2020 Meaningful Gift Giving Guide
Don’t give gifts because you were told to or because it's what you should do. Give gifts with the intent to show appreciation, encouragement, and love. I believe when we give in a meaningful and intentional way, we end up filling our own cup as well. I want to help you think of 10 types of people in your life and how you should approach gift giving for them. We hope these ideas inspire you this season.
#1. The one who works (from home, thanks 2020)
Think of items that will make their work day easier or more enjoyable. If they love to get coffee on their way to work usually, create a coffee at home basket. If you know they love electronics, look for a standing desk from Amazon.
Eloise Career Resources (online course and resources on website)
Coffee Subscription Box or Coffee Shop at Home Basket (milk frother, syrup, coffee, coffee scoop)
The Zoom Kit - ring light, timer, Stars Above Lounge pants or Lou & Grey Joggers, candle, Blue light glasses
#2. The one who doesn’t want anything
or doesn’t know what they want
Go with something they will find useful like a portable charger or go with something custom that reflects their hobbies like a stadium blueprint.
Pick a subscription box that allows them to try new products. For men, try Carnivore Box. For women, take a look at these box recommendations from Harper’s Bazaar.
portable charger with cords or 3 in 1 wireless charger
Andar Wallet (RFID protected super slim wallet for men so no more bulky wallets while hiking)
For the sports lover, look at getting them their Favorite Team’s Newspaper Book or a Wooden Stadium Wall Art
#3. The one who has everything or is picky about everything!
For this type of person you want to look for items that can be personalized, items that are sentimental, acts of service, or help them experience something they love.
Davis Mann & Co Salon (or high end salon) for high end hair products or a blow out
West & Willow Pet Portraits for your pet lover
Quality tote bag or Splash proof beach bag or Bogg beach tote
Let them make their own scent by creating their own candle at home or in-store at Auburn Candle Co
Recipe binder of family recipes or recipes you know they can make
Create a yearbook from their social media pictures or phone from Artifact Uprising
Outdoor space heater for all the at-home nights
#4. The one who takes care of everyone else
For this type of person you have to think of items they would never buy for themselves but would love when they got them. Appreciation and acts of service mean a lot to these types of people.
A mini shopping spree at a local shop like Studio 319
Gift Certificate for a car wash and detail
For the sleep deprived mama - a gift certificate to Magnolia Families for Pediatric Sleep and Wellbeing Consulting (highly recommend!)
Dinner from Cup & Saucer or a local to-go caterer
Memory Foam Slippers or Toms Slippers (Eloise’s Favorite)
Coordinate Collection jewelry can be personalized to a place that is special to your recipient
Gift Card to a facial at DermaLab because they deserve some pampering
Digitize their old family videos or photos - LegacyBox
Weighted blanket to relief stress and anxiety
Crafting Organization Cart for the one who loves to craft in their precious spare time
#5. The one who likes to chill
This could be the gal who enjoys wine or pampering herself. This could also be the guy who likes to enjoy movies outside with a cigar. Or it can be the friend who loves to read with a candle.
Bath Bomb Set and Lumispa face massager from The Blue Lark
The Reader Basket: Library Scented Candle or Old Books Candle from Auburn Candle Co + book + Library Card Mug and Matching Socks
Humidor for cigars with their initials engraved
#6. The one who is never home or rather be elsewhere
This person would rather have items that they can take on the go like weekender bags, technology for the car, or something for the outdoors.
Shop at Studio Style for workout and active clothing
Audible Subscription for those in the car or on the run all the time
Custom City Necklace for their favorite city or place to visit
A mini photo album from their past travels from Artifact Uprising (get a discount with our link!)
You can find a Weekender Bag at all price points from Amazon for him and her. Everlane has a nice one for men.
#7. The one who loves home
Home has been the focus this year. Give gifts to the homebody that will help them to continue enjoying their home. That may be a tool for guy or a candle from Auburn Candle Co.
Gift an hour of getting things done at home! Abide Home Solutions will come to your home and hang drapes, TVs, and pictures or help you get your home organized.
Go shop local at home and accessory stores. We love Tori Brinson Design - Home & Vine and Southern Crossing for Dough bowl candles and fun accessories
Framed picture of their new home or the home they left- Take a picture of their new home, download the Sketch Master App, upload the picture to the app and pick your filter. Print off your new sketched photo and frame it! I love the frames from Target and Artifact Uprising! Or order a custom home illustration from Polished Penny.
Return Address Self-inking Stamp from Etsy
#8. The ones who are together
We have been thinking of gifts for couples who might be spending more time at home together than traveling or going out. For inspiration, think of the things they like to do together or have in common. Maybe its hiking, eating, moving watching, their pets.
Couples Foot Massages (we love Silk Massage in Auburn, AL)
Cocktail kit from B&B so they can enjoy a fun drink together at home
A night of babysitting if they need to get out of the house!
#9. The ones who are little (and need to get off their screens)
I think we have all met our quota on screen time this year. We are focusing on gifts that will get kids playing pretend, playing outside or learning.
Gift the gift of art from home! The Art Studio has art boxes and an online subscription.
Air tent only needs a box fan to build and folds up to the size of a pair of pants!
If you are looking for non-electronic toys, look at Southern Crossing + All Aboard at Southern Crossing for toys that encourage imagination and learning
Acrylic Kids Game Boards for kids in the car a lot
Give the Lego Advent Calendar early so that the surprises last throughout the season
Customize a book to the child’s name. Wonderbly has great custom book options. Or you can purchase Joanna Gaines new book.
#10. The one who loves food and drink
There are always so many kitchen gadgets and we don’t want to add to the clutter but think of one item that they could use. Or possibly a meat subscription or delivery box to get their culinary juice flowing.
A DaySpring gift card would give your food lover an organic shopping spree to buy food, supplements, teas, and spices
The Grazer Co. creates highly styled charcuterie boards to go
Recipe card with a recipe and the pot or utensil needed to make the item
Citrus Presser (did someone say orange crush?)
We hope the guide above has served as inspiration for you and sparked some good ideas for the people in your life that that you are struggling to buy for this year. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, @eloisedesignco, to participate in the 12 Days of Giveaways beginning December 1. Merry Christmas!