Holiday Gift Ideas
by Louisa Moore on Friday, December 7th, 2012
Another holiday season is upon us! With the success of major shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas could be the largest on record. That said, retailers are still working hard to promote their products.
Over the past week, I have received countless catalogues from J. Crew, Bloomingdales and other stores. Online, stores have gift guides divided into different categories (like gifts “for those who have it all” and gifts under $50) to help make the shopping process easier. Here is my own gift guide for you. It should give you some shopping ideas for friends and family, and keep you on the lookout for special before-Christmas sale promotions.
Warm clothing is a popular gift choice during the holiday season. Scarves, gloves, and hats are all “must haves,” and you can wear them immediately after opening the gift. If you’re looking for something on the less expensive side, Forever 21 and H&M are still very fashionable. J. Crew and Kate Spade have more expensive options, and usually have items made from cashmere or wool.
If you’re in need of a wintery stocking-stuffer, socks are the way to go. Though small, they can make someone on your list very happy. If your friend or family member loves to ski, snowboard, or skate, Smartwool offers a variety of foot-warming products. For more personalized ideas, visit Sock It To Me, an online store dedicated to socks. At prices as low as $9, this website offers numerous quirky socks that will keep your feet warm all winter.
Also in the warm category, Snuggies and onesies have become very popular gifts. They are the perfect gift to wear in front of the fire while reading or spending time with family. Though often given as a joke, these products will end up being used religiously by whomever you give them to — I’m giving my 26-year-old brother and his girlfriend matching onesies this year.
Another good option, phone cases are great gifts for both men and women. Amazon.com is probably the best place to go – it offers great deals on lots of brands, fast and reliable shipping, and excellent selection.
For edible treats, seasonal candies and baked goods are always a favorite. Basically anything peppermint and/or chocolate will do. Check out stores like Williams-Sonoma or Crate & Barrel for options like peppermint bark and hot chocolate mixes. Also, anything homemade is great; for example, sugar cookies shaped like christmas trees.
For kids, go to the toy store and have fun looking. A sales clerk can tell you about the best selection for each age group. Stuffed animals are a cute and inexpensive idea for a younger relative.
If you find none of these ideas appealing, you can always fall back on the tried and true gift card. I hope this gift guide inspires you to go out and face the holiday crowds, finding your friends and family the perfect gifts.
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