before doing so). Safe to say, she was ecstatic upon receiving them.

      You gave some great ideas, Lady33. Not only are all of these gifts appropriate, they show much thoughtfulness. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us.

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      dohn, thanks so much for reading and you are great uncle if realize the importance of books. I think it's critical in the development of children. You did good my friend and your niece will love you forever to get her books (which she will remember over toys anyday). Thanks for your positive, wonderful feedback all the time, it is a pleasure to know you. All my best my friend!

    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      WE like giving books to kids, and then making time to sit down with them and read together.

      As for ourselves, our favourite gift to receive is chocolate.

    • Ladybird33 profile image

      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      2patricias, your suggestion is perfect for any family. We are like you, we love chocolate :) thanks for commenting.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas! I think I'll bookmark this.

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      habee, thanks so much, I hope it helps!

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