One of the most common posts to find in Bloglandia during the holidays is obviously gift guides; gifts for him, gifts for her, gifts for your best friend, teacher, parents-in-law, etc etc. So many gift guides, so many ideas, not enough people receiving presents from me this year! Typically, I love gift guides because it gives me ideas, I rarely ever actually come out from reading a post thinking I‘m totally going to buy that for blah blah! It’s more like, ohh, that reminds me! They had mentioned they liked blah the other day!
Which always leads me to the question, how do these never actually help me?! Maybe because a lot of the presents are generalized and don’t have much meaning behind it – a general gift that a friend of mind actually loved; fuzzy socks and two candles. Meaningful because when I first met her I remembered her saying she really loved fuzzy socks and she lived in a house with two other guys, the candles came out to be very handy!
So the only time I like using generalized gifts is when they still mean something. Maybe it’s just because I absolutely love to spoil my friends, or maybe it’s just that I’m a picky shopper and hate buying my friends lotion sets from Victoria’s Secret (unless that’s what they asked for).
Some guys might love bottle cap openers, money clips in the shape of their favorite super hero, or a vintage poster of their favorite beer brand (all of which can be great gifts) but it’s honestly not something I’d buy for W. I, unfortunately, can’t post what I actually got him because he tends to read my blog.
As for gifts for friends, however, I can post! This year I’m only buying four friends gifts. Sarah and Kalani my two best girl friends, Brendan and Trevor my two best guy friends, Heather (also Brendan’s sister) moved back to Ireland last month.
Sarah and Kalani – if you’re actually reading, stop reading, you’ll ruin the surprise. Seriously, stop. Fine, that’s your choice. For Kalani, as soon as I found this I just knew this is what I had to get her. She’s the one that introduced me to Gilmore Girls and encourages my love for the show. So, when I found Coffee at Luke’s it was pretty clear I need to buy this not only for her but get myself a copy too!
Now Sarah, I got her a Pura Vida set. We promised to get each other small gifts but to me Pura Vida bracelets mean something to me. I know she’d love the bracelets (three sets – Beach Life, Life in Color, and the Gold Leaf Seafoam) because they represent the beachy resort we used to work at/also where we met! So, why not get her the cutest bracelets representing our friendship?! Plus, I got them on cyber-Monday so they were a steal!
And now for the boys! Something sentimental, useful, masculine, within their interests, but a gift they’ll love!
Brendan, he’s mentioned that when he was a kid he never got a chance to buy one of those little souvenirs with his name on them – it was always Brandon or Braden. I always felt the same because I knew anything with Carolina on it really meant Care-oh-line-ugh (like the state) but I never pronounced my name that way, hence the Lina (Cara-lean-ugh). Way too long paragraph short, I bought him a black camel-back water bottle with his name personalized onto it and I’ll be adding a Fighting Irish sticker because he’s Irish and chose Notre Dame over SDSU.
Trevor’s present was going to be a little more difficult. He just moved into a house with his cousin and friend, we’re planing on having a friendsgiving type of Christmas (we did it last year too). I couldn’t buy Trev a present without buying his cousin and friend something too – thankfully, I ended up finding the perfect present to kill three birds with one stone. Since these boys are huge sports fans and literally are a house divided I got them the coolest little floor mat from Wayfair. Two of the three boys are Patriots fans and one is clearly a Bills fan. So, why not get them a gift that represents the house, their NFL teams, and a gift they’ll be able to actually use!
I hope this post gives you some ideas or tips on what kind of gifts to get your friends and family. Just remember something meaningful, useful, and within their actual interests! Fuzzy socks they’ll actually wear, perfume they asked for, sports memorabilia is also good, books they’ll love (if someone would give me their favorite book, it’d mean the world! I love the idea because it’s a piece of themselves in a very detailed way), gift cards to their favorite stores, etc etc.
Go with sentimental, it’s what I’ve found people tend to love! Did these gift ideas help at all? Come up with any other ideas or tips you think I should add?