Christmas Gift Ideas for Everyone

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Every year when the holidays roll around I get this mixed feeling of joy and fear. The fear comes from the realization I have to start racking my brain for 100 different Christmas gifts. Slight exaggeration but you get it. You’re faced with the task of coming up with a gift for each and every person that meets all these requirements:

*thoughtful
*unique
*inexpensive
*something they don’t already have
*not cheesy
*decent quality
*something they would use
*is cute/cool

That’s a lot of pressure.

I’ve done plenty of searches online for gift help. So to help my fellow gift searchers, I’ve put together some ideas I’ve used successfully.

MARRIED COUPLES/PARENTS:

  • Date Nights
    -get a variety of gift cards they can use for date nights
    ie: coffee, movies, ice cream, restaurants
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  • Tickets to an Event
    ie: play, comedy show, concert, musical
  • A weekend or Night Away
    ie: bed & breakfast, a nearby town/city with fun activities, spa
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*As an added bonus if you gift someone a special night or weekend away, you can also offer to watch their kid (s) or dog sit

  • Matching Pajamas and Mugs
    -you can find a lot of cute Mr. & Mrs. items
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  • Get Local
    -if you live in a different state than the gift receiver, put together a variety of products specially made in your state.
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  • Hobby Accessories
    -Are they really into something right now? Camping/RVing, hiking, house projects, etc.
    My in-laws bought a camper and they take full advantage of it in the warm months. So we put together some things we thought would come in handy for that.
    ie: a personalized bag to store things in, scented fire starters, and a shark steam mop (there’s a lot of foot traffic in their camper).

SINGLES/COLLEGE STUDENTS:

  • Subscription to Hulu
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  • Crockpot (include some good recipes)
  • Funny t-shirt, Mug, and/or Movie
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  • Wine, Beer, Whiskey (as long as they’re 21)
    -I have a brother in college and one thing I’ve learned is that he and his friends appreciate a good local beer or whiskey. Any gifts that go along with that are usually a hit also.
  • Gift cards
    -This might seem like the easy way out. But when you’re on your own, gift cards are like gold! If you’re not sure what type of gift cards they’d like, ask for a list of 4 or 5 to pick from.
  • Just ask
    -Maybe they’re trying to cook more and would love some new measuring cups and spoons. Maybe they’re trying to save up for a trip and would love to just take the money and put it towards that. No harm in asking!

LADIES IN YOUR LIFE:

  • Pedicure
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  • Facial or Massage
    -a morning or afternoon at a spa getting pampered?! That’s a great day
    *My favorite place is Brookside Gardens located in Berthoud, CO. If you don’t know of a good place, ask around!
  • Tickets to a Fun Event
    -ie: concert, play, dinner theater, etc
    *If you choose to get someone tickets to an event, make sure you find out if they’re available that night.
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  • Favorite Things ♥
    -I started making a list of things I’ve come to love in the past year. If I love it, I have a feeling other people will too and it could make a great gift!
    For example, I bought a Pampered Chef tool that chops up ground beef like a pro and makes cooking so much easier. It’s a game changer! So for Christmas I ordered some for several women in my family. And guess what? They loved it too 🙂
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MEN IN YOUR LIFE:

  • Wood Docking Station
    -My husband has this and we both really like it. It looks very nice and holds everything from his phone and wallet to watches, sunglasses, and keys. I got it from Palmetto Wood Shop. You can choose from a variety of colors.
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  • Whiskey, Beer, Favorite Liquor (21+ of course)
  • Whiskey Accessories
    ie: whiskey ice cube molds, whiskey glasses, or other accessories. I got my husband a death star ice cube mold because he’s a Star Wars nerd 😉
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  • Beard or Shaving Stuff
    Beard- beard oil, lotion, beard kit, beard comb
    No Beard- grooming kit, homemade or good quality shaving cream, shaving brush
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  • Travel Bag
    -I purchased personalized travel bags for some of the guys in my family. They’re good quality and can hold all their bathroom products when traveling. This one is from Thirty-One and they call it the “24/7 Case”.
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KIDS:

