Tips for holiday gift giving

December 01, 2014

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With Thanksgiving having already come and gone and Christmas decorations already up, it's time to look at some gift giving ideas to help you out for the remainder of this holiday season, which for many can be the most stressful part of the holiday season.

Here are some tips to help you out while shopping for those on your list:

Give a Gift the Recipient Wouldn't Buy for Themselves- From a spa day to a reservations at an exclusive or even trendy restaurant, by providing a gift down this route, you are offering them something they don't have but also something they may not think about purchasing for themselves. This options allow the gift to be unique in its own way.

For some ideas, check out Spafinder, which allows you to narrow down your spa search to the recipient's location. Another idea is to go the food route. Outside of restaurants, there are many artisanal food-related items or brands local to your area that you can introduce to your recipient. One of my favorites is Taza Chocolate. They make stone ground, organic chocolate and have a factory in Massachusetts.

Give a Gift that Gives Back- There are some companies that provide a portion of their proceeds to help a particular organization. By providing a gift within this realm, you are providing two gifts in one - one for the recipient and one for the person/organization benefiting from the gift. 

One company to check out is glassybaby. They sell glass votives and candle holders where 10% of sales go to the glassybaby White Light Fund that works to support various people in need.

Give A Gift that You Already Love- Even if you have the hardest person to please on your list, take a look at what you love. If they are even more difficult, take what you love and offer a gift card for that brand. 

For example, you love Adea's Layering Tops but are unsure of the recipient's size or color preference. Instead of worrying too much about the details, opt for an Adea gift card that can be used online. In this way, you know the product has already been vetted (by you), and you can always offer suggestions on what you like or have found works for you when the recipient is ready to redeem the gift card.

Always keep in mind that gift giving should be fun and shouldn't be a chore. So, even if you have the most challenging recipient, find a way to make it enjoyable.

Be sure to share with us any tips you have for holiday gift-giving and happy shopping!

-Aimee

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