Best Christmas gifts to give and get

Christmas is right around the corner, and holiday shopping is already in full swing. However, if you’re behind schedule, and just don’t know what to get your friends and family for Christmas, there’s still time. If you’re like me, anxious about whether or not your loved one’s are going to actually like what you gave them–or just react with the obligatory, polite “Aw, thanks!”–chances are you’re still stuck trying to find the perfect gifts. Let’s break down the best reliable, foolproof Christmas gift ideas for each person on your list. 

The first person on your list is most likely your mother, the woman who gave you life and raised you ever since–what could you possibly buy her to repay her for that? You can never go wrong with the basics: coffee mugs, perfume, skin care or flowers. If you want to make it a little more personal, consider a custom coffee mug, where you can add a picture of the two of you together, or a short note for her to always read while she drinks her morning coffee. Keep in mind, a meaningful gift doesn’t have to be expensive. Mothers will always appreciate a sincere, handwritten letter, and she’s sure to cherish anything homemade. At the end of the day, your mother is going to love anything you give her.

Fathers are ultimately the same, but you need to be a little more specific. Make sure you have a general idea of what your father would enjoy, but from there he’ll most likely fall under one of three categories. If he’s an adventurous, outdoorsy kind of guy: consider a nice leather wallet, a new pair of boots or running shoes or some new fishing/hunting/boating gear if he’s into any of that. If he’s more of a tech-guy: maybe splurge for a nice watch, a new phone/laptop case, a bluetooth speaker or a pair of bluetooth headphones. And if he’s neither or a combination of both: a case of beer (purchased by your mother of course), a board game, wool socks or a nice sweater. 

Siblings are a bit harder, almost always less easygoing. Pay attention to what stores they like to shop at, and what their style is like, if you’re buying clothes. A set of lotion and perfume or cologne are always a safe bet, and even though it’s not the most exciting gift in the world, your siblings will definitely appreciate gift cards. 

For the most part, sibling and friend gifts are pretty similar. For friend gifts, make sure you know what they like–don’t be afraid to ask them for their Christmas wish list–and don’t overthink it. Again, when in doubt, gift cards. 

At the end of the day, it truly is the thought that counts. Gift giving should come from the heart, just give your loved ones what feels right. The holiday season should be fun, try not to stress too much or spend too much.