Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

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Ok—so you survived Black Friday, Cyber Monday—or Green Monday--whatever its called these days--you’ve crossed off some of the “big gift items” for either your family, friends, or coworkers.  However, what do you purchase for those that are a bit more difficult to shop for? Or for the ones that say, “get me whatever.” What can you buy that goes beyond the basic/obvious gifts such as cologne/perfume, a tie, watch, handbag, gift cards, etc.?  This week, let’s go beyond the typical materialistic presents for the holidays, and let’s explore more creative, sentimental options!

          Gift of Memories:

If you’re shopping for someone that you know loves to travel or who wishes he/she could travel more, you might want to consider surprising them with a vacation. Whether its via cruise, a flight, train ride, take your pick.   It doesn't have to be a vacation that breaks your wallet.  Plan something that you can manage that enables your gift recipient  to explore new worlds/cultures, cuisine, and  new activities that will leave them with lasting impressions and everlasting smiles.  You can book mini getaways, such as a bed and breakfast, weekend trip to a cabin, fishing trip, canoeing, skiing, beach town locations, etc.  The key is to give the gift of seeing the world a bit differently --- even if it’s right in your own city/state! Sometimes we take for granted where we live and don't explore enough right in our own backyard.   

 Gift of Entertainment:
If there’s someone in your life that has a favorite band, singer, or loves Broadway shows, then giving the gift of concerts, plays or the opera would be your best bet! These days there’s all kinds of VIP access to certain concerts which would add as an additional bonus! You can enable this person to finally get to see their favorite artist or add to the amount of times they’ve already attended the artist’s venue. 

              Gift of Sports:

Know anyone who is a baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, football fan?   Perhaps buying season tickets for that person or tickets to the World Series, etc., would definitely make for an exciting gift.  Sports can also extend beyond watching anything athletic—perhaps someone you know always wanted to learn how to ski, ice skate, snowboard, etc.  You might want to consider buying lesson packages for any particular sport. 

             Gift of Personalized Items:

Presents that can be engraved, embroidered or screen printed really add that special touch to a person’s holiday or any time of the year.  You can engrave jewelry, plaques, picture frames, jewelry boxes, drinking glasses, bracelets, etc.  My husband Anthony, works in an embroidery/screen printing store called Spartan Embroidery in Staten Island, New York.  During the holidays, he receives tons of orders for embroidered jackets, shirts, canvas bags, or other items for screen printing.  It’s a fun gift and can be very sentimental.   

             Gift of Photos:

Every year, I go on and create holiday cards, calendars, photo books, pillows and blankets with pictures transferred onto them, design special frames, and so much more detailed home d├ęcor items.  Every year I also make a calendar for my husband and I usually theme it to whatever our last vacation was.  He expects this gift every year! I remember one year I didn't make him one and he was so disappointed -- that's how much he loves it!  You can also design jewelry with pictures as well and ornaments for someone's Christmas tree on Shutterfly.  I actually designed as well jewelry with images of my grandparents who have passed away—as a gift  to myself to always have them close to my heart.

             Gift of Creativity:

You may have very hands on—crafty people to shop for and one of the best places to go for items like this is either Michaels,  AC Moore or any other craft store that’s near your location.  These craft stores house so many items that you can construct, paint and decorate—for instance bird cages, baskets, lanterns, frames, jewelry, vases, floral arrangements, holiday decorations, crocheting, etc.  Craft stores are a great place to shop for additions for someone’s small business like signage making.  You can also purchase coloring books for adults!!!  

Having holiday ornaments personalized with family, friend or coworker's names on them is such a heartwarming gift because they can represent  special achievements in their lives -- for example--baby's first Christmas, New Home, #1 Teacher, etc.  

Other ways of being crafty and creative—maybe you can surprise someone with a home or room makeover or a garage overhaul.  Perhaps give the gift of detailing someone’s car or restoring and old one, or even customize a motorcycle for someone you know who has one.

   Gift of Painting:

If you're like me and love to paint, you'll love going to either Pinot's Palette or Paint & Sip or any painting place near you.  There's Pinot's Palettes where I live and its an incredible place to paint at any skill level and drink wine, soda, juice etc and listen to music.  Perhaps you might want to gift someone who also likes to paint and make it a group effort! The more the merrier! 
              Gift of Well Being:

            Who isn't stressed these days and needs to recharge! If you know someone who is very conscious of their health or needs a positive shift for their well-being, you may want to consider giving a holistic type gift to that person. You can give gift certificates to Reiki sessions, Acupuncture, Spa/Massage treatments, Facials, Hair and Nail appointments, Yoga and Pilate classes, Psychic or Mediumship Readings, Angel Card Readings, crystal energy gifts, essential oil, aroma therapy, exercise equipment, etc.  Presents like these would very much help center and balance someone to living a more healthier lifestyle -- mentally, physically and emotionally. 

            Gift of Cuisine:

            Do you have family members who love to cook, but their recipes are scattered everywhere or do you know someone in your family that wants to learn your recipes?  Consider making a special cook book using supplies at a craft store or going on and creating a special cook book of recipes.  This delicious gift will definitely be one that will keep on giving, but you're also be sharing the gift of learning about the family's traditions and cultures.   

           You can give that special someone a cooking class gift and have them signed up somewhere in their area.  Perhaps that person always wanted to learn how to bake, cook in a more gluten free or vegan approach.  

            Gift certificates toward a favorite restaurant or surprise  restaurant reservation that is usually hard to arrange are cool options. My husband's Aunt every year gets us different restaurant gift certificates in Staten Island and we look forward to it every time because we get to explore places we didn't know were in our area..   

            Perhaps you can surprise your loved one by making your own special dinner at home as a pre- gift before going to see a play or other event.  Maybe you know a wine enthusiast and you can purchase special wines to add to their collection or even take them to winery or even Tuscany, Italy!

               Gift of Imagination:

            If you know someone who LOVES to read like me, definitely keep up-to-date with what that person reads or is interested in yet reading and  add it to their library.  You can also purchase beautifully themed bookends or book shelves or even build a book shelf for someone.  Surprising someone with a trip to their local library for their favorite author book signing, or historic libraries are other possibilities.

              Gift of Collecting:

            If there's someone on your list that loves to collect, baseball cards, stamps, angel figurines, pins, antiques, shot glasses, tools, patches, car parts, classic movies, fishing hooks, etc., helping add to someone's collection really shows that you pay attention to detail.  You are also getting them closer to their goal of what they want to collect.

            Always remember, during this time of year, try not to stress.  Try not to think spending so much money on one person is the answer to a great gift.   I know it may seem easier said that done, but when you think about it --- no matter what you decide to gift someone, as long as its from the heart, and there's positive intentions behind your purchase, you can't go wrong. Those special someones will be honored that they were thought of and will feel appreciative of the time you put aside in showing how much they matter in your life. 

Happy shopping and have a wonderful, loving and safe holiday season!

Guidance, Inspiration & Comfort always,
Andrea R. Freeman

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