  • Creative Gifts
    ie: chalk, crafts, new art supplies, play dough  (just not anything that creates too much of a mess or has a lot of small parts)
    *mom and dad will love if you include an organizer with it too
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  • A Fun Outing
    ie: movies, zoo, bowling, mini golf, etc. Kids tend to look back and remember experiences more than toys
    *If you want them to still be able to open something, you could wrap a small item to represent your outing
  • Imaginative Play
    ie: Dr. kit, tool kit, baking set, dress up clothes
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I hope some of these ideas helped you check some people off your list!

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5 Dates Under $25

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My husband and I love a good date night, or day date! And as fun as going out to a fancy dinner is, the bank account can’t take much of that. So here are 5 dates that we have personally loved for under $25.

Cheese & Wine

Just last night, the hubby had a fantastic idea! Let’s go to our local grocery store and pick out some fancy cheeses to try. Our King Soopers down the street now has a cheese station! We picked out 5 samplers that looked good and a bottle of wine. Our dinner that night consisted of crackers, cheese, and wine. It was great! The price of this date really depends on how many kinds and the prices of the cheeses you pick out. But it is very possible to stay under $25.

Movie & Snacks

Go by your local Dollar Tree and pick out some sweet and savory snacks, grab a Redbox, and go cuddle up with your sweetie! Movie theater snacks are widely known to be very expensive. So if you do decide to hit the theater, you can still save a ton of money by stopping at the Dollar Tree first.

Spa Night

You can start off by making some dinner together (he can grill and you can make the sides/dessert). Then take a hot shower or bath together to get nice and relaxed. After that I like to set up the room like a spa would, but more romantic. I turn off the lights, light some candles, turn Pandora on to “Spa Music”, and warm up some lotion for the massage. I like to use “Sensual” by Bath and Body Works’ aromatherapy line. Putting on a nice little outfit for him certainly doesn’t hurt 😉 Then give each other a nice full body massage.

This is our annual Valentines date night now and let me just say that it has changed my husband’s perspective about this holiday lol He used to be a big complainer when this time rolled around each year. “It’s just a way to make more money….I show you I love you everyday of the year….etc. etc.” Not that I don’t agree, but hey I’m a woman and I like romantical things. I don’t however like the crowds and spending my valentines surrounded by hundreds of people instead of just the one that’s important.

Mountains/Hiking & Pic-Nic

We live in Colorado so the mountains are never too far away. An hour’s drive and we’re surrounded by beauty and mountain air. We pick a trail (usually pretty easy since I’m not what you’d call an athlete), take in our natural surroundings, and have some good conversation. If you don’t live near mountains, you can still find a lake or area with some hiking trails. Pack a cooler with snacks or lunch so you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to eat or spending money. Plus, eating a picnic with great scenery is awesome!

Coffee & Bookstore or Mall 

We enjoy wandering around book stores and neat shops in the mall. At the bookstore we usually grab a coffee and sip while we browse. At the mall we like to find small, neat little kitchen or home gadgets. At Crate & Barrel the other night we got some Easter cookie cutters and sanding sugars (for decorating cookies). I like to bake and my husband likes to eat what I bake, so it was technically for both of us 😉 The cutters were $9 and the sugars were $4. It was fun spending the time together and we didn’t spend very much.

Extra Dating Tips:

Groupon

Groupon has provided us with some great new experiences, and low-budget dates. We’ve tried new places for brunch or dinner, saw cool shows, and got discounts on ice cream, coffee, pizza, etc. We even found an amazing bed & breakfast through Groupon that we have been back to twice. That was obviously more than $25, but we still got a great deal on it and have made wonderful weekend memories there.

Local Tours

Find out what places near you give tours. A lot of them are free or low cost. Celestial Seasonings Tea located in Boulder gives free tours, so we went there one day. It was fun, informative, and we picked up some new teas to try afterwards.

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