This year my family has decided to forgo the traditional gift exchange among the adults in favor of a grab bag. This means that I have to come up with a gift that would be equally appealing to both my 26 year old sister-in-law and my 50 something uncle.
Yeah. That's easy.
After hours of deliberation, here is what I came up with, with the main goal of not becoming next years re-gift. (Notice the absense of candles, bodywash, and holiday tchotchkes.)
Hopefully these suggestions will be helpful for anyone else who is in a tricky gifting situation.
iPhone gloves $24 to $78 from Echo
Does everyone you know have an iPhone? Do you live in a place where it gets cold?
Done and done. Chances are your buddy does not have iPhone gloves, and let me tell you, answering you phone with you nose (while possible) is a little embarrassing, and taking off your gloves is annoying. I have these, I love these.
(read my review)
Bodum double wall glasses - $26
These come in every style, and have a sleek modern design. The cool factor? The double wall means they are insulated. They are more effective at keeping cold things cool, but I like them for hot beverages as well.
Cards Against Humanity - $25
Yes, a board game. Think Apples to Apples but meaner and funnier.
Bonus - you don't have to buy the fancy version, it's available under a creative commons license, which means you can print your own. If you are willing to put in a little effort you wont have to spend a cent (if you print it out at work, but don't say I told you to do that).
Canvas Print of an Instagram photo - $30
You're an extremely talented Instagramographer, why not share your work in a big (12"x12") way?
CanvasPop offers a service especially for Instagram photos, and I'm already feeling tempted to fill my own walls...
Christmas Cactus - $16
Plants are kind of the gift that keeps on giving. These flower twice a year (not necessarily at Christmas) are super low maintenance, and quite pretty. I received one as a Christmas gift five years ago and I still love it.
Map Coasters - $35
You can choose any state you want from the Etsy Seller The Blue Print, and perhaps you could encourage the recipient to bust them out right away and stop leaving rings on your coffee table...
Two Chickens via World Vision - $25 (or any other kind of donation, as long as it isn't to the Human Fund)
Donating on someones behalf is kind of a nice gesture, especially when your friends and family already have more than enough stuff of their own.
Of course you can choose something meaningful, but I thought the chickens were cute.