As Christmas quickly approaches, it’s time to wrap-up (or just get started?) that never-ending shopping list and begin to find the perfect presents for your loved ones. Does anyone else feel like last Christmas was JUST here?
Sometimes it seems impossible to find a gift for someone who “has everything” or maybe they are a teen that’s wise beyond their years and just doesn’t like the same stuff that other teens like. Perhaps you are on the hunt for the perfect gift for your spouse, who you’ve been married to for 25 years and just can’t find anything extraordinary to give him anymore. Well good news, friends - I’ve put together a unique (and affordable) gift guide with some creative ideas for everyone in the family! So take a scroll through the list and find some out-of-the-box gift ideas that will surely surprise and delight your friends and family this year.
The Type-A Planner & Organizer
I have personally tried out a lot of planners over the years, and nothing competes with the Simplified Planner for me. This is the perfect way to keep your work, school, and social life in order while adding a bit of fun color and personalization. With an option of the Daily or Weekly planner, along with great office accessories, Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner can keep your busy life on track. The color-coding stickers are my favorite accessory to use with the planner, but there are plenty more to peruse on the website!
Every overthinker knows that it’s not enough to have contact information saved on your phone, because what if your phone dies one day and you lose all your contacts? It’s so important to have a physical address book to store all your contacts’ names, numbers, emails, and home addresses. Plus, this is super handy when it comes time to send out wedding invitations or holiday cards.
If you know someone who’s just like me, having your schedule written down in your planner isn’t enough. You also need a mega-sized wall calendar to clearly see what day of the month it is and get a glimpse of your big to-do’s that day before delving into your planner. Not only does a wall calendar like this keep the Type-A person in your life on track, but it also provides a focal point for the office wall.
The World Traveler & Photographer
These make travel SO MUCH EASIER. There’s not much else I can say about these except that anyone on your shopping list that loves to travel (or loves to be organized) absolutely needs them. Especially if they are toting photography gear along for the trip.
This wall map is not only beautiful, but you can actually scratch off all the different places that you’ve been around the world. For someone who puts every bit of their extra cash towards their next awesome escape to a new and different location, a scratch-off map would be perfect. It would look lovely on a wall beside their photos from various vacations.
Stylish and organized, these camera bags provide the perfect place to keep your camera safe while travelling. Kelly Moore camera bags come in a variety of styles and colors and offer leather, vegan, and canvas options. So you can certainly find the perfect bag for the photographer on your list!
The Camper & Nature Lover
This chair is much more advanced than your typical camping chair. Though it still stores away easily in a small bag with a handle, this chair is perfect for outdoor comfort. The comfortable recliners allows you to lean back and gaze at the stars or take a cat-nap. It also allows for a light swinging motion as you sit in relaxation around the campfire.
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice glass of wine. The Hydro Flask wine tumbler will keep your glass of wine nice and chilled for as long as it takes you to drink it. This could also be used for coffee or tea, of you wanted to keep a drink hot without using one of their tall bottles.
For when you can’t be outside camping but you still want the scent, this candle is perfect for the bonfire-loving, cozy camper seeking the comforts of camping smells. Plus, the mug can be used when camping after the candle is gone! Comes in scents such as Moss & Kindling, Smoke & Ash, Espresso Stout, and Palo Santo.
The Animal Lover & Pet Pamperer
Perfect for every pet-owner obsesses with their fur baby, this allows you to create a personalized story book for any family pet. Simply enter some of the pet’s basic information, choose a cartoon character that appears the most similar, and off you go! A hand-illustrated tale is created for the pet lover in your life.
This awesome bundle includes a tote bag, ball pouch + balls, poop bag holder + poop bags, and it comes in a few different colors and patterns. The Dog Park Trio is the perfect gift for that friend or family member who loves to take their dog to the park, on hikes, camping, etc. It’s a great for keeping everything in one place and easy to grab on your way out the door to play with your pet.
Beautifully handcrafted ceramic bowls are a great gift for the pet-pamperer in your life. These come as a set of two, for food and water, and are personalized with the pet’s name. Not only is this unique and custom made, but it can be used for dogs or cats (maybe even a rabbit or guinea pig?) and is much prettier to look at than most food bowls sitting on the kitchen floor.
The Fashionista & Beauty Guru
How can you resist this adorably packaged spa gift set? It includes bath salts, rescue balm, lip balm, and soap, with the option to choose scents/flavors. A little pampering never hurt anyone, and this could be the best gift for the beauty guru on your list this Christmas.
Stitch Fix is a monthly box that comes to your door with clothes picked out especially for you. When signing up for this service, you share your style, size, price preferences, etc. and then 5 hand-selected pieces of clothing are sent to your door each month. You then buy what you would to keep, and send the rest back. Awesome, right? This is a perfect gift for the fashionista in your life, though you would need to make sure you have all of her personal preferences ahead of time or provide a certificate rather than filling out the information yourself!
