Christmas is around the corner and there is a good chance you may be considering gift options for special people in your life. Some gifts are intimate and personal while others are tokens of heartfelt appreciation. To help make the process of buying holiday gifts easier, we have put together a few cool ideas for the holiday season.
Bearing in mind that we give gifts to all sorts of people in our lives, from family members to business associates and even employees, we’ve put together a list of personalized gift ideas for everyone in your life.
Gift Baskets for your acquaintances
When you have to buy gifts for your acquaintances and you don’t want to do a lot of research, holiday gift baskets are a perfect compromise.
Flowers, perfumes, scented candles and even art-deco figurines are a great way to show your appreciation for your acquaintances. This is a surprisingly affordable option!
For those who aren’t necessarily close friends, it’s best to keep the theme of each gift general and avoid items that you would typically give to those who are part of your inner circle. You can think of these as gift knick-knacks for important clients, vendors and suppliers that you deal with every day.
Gift baskets leave enough room for customization, which means you can include a mix of expensive and affordable items or just pocket-friendly items depending upon the recipient.
These gift baskets are definitely a nice gesture when you wish to show your appreciation for a vendor or supplier business partner..
Personalized jewelry or custom artwork for your significant other
Personalized jewelry or custom artwork can make for a great Christmas gift. All you have to do is go to sites such as etsy.com and check out various options. For men, such accessories as watches, bracelets and rings are really in vogue right now. I recently purchased a decanter with my father’s name engraved on it for less than 30 dollars, which was super nifty and cool, while being budget conscious.
For women – bracelets, rings, necklaces and even luxury watches are great holiday gifts when you need to make a grand and generous gesture. A cool gift I recently purchased was a 3D printed flower pot which I have no doubt my mother will love this holiday season.
With so many small vendors putting their offers online for unique and crafty ideas, this holiday season is perfect to get some awesome gifts for your loved ones. All you have to do is spend some time browsing the internet and you’ll be all set to wow your family members.
A Holiday Getaway
Alright, we’ll admit that this isn’t for the faint of heart. That said, if you have someone really special in your life, you could consider giving them the gift of a paid getaway.
Naturally, this is something that would be reserved for your best friends or your family members (parents or siblings). If you run a business, a holiday getaway is also a great gift for your top performing employees.
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to giving a getaway gift. Vouchers for hotel stays or even free air travel to a cool destination are quite affordable gifts if you don’t want to break the bank.
Here’s the trick: although you give the travel voucher to your loved ones now, it doesn’t mean they need to travel right away. Many travel agencies run promotions for specific times of the year when people don’t usually travel to a specific destination (off-season travel). So if you do your research, you may be able to give a fully paid trip to someone special (flight+ accommodations) for less than $1,000 dollars. It just takes a bit of ingenuity to find the right getaway deal at the right time.
Customized office supplies
Coffee mugs, pen holders, paperweights and even mousepads make great gifts when customized. A custom gift for those that work for you is a great way to make a point that you appreciate your employee’s dedication and hardwork.
So for, example, the internet is full of options to purchase high quality custom pens engraved with a person’s name. Or awesome paperweights (again, if you go to sites like etsy.com you can get some 3D printed ones that look super rad!)
Bottomline – there are endless options out there from which to choose and with which to get creative.
Custom branded apparel
Branded apparel is yet another fine gift idea for your employees during the holiday season. Printed and monogrammed shirts and t-shirts work great if you want to give your employees a gift that recognizes their contribution and commitment to your workplace. Codrin Arsene, CEO at Digital Authority Partners, a Chicago design agency stands by custom branded apparel as gifts for employees. He rightly notes the current trend among working millennials who wear their pride in the companies and organizations for which they work in the form of custom branded apparel. Custom branded apparel doesn’t have to expensive. Brands like ScreenPrintThis supply custom t-shirts for just $4.99 exclusive of taxes.
Gifts are a message you give to the people you care about – a message of appreciation. It is important that we find the time this month to show the people in our lives that we love them and care about them. While family members, children and spouses are the most likely candidates to show our generosity, employees and business associates should not be ignored. We hope these five gift ideas can help you quickly decide what to buy to delight the people around you this holiday season.