Welcome to the
2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Presents that sparkle, surprise, & are sure to delight.
Find gifts to make every spirit happy & bright this holiday season!
The end of the year is always jam-packed with parties for families, work, and friends. With all the invites also come along with the question of what to bring as a gift for the occasion. To help you find the perfect gifts thirty-five of us have come together to bring you this year’s Holiday Gift Guide. Present ideas, from jewelry and last-minute ideas to technology and the latest trends, our guide will make your shopping easy this season. Grab a glass of eggnog and wrap up these unique presents and personalized gifts for everyone on your list.
This year as you toast the host be sure to show your appreciation with gifts that will warm their heart and guarantee you an invite next year. With the creative and thoughtful gifts that you find on our guide, they’re sure to be bragging about the amazing gift they got from you! Everyone will want to be on your gift list!
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Gift Giving and Receiving Etiquette
It’s not the holidays until your teenager opens their ugly socks that grandma lovingly knitted for them and another fruitcake arrives from your great aunt. The problem is that you hate fruitcake and your teen is giving you the “no way am I putting these on look.”
And thus begins the season of awkward gift giving.
The holidays present a veritable minefield of scenarios that don’t exactly promote peace on earth and goodwill toward men—and that includes giving and receiving. How much should you spend on a hostess gift? Do you need to buy presents for all of your friends’ kids? And how do you handle those thanks-but-no-thanks gifts from well-meaning relatives?
- Discussions about money during the holidays should be open, candid and honest. If you anticipate hardship for someone, talk to them ahead of time. Let them know that you appreciate everything they’ve done in the past, but this year a card will be just fine.
- Be truly and genuinely appreciative of lavish gifts, and reciprocate as best as you can in spirit, if not dollar for dollar. Gift giving is ultimately about the spirit or thought behind the present.
- Only re-gift if you’re sure the recipient would love the item (which should be brand new and in its original packaging).
- Someone gives you a present and you didn’t buy them something! Unexpected gifts don’t have to be reciprocated, simply offer your thanks and send a heartfelt card later.
- There are a lot of people who take care of you and yours every day. And even though some of them get tips every time you see them, most of them don’t. Remember cash is one gift that always says Happy Holidays and thanks for helping out this year.
- A little help goes a long way when you’re first starting out. If you’re buying for a friend, family member, or even an employee who is struggling or hasn’t quite launched their career, a gift card or money to put toward what they need would be much appreciated.
- Your D.I.Y. gift should not be a last-minute, cheap alternative. It should be something that you genuinely think the person will like or appreciate, and that you really want to invest the time in making
- No matter who the present is going to, always make sure to include the receipt.
- Don’t ask gift recipients what they want. Unless it’s a family member or close friend, asking what they want may make them feel obligated to get you something in return.
- As for your bosses, a card or something small. After all, they’re aware of your pay grade and you don’t want to be seen as trying to influence them.
- Finally, if you love giving your office mates presents, make sure to bring a gift for everyone—and keep it modest.