These brush collections are not only chic, high-quality makeup products, but they are environmentally friendly too! They are created from recycled materials and renewable bamboo and are an affordable and useful gift for any beauty guru. EcoTool also sells bath and spa products as well as hairbrushes, which could also make great gifts.
The Computer Geek & Techy
Okay, so this isn’t just for the techy in your life. The handy little Echo makes a great gift for anyone in the family as it offers a hands-free, voice-controlled option to play music, make calls, set alarms, check the weather, etc. It’s a great tool for the tech-loving guy in your life but just as equally great for the busy mom. This is the smallest (and cheapest) version, and there are several other more advanced options to choose from!
For the guy (or gal) that loves video games - the Nintendo Switch is a super fun gift for the kid at heart. Released in March 2017, this allows for games to played on the TV at home and converts into a handheld device for on-the-go gaming. Don’t forget to purchase a game or two as well!
The PhoneSoap 3 kills 99.99% of germs safely with UV light. It allows for you to clean your phone while charging it at the same time, and you can still hear any alarms or notifications go off if you are waiting to hear from someone special. This is the perfect gift for the person who is on their phone all the time - can you imagine how many germs are all over that device? Gross! PhoneSoap can also sanitize your keys, credit card - or anything else that fits inside! This even comes in a variety of colors so you can purchase the best one for those on your list.
The Sports Megafan & Tailgater
FanChest has gift boxes for every sports lover in your life. Whether it’s and NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, or College team, this site has you covered. They offer several different types of boxes for each team. For example, my husband is a huge Washington Capitals fan, and so the Washington Capitals FanChest 2 contains five different products (think shirts, cups, hats, etc. themed around that particular team) as well as a golden ticket where fans can win VIP team experiences or signed memorabilia.
This is such a cool, unique piece for your favorite sports guru to hang on their wall. The Grommet offers a 3D Stadium art piece for every professional sports team along with the team’s logo and a brief history. These are a bit pricey, but a great piece for someone close to you who already has every possible item related to their team.
The Yeti Backpack Cooler isn’t just for the sports fans, but it is the perfect tailgating accessory as it holds 20 cans of beer and keeps them ice cold for hours. It is also aptly designed to distribute the weight of your good so it isn’t too heavy or uncomfortable to carry around. The cooler is also 100% leak proof and comes in a lovely grey and blue that is great for everyone.
The Kitchen Chef & Baker
For the baker in your family, a marble or ceramic rolling pin is a must. Not only are these beautiful to have sitting on a shelf in the kitchen, but they also stay cool so the dough does not stick as much when rolling it out. This particular one from Crate & Barrel is stunning and comes with it’s very own stand to have on display.
Okay, everything in the Cravings by Chrissy Teigen line at Target is amazing. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, definitely do! She has a lot of items that would make great gifts for chefs and bakers. Her measuring cup set is not only adorable, but it’s also neutral colors that would go with anyone’s kitchen.
A Cast-Iron grill pan should be a must for every kitchen, but especially someone who loves to cook. Le Creuset makes top of the line cast-iron items, and this i one of my favorites. Plus, it comes in so many fun colors! So you can pick the best option for your friends and family.
Secret Santa Gifts Under $25
These insulated water bottles not only keep your drink cold or hot for hours on end, but the bottles are also super trendy and come in so many different colors and patterns!
This is so cool - 3D printing is becoming more and more accessible and still blows my mind! This pen requires colorful filaments to put on the inside, and you can draw 3D objects. So affordable too!
Ever find yourself needing a screwdriver or bottle opener and not having those tools on you? The Wallet Ninja is an 18-in-1 credit card sized tool to keep in your wallet. Perfect for almost everyone!
This great little set comes with Almond & Milk Hand Cream, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream, and Cotton Gloves. It’s a perfect pampering set.
Perfect for the Disney fan, this “Chip” mug looks just like to beloved character from Beauty and the Beast. Could certainly be a treasured gift for many!
If you know someone with a green thumb who is perhaps short on space, this adorable planting system would be a great gift. It is ideal for succulents or cacti, and would fit well in an office or kitchen space to add a touch of green for a plant lover.
These are not only beautiful, but also ultra functional. This could be a great gift for avid book readers and gemstone loves alike. Would make for a charming book display!
Great for an office Secret Santa exchange, this little USB/Battery powered vacuum is perfect to clean up your desktop space and keyboard.
This is a perfect little gift for the jetset fashionista in your life. The Lilly Pulitzer passport cover is beautiful and functional.
A soft and cozy throw blanket is a classic Secret Santa gift, but you really can’t go wrong here. Perfect for guy or gal and no one can ever have too many cozy blankets, right?
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6