With Black Friday and the biggest shopping season of the year fast-approaching, it's time to start figuring out what's on your gift list. If your dad always says he "doesn't need anything" or you mom says not worry about buying something for her, it can be difficult to brainstorm present ideas on top of your already busy holiday schedule.
That's why we've come up with a list of gift ideas that are sure to please everyone in your family. Take a look and see if you can make your holiday shopping a little easier.
For the Mom of the House
Mothers are often the most difficult people to shop for. You don't want to buy her something she'll never use, but you also don't want to be cliche and get her another cookbook or candle.
The trick is to hand her something that's both versatile and luxurious. Mom probably won't go out and treat herself to a cashmere sweater or nice jewelry when she's busy caring for the family, so seize the opportunity to spoil her during the holidays. A high-quality purse is also a safe bet since she'll probably enjoy it and get plenty of use out of it. If your mother is constantly rushing from one place to the next, help her get organized by gifting her a cute planner or notebook. Let your gift show that you appreciate everything she does for the family and that you know what she'll actually use and love.
For the Dad Who Has Everything
Dads are almost as difficult to shop for as mothers. You've probably already gifted him ties, tools, and other "manly" gifts too many times to count. How can you surprise him with something a little different this year?
Look for something that will pair well with his hobbies. If he's a wine connoisseur, wrap an expensive aerator or sign him up for a wine subscription package. If he loves technology, figure out what home gadgets he doesn't already have (maybe the Google Home, Apple TV, or Alexa). Whiskey ice cubes, sporting accessories, and travel gear are also safe bets for many men. If you don't think any of those will work, pay attention to the things he uses every day and see if you can give him an upgrade. For instance, replace his ratty old briefcase with a shiny new one or gift him a wallet that has added credit card protection and tracking services.
For Your Too-Cool Brother or Son
Feel like he'll just roll his eyes at whatever gift you pick out? Chances are, he will, but there are some presents he'll secretly appreciate.
Give him something that'll make him crack a smile. If you hand him tickets to a sporting event or a concert he'll love, you'll definitely earn some bonus points. Video games or card games he can play with his friends are also great choices. After all, what guy between the ages of 15 and 30 doesn't love his Xbox or a round of Cards Against Humanity? You can also invest in some quality gear that he'll appreciate long-term like fancy running shoes, apparel from his favorite sports team, or tech accessories that can withstand his active lifestyle. Cameras and cell phone accessories are other guaranteed wins.
For Your Trendy Sister or Daughter
Those prepackaged spa or nail polish sets might look pretty, but they're not exactly thoughtful gifts. She deserves something with a little bit more flair, don't you think?
Help her achieve that little extra sparkle in her look. If there's an up and coming fashion trend she's yet to buy into, plop a bow on it and place it under the tree. Purchase some high-end makeup products that she always wants to use but forgoes because she doesn't need them. Quality skincare products, silky soft scarves, and expensive sunglasses will make her feel like a regular celebrity. Statement jewelry, popular books, travel bags, and eye-catching shoes are always fun to open, and she'll appreciate the effort you made to match her style.
For the Little Ones
Obviously, toys seem like the go-to purchase for kids, but they're probably already getting quite a few from their various friends and relatives. If you want your gift to stand out, you'll have to get a little more creative.
Wrap up something unique and exciting. Children love receiving interactive gifts and opening the doors to new hobbies. Give them a puppet show set they can use to reenact dramatic movie scenes or a funny board game the entire family can play together. Help them preserve their childhood memories with a disposable camera and a box of funky dress-up clothes. If they're really young, give them something they'll laugh at like funny animal-shaped slippers or hats. The gifts don't have to be expensive to be memorable.
What are you gifting the most important people in your life this holiday season? Leave other suggestions in the comments below!