Are you sick of gift guides yet?
So, I decided to make my own.
In my experience, most ideas on gift guides are typically trending items that commercial retailers have plastered all over your news feed or browser anyways…or something that a random B-list celebrity gets paid an ungodly amount of money to suggest. It gets overwhelming and tedious and then we quickly lose the enjoyment of shopping for loved ones as we continue to browse through the same gadgets and gizmos repeatedly. I think everyone can agree that holiday gift-giving should be sentimental and not obligatory. We can also agree that it can be hard to think of creative things in the chaos of the season. So, we often end up panicking at the last minute and grabbing the nearest gift card or hot cocoa set and feeling a little guilty for it later on. Lucky for you, I began my thinking back in November so as to avoid that problem this year. So, I thought I would give you a break from the traditional headphones for your boyfriend or bakery item filled Mason jars for Mom, and give you a few ideas that will definitely brand you an O.G. this Christmas (Original Gift-Giver! Can also be interchanged for an Original Gangster of Christmas if the shoe fits).
- For the New Homeowner or Cook – Mason Jar Spoon Rest, ($20). This spoon rest is one I have been ogling for quite some time now. I am not big on cooking…so anything that can inspire me to do so or make it more enjoyable is great. There is something so classic and charming about a Mason jar. Alas, thanks to Pinterest, the all things Mason jar all the time obsession has grown out of hand. This is a subtle way to incorporate that warm Southern feeling into someone’s home. Plus, Bourbon and Boots is owned by some of the Natural State’s very own so you can feel good about shopping local and supporting our small business owners.
- For the woman who has everything – Beautiful calligraphy art prints like this one from The Hive Studio, ($9). Buy a $5 clearance frame from Target (because you know there will be 35 of them) and you have instant office or home art for your loved one. To add some personalization to it, ask the artist to do a specific quote or song lyric for your loved one. It will probably cost you a little more but I doubt it’d break the bank.
- For the man in your life – Mantry, ($75 + $10 S&H for 1 box). Dubbed as “The Modern Man’s Pantry”, this is just one of so many subscription boxes that I adore. However, this one in particular includes 6 full size artisan food products and comes in an awesome handcrafted wooden crate. It’s rugged and it involves amazing food so whether it’s for your Dad or husband, you can be sure they’ll enjoy. There are a lot more subscription boxes (and coupon codes) at mysubscriptionaddiction.com – and many at a much less expensive price point.
- For the grandparents/parents & in-laws – Photo gifts like this photo book from Walgreens.com, ($29.99). I have received one of these photo books before and I can tell you that it makes an excellent present. Grandparents love showing off the grandkids but unless Grandma has Facebook, there’s a slim chance she does that as often these days. Have your parents been married forever? Scan their old photos to your computer and make them their very own “love story” a la The Notebook, minus Ryan Gosling and plus pretty pictures. I make photo gifts from here often because the quality is great, the price is nice, and I can pick them up the same day. Walgreens now has the option to print little Instagram photos straight off your own IG – & you can’t beat $0.39 a photo.
- For the sister/guy friend/anyone with a sense of humor – Buy Me Brunch tees, ($28) or sweatshirts. Maybe it’s just my crude sense of humor but I find the idea of showing up at my family’s Christmas in a “Surprise, I’m Drunk” t-shirt to be really tempting. There are so many great ones (tanks and sweatshirts, too) that it’s hard to decide. While I am not a huge fan of spending that much on a t-shirt, I enjoy watching the passing judgment from strangers so much that it makes me want to.
Now that you’re motivated and back in the gift-giving game, go ahead and reward yourself for all the thoughtful gifts you’re going to give by grabbing a little something for yourself, as well. This is the one time of the year that it is socially acceptable to spend money on unnecessary things. Should we do that? Probably not. Will you be frowned upon? Probably not.
May your wallets & your glasses stay full this season,
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