Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love this time of year! The baking, the planning, decorations, Christmas ornaments, holiday cards and even the shopping. I make my Excel lists and try to spread the festivities out over the course of the entire month of December, for stress reason as well. If money was no object I’d have no problem finding the perfect gift for my loved ones. When operating on a budget it starts to get a little trickier. My one rule on gift giving is the ban of gift cards unless specifically requested for a large item or if its a part gift basket of sorts.
Before I purchase a gift for anyone, I always try to get to know the person and their interests; their favorite color, scents, store is that person a collector of something, or an avid reader? What type of books do they enjoy, who is their favorite author? Are they girly, elegant, eccentric? Do they like practical things they can use, or would they appreciate something decorative? In cases where you do not have that information or do not know them well, you should ask or get some insight from someone close to them about their interests. Throughout the year I try to keep a running list when hints are dropped. The whole point to gift giving is finding something that makes the recipient happy and allows you to feel prideful for the extra effort. The cherry on top is a beautifully wrapped gift with charming details.
One of my favorite go-to places is Red Envelope. The site is set up to easily find personalized and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Here are a few items at the top of my list:
Personalize casserole dish ($65) This was the perfect server for my new Gourmet Green Bean Casserole recipe that I tried this Thanksgiving.
Envirosax market bag ($39.95)
Baby five-star robe ($39.95)
State square wooden ornament ($19.95)
Vinturi wine aerator ($39.95)
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