The season to give has arrived,
and while most people are overjoyed, some of you are overwhelmed, wondering
what the hell to give in the first place. Now, I know it can be difficult
trying to find the perfect gift for the perfect person. Trust me I understand.
And at a time where new products pop up almost instantaneously, writing your
gift list can be very stressful.
Well, dont worry its not that
serious – or at least it doesnt have to be. The holidays are meant to create
good spirits, happiness, and togetherness not to produce worry, stress, and
embarrassment. So take note, because when it comes to shopping for loved ones,
family, friends, or even colleagues, ya girl got you. I will let you know what
gifts are appropriate for that special someone on your list.
Starting with your better half,
I have a few ideas for gift giving from you to him/her. Now, when it comes to
your sweetheart, remember: price point, uniqueness and the thought that
counts theory depend on how long youve been in your relationship and how
serious it is.
Do not think that because this
is your first holiday together you have to go all out and spend a bunch of
money on a gift as a means of impressing your boo, because number one: he/she
may not be your boo for long – and number two: if you start out feeding him/her
filet mignon, please do not think that down the road you can feed him/her
chicken. It doesnt work like that.
You have to start from the
bottom and work your way up not the other way around. Thats called hustling
backwards. If you want to impress, there is a better way to do so than
concentrating on price pointget something unique. A one-of-a-kind or a classic
is bound to make that special person actually feel special.
As far as the thought that
counts theory, please keep in mind that one is liable to ask, What the hell
were you thinking? Some of you do not take this season seriously, and wait
until the last minute to go gift shopping then when theres nothing good left
to buy. You pick up something simple and meaningless and convince yourself that
the recipient will be grateful, because at least you thought of them. Wrong!
People anticipate getting gifts,
especially when its their first holiday with a mate. So, do not stress, but do
not disappoint either. And the way to avoid both is to simply plan ahead. This
person should be very close to the top of your list, so work on his/her gift
early. This accounts for time needed to possibly get something engraved or
custom. Extra time also allows you to choose a gift under serene circumstances
rather than buying impulsively under pressure.
Now, just in case no ideas have
sparked yet, Ive included some more specific gift ideas for that special
person in your life. They are as follows:
For him, Id say technology.
Depending on what hes into and how much is in your budget, anything from a
portable DVD player to the new iPhone. Men love gadgets and more often than
not, people in their lives wont get them any for the holidays. Instead they
tend to get pajamas, slippers, and underclothes. Hell be pleasantly surprised
to get something he will enjoy, rather than just something he can wear.
For her, Id say a gift card.
Lets be real, women love to shop! And every woman is different with different
styles and interests. You see, you can know that your woman wants lingerie from
Victorias Secret, but once you get inside the store you will be lost,
wondering what color, what style, what size! Or, lets say that she hinted at a
coat or a pair of shoes, unless she was specific down to the store and price of
the desired item, you will find yourself baffled trying to figure out what she
You will walk around the store
asking other women for their opinions, but the problem with that is – like I
mentioned before – every woman is different with different styles and interests.
So just get her a gift card – one that she can use anywhere or at her favorite
mall. Shell be happier than she would if you walk in with a sweater that her
grandmother would love.
Okay, so we covered gift giving
between mates. Now, its time to address special circumstances that may come
into play. Are you dating someone with children and dont know what you should
get the child, if anything at all? This can be a hard decision to make only if
you let it.
The key here is to go straight
to the source no, not the kids – their mother or father (whichever one youre
dating). Just simply ask your mate if he/she can recommend a gift for you to
give their child. They should be able to provide you with a list of options.
But in case they dont, or if you want to feel like youve done something on
your own, below are some ideas specifically for you.
Giving a gift to your mates
child depends on the number of children and the number of baby mommas/daddies
that are involved. If your mate has one child, fine – get him/her a cute outfit
or a pair of shoes/sneakers. Dont stress yourself trying to find the perfect
toy for the child. Thats a job for the parents.
You will go crazy in a toy store
during the holidays unless you have children yourself – and if thats the case,
then you can kill two birds with one stone by picking up your mates childs
gift in the same shopping session as for your own child. And many times, if
your child and your mates child are in the same age and/or gender category,
then you could get valuable gift ideas from your own child. That may be the one
time you would want to listen to your child.
Now, lets talk about if your
boyfriend/girlfriend has two or more children. Id say give them each something
small like a $10-$20 gift card to a store of their choice. And, ladies, if your
man has children by various mothers then focus on the child(ren) you see and
hear about most often. If you are not likely to see the child(ren) during the
holidays, you dont have to worry about buying them a gift.
Men, if your girlfriends
child(ren) will be with their father(s) for the holidays then you too do not
have to worry about buying them a gift. They wont look forward to it, trust
me. But if they see you on Christmas day, then they probably will, so know
whats what ahead of time and be prepared. Since a gift card is so easy to get,
Id say you might as well just get it. The child will be thrilled to see that
youve thought about him/her. Youll get plenty of cool points.
What about those other people
who are in your life, but dont have a close personal relationship with you? You
know, like your boss. When choosing a gift for the person who signs your
paycheck, it is understandable why some people get bent out of shape. This is a
person you dont want to offend in any way, shape or form. So, you figure you
want to play it safe and get a coffee mug or a mouse pad – but then again you
dont want to give something so trivial either.
Heres how to solve this dilemma:
find out what his/her interests are outside of work – dont focus so much on
what they could use while at work. Thats what the supplies closet is for.
Really treat your boss to something he/she would enjoy when away from the
office. Try a gift card to his/her favorite restaurant, or a subscription to a
few of their favorite magazines. Customized golf balls if they like to golf, a
gift certificate to a spa if they like to be pampered, a nice vase if they love
flowers, or a bottle of perfume or cologne that they may have complimented you on.
Get where Im going? Get a gift that speaks to their direct desires. Not only
will they get good use out of the gift, but theyll appreciate the fact that
you knew what they liked.
That pretty much takes care of
the important people who you would usually get stumped on trying to figure out
the perfect gift for, but there are so many other people who could cause you to
pull your hair out this season. Here is a brief rundown of gift ideas for
different people in your life:
Mates Parents – Something for
the house that they both can enjoy, like bedding.
Mates Siblings – A card will do
Mates Pet – I know this is a
no-brainer a bone for a dog and perhaps a scratching post for a cat. My point
here is, do not forget the pet!
Co-worker – This is where the
coffee mug or mouse pad will come in handy.
Your Hairdresser – A gift
certificate to his/her own salon so he/she can actually be treated like a
customer for once.
Your Ride to Work – Of course a
gas card, and maybe even throw in some car fresheners.
Your Assistant – An unexpected
day off with pay.
Your Neighbor – Some lottery
scratch-offs, or just a card.
With all that said, I hope you
have your pen and paper handy creating your list as we speak. Now you can
breathe easy when you thrust into your holiday shopping, and give gifts that
you can be proud of.
Miasha is a journalist and the author of several books,
including Secret Society, Mommys Angel and Diary of a Mistress. Find out more
about her work at www.miasha.com