When I give a gift, I give a darn gift. I take holiday shopping for the people in my life very seriously. To be completely honest, I love it even more than getting presents. The key is to find the thing that the person doesn’t even know they need. That way you have items that they will never expect, but will use all year ’round. How do I find the best foolproof holiday gifts, you ask? I do extensive extensive research. Basically, I buy for myself.
Okay, so that sounds bad, but it’s true. The best gifts are the ones that you stumble upon out of thin air that make your life better. I like to look at my life and see the things that I want — not that I need. What gadgets make your life easier? Made you feel better? That you’re lucky that you have? Those are the ones that make the best gifts.
Of course, not all of your friends and family like the same things that you do. There are three foolproof holiday gifts that are guaranteed to be winners for anyone on your list. Just start with one of the items and personalize it for the person. It’s truly that simple.
Before I jump into the foolproof holiday gifts that you’re waiting for, let me make one thing clear. You can’t just buy these exact items and go. You need to put in some work and personalize them to fit the person in your life. After all, anyone can buy a gift card, but there’s something special about nailing the perfect present.
1. Their Own Personal Bible
No, I’m not talking about the holy one. I’m talking about the one that has everything they want to know about their favorite things. To some, that might mean a book about cars. To others, that might mean a book about vegan foods. It all depends on the personal, so you’ll want to study up on their hobbies. Or, you know, just ask them. Because if you slip it in a conversation, they still won’t know what you’ve bought them.
For me, this book is Slow Beauty by Shel Pink. This isn’t just your average beauty book. It has everything from how to make your beauty routine more meaningful and goals to set yourself to recipes for quick meals and muddled water. Even when I read this entire thing front to back, I will be coming back to it constantly. That’s how you know it’s good.
This is something that isn’t seasonal. A good book stays by your side throughout the entire year. If you get it right, this will be one meaningful gift that they’ll have for a while.
2. A Comfy Blanket
Personally, I think this is the most underrated gift of all time. That could just be because I’m a homebody, I suppose. It’s something so simple that every single person uses at some point in their life. If not to cuddle, then to sit out and look nice when people come over. I truly believe that you can tell a lot from a person by what kind of blankets are in their house.
In2Green’s Eco Friendly Chunky Cable Throw is probably my favorite blanket as of lately. It is expensive, but it’s made of all recycled yarns and made by a small group of women. I love finding little niche brands like this, but there is a practical and fun brand for anyone that you’re shopping for. You just have to put enough though into it.
3. Felix Gray Glasses
I know what you’re thinking, but stay with me on this one. You don’t have to have an eye prescription for this gift. Heck, even someone with 20/20 eyesight will benefit from this. Felix Gray makes glasses that protect your eyes from blue light, which comes form every single screen. Whether you’re shopping for someone who works on the computer, is on their phone a lot, or just likes the look of glasses, you’re golden.
The brand was nice enough to send me over a pair to try out. I always thought that I didn’t have the right eye prescription, but it turns out I just didn’t have the right glasses. I spend a lot of time on my computer, as a writer, and my headaches are completely gone. They might get weird looks when they unwrap glasses at first, but they will thank you later.
I hope this little list helps with your holiday shopping. All of the items can be used all throughout the year and will genuinely make life better. You’re going to spend the money anyways, so you might as well make it worth it.