Holiday Gift Guide

Giftwrapped by nature

Christmas season is upon us!  Have you started shopping for Christmas presents yet?   Or for those early birds out there, are you finished with gift wrapping duties?  Check your lists again, you might have missed a couple of people to give presents to.  In light of this season of merriment, I have put together a holiday gift guide.  You might find some of these suggestions useful if you are still looking around.

Drone with Camera

Drone with Camera

Drones have certainly stepped up the tech ladder as one of the best gadgets that you can purchase for yourself or give as a truly memorable and useful present.  Many of us have at least one friend or family member who would enjoy playing with a drone – especially those with cameras on them.  Here’s a list of the best drones to give as holiday presents, as well as some tips on making sure that you make the right purchase for your budget.

Cozy Slippers


Cozy and comfy, you can never go wrong with shopping for slippers as some of your holiday presents.  It’s actually an all-occasion gift idea, so it’s definitely goof-proof!  Try sprucing them up with little stocking stuffers inside.  A winter nail color, a peppermint lip balm, or some hand creams for women, or earbuds and a pair of trendy socks for men.  Wrap them up with a festive bow, and you’re good to go!

Local Gift Finds

Shop Local

Is there an artisan fair in your area for Christmas?  Discover unique gifts, support the arts and have a unique shopping experience.  Get out of the malls and see what else is out there.  Shop at Etsy this year instead of Amazon.

Audible Subscription

A Subscription to Audible for Audio Books

Give the gift of knowledge, entertainment, and possibly a new past time.  A list of your favorite podcasts along with the gift.  Earbuds or an assortment of teas to enjoy over the holidays are some great picks.  Maybe include a few of my favorite podcasts on your list – TedX Radio Hour, Hidden Brain and Revisionist History by Malcome Gladwell.

Unique Christmas Ornaments

Just the right Christmas Ornament

While this might not be a “main gift” idea – probably a really good stocking stuffer, it definitely shows how much of a thoughtful person you are.  There are random Christmas ornaments that you see in a store, craft shop, or even in a thrift store that will really remind you of someone or something.  There are some that evokes a memorable moment in their life, and some that you just know will be something that everyone would love to receive and hang on their trees.  Someone gave me a precious one the year my mom died.  What a sweet gift it was.  And I bought one this year that has the TN Flag stars on it to remind me of my home state!

Gift Cards as Christmas gifts

Gift Cards

You can’t argue with the fact that gift cards are a foolproof gift idea.  Yes, it might seem a little bit impersonal, BUT there are just people who are really hard to shop presents for!  So why not find out some of their favorite places to shop at, or maybe a place where you know everyone will definitely shop at.

Can you buy gift cards for others and get a benefit for yourself?  Many places give you a $20 card if you buy $100 in Cards, or some combination of “Buy for them-Get for You” discount.  Gift cards are really an easy way to get out of a rut if you don’t know what to give someone for Christmas.  It’s also a good idea to beware of stores that you should skip when it comes to gift cards.  Mostly because their gift card rules and fees will just take away that Holiday cheer right out of you.  Here are 5 of the worst retail gift card rules and fees that you should avoid.  The best situation if you are the recipient of a gift card is to use it sooner than later!

I hope this season will be fun and cheerful for you.  Look for ways to make your own cheer!  I confess I did take advantage of a few black Friday deals for myself!

Happy Holidays