These are words synonymous with the holidays, especially when it comes to gift giving. If, like me, you’d rather enjoy the holiday than rush through it, I’ve got some helpful tips for you.
3 Ways to Simplify Gift Giving
- Set boundaries – You can choose not to participate in name drawing and/or gift giving. I’ve done this and my family is always very understanding.
- Set a spending limit for the gifts you are buying, and take advantage of sales to get great gifts at affordable prices. If you find a gift that is under budget, you are not obligated to spend more. The number you set is a maximum.
- Take advantage of Gift Guides to narrow down your choices, save time shopping, and create a mindful shopping list. I’ve done the research for you and curated a list of my favorite gift guides. There’s over a 100 ideas that cover everyone on your list plus a few of my personal recommendations. I may earn from qualifying purchases made through those links which, at no extra cost to you, helps to support Sharon E. Hines.
My Favorite Gift Guides
- Southern Living magazine has 5 thoughtfully curated gift guides:
- Trendy finds for your stylish pals. I’m really diggin’ the catchall bowl.
- 10 cozy gifts for your friends who love staying home. That would be me, and I totally want those blue tin plates.
- This is a great list for your more adventurous friends who enjoy travel.
- These gift ideas are perfect for the gardeners in your life. a.k.a. my mother-in-law.
- And, let’s not forget the Southern (or any) chef. I mean, how can she live without biscuit cutters?
I love that every list has unique items you might not have thought of otherwise.
Another excellent gift idea I’d add to this list is the Style Challenges from Get Your Pretty On. I’m in my second year of participating in the seasonal challenges and love what it’s done for my closet and my self-esteem.
- Emily A. Clark shared three well-thought-out gift guides:
- Gift Ideas for Younger and Older Kids
- Gifts for Her I put one of the items on my shopping list for my daughter, Hannah.
- Gift Ideas for Him I can vouch for the wrinkle release spray. It’s a household necessity for Matt.
My favorite thing about Emily’s lists is she surveyed her own family and friends as well as pulled from things she personally has and loves. You can’t go wrong with that.
- Shannan’s gift guide is simple and thoughtful. I love the heart behind it. Also, I’ll take one of those candles, and I’m thinking of #6 for my husband.
- Tsh from Art of Simple decided to create one Holiday Gift Guide this year since both men and women enjoy some of the same suggestions. Her list is filled with eclectic, cute finds that appeal to those who are adventurous and environmentally conscious.
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- Etsy has got you covered with ideas for everyone on your list. What I love about Etsy is the unique, handmade and personalized options they offer. I also love supporting small businesses.
Tip: If you like some of the ideas from the lists above, but not the actual pick, search for it on Etsy. You’ll love the selection!
- I also recommend visiting Jane.com. They carry boutique items in just about every category you can think of. This is a daily deals site, so if you see something you like, I recommend snatching it up; popular items sell quickly.
Tip: Be sure to read the reviews for sizing and quality. Sometimes items look cute, but don’t get good reviews. Or, the items come in limited sizes.
No matter who is on your list, when you shop, or what you buy, I hope these tips and ideas help you experience the joy of giving.
Wishing you a joyful holiday season,