2019 Meaningful Gift Giving

December 3, 2019

 

Gift giving … it can be fun and special. But it can also become stressful when you want to buy for many different people and you can’t think of something special for each person on your list. 

 

We find SO much joy in finding meaningful gifts for others, wrapping them, and then seeing them open them. The joy of seeing others happy and touched is priceless.

 

We see gift-giving as a way to foster a relationship. And it makes us realize how well we know someone as we try and find the perfect gift. I am convicted by this each year. Knowing I have not done a good enough job fostering relationships and knowing what is happening in others’ lives. 

 

We have created this blog post out of love for giving to others. We want to help you give in a meaningful way and foster relationships through giving. Some of our gift ideas are wrapped gifts, some are acts of service, and some are highly personalized. 

 

 

Before we list all of our favorites this year, read through

our tips and tricks to make this holiday season easier. 

 

TIP #1:

Keep a list on your phone throughout the year of anything you learn about someone. That they love their dog. That they are really into a specific podcast or author. That they love a specific brand, store, or restaurant. That they love getting pedicures once a month. That they said they need or want something. Whatever it is, record it. Then when it is time to give, you are ready to buy and won’t be stressed about what to get them. 

(This will also end up saving you money because you will buy intentionally)

 

TIP #2:

If you haven’t recorded anything, ask yourself 3 questions. 

  1. What does the person do professionally and personally?

  2. What does the person talk about?

  3. What does the person enjoy or love?

 

TIP #3:

And if you are still stumped, have a conversation with your gift recipient. 

Afterall, gift-giving should foster relationships. 

  1. How is school or work? What are you doing at work/school?

  2. What have you been up to outside of work/school? (Where do you go in your free time?)

  3. What are you loving lately? (movies, books, music, brands, podcasts, etc.)

 

TIP #4:

Once you have thought though who your gift recipient is, think about the type of gift to give. These are the 4 genres I usually find myself giving. 

  1. Something to read or learn (book, subscription, lessons)

  2. Something to play with (toy, electronic, sports-related, crafts, music-related)

  3. Something to wear (clothes, shoes, or accessories) 

  4. Something to do (restaurant, concert, show, exercise class, movies, event, workshop)

 

TIP #5:

I usually pick 1-2 theme gifts for the year. Last year my theme was books and candles. This helps to give meaningful gifts by customizing the gift to the person but simplifying the search. 

 

Other easy theme gifts:

Candles, earrings, face masks, books, wine/liquor, framed pictures, personalized stationery

 

 

Now you are ready to shop, but where? Here are a few places we are shopping this year. 

 

  1. Books and More: www.amazon.com

  2. Photo Gifts: www.artifactuprising.com

  3. Customized and Special Gifts: www.etsy.com

  4. Pretty Things: www.papersource.com

  5. Different and Unique Gifts: www.uncommongoods.com and www.thegrommet.com

  6. Quality Personalized Gifts: www.markandgraham.com

  7. Local Boutiques and shops: www.wrapsodyonline.com and www.southerncrossingopelika.com

  8. Minimalist Jewelry: https://shopejd.com/

  9. Target, World Market, and TJ Maxx 

  10. Subscription-Based businesses 

12 Different Types of People In Your Life

 

We have identified 12 different types of people that you may know in your life. We didn’t do The mom, The man, The girlfriend, The parent, etc. We chose to go a different route because people like @chrislovesjulia create awesome Gift Guides already. We decided to create types based on what people are experiencing in life. Happy gifting!

THE STUDENT

 

 

Eloise Career Workbooks

 

Swell Snack Container (hot or cold)

 

1-year Subscription to Amazon Prime

 

Lapdesk 

 

A framed quote: I love finding a quote, printing it off on my printer or at a local printer and then framing it in a pretty frame from Artifact Uprising. Inexpensive but thoughtful. 

 

Smart Back Pack

 

A Nice Bag to Replace the Backpack as They Enter the Industry:

The Dagne Dover Tote with Compartments

Tote Bag from Target (get it customized with their initial)

Men’s Laptop Bag from Etsy

 

Low on $$$: gift cards to place they like but don’t have money to go to

Local Restaurant gift card (The Hound) and Gas gift card

 

Tired from the semester: spa package or massage 

 

Homesick Candles for the Student Who Is Far From Home 

THE PROFESSIONAL

 

 

Ember Mug - Temperature Controlled from your phone!

 

Corkcicle Lunch Tote

 

Lunch Box for a Man

 

Mini Business card holder + Gift Card for Personalized Mini Business Cards

 

Customized Leather Business Card Holders

 

Book on Networking or Personal Development: See our Pinterest Board: Meaning Gift Giving for lists of books

 

Tech Cord Organizer

 

Travel Cord Organizer from UnCommon Goods

 

Travel Bags

 

Travel Toiletries from brands they love

 

Customized Luggage Tags from Etsy

 

To Do List - Sticky Notes (stocking stuffer) 

 

Healthy snack subscription box = Graze 

THE JOB SEEKER

 

Personal Branding for Professionals Course

 

Leather Portfolio Case

 

Customized Leather Padfolio 

 

Personalized Stationery from Etsy Shops (Lola Louie Paperie)

 

Personalized Stationary from Minted.com

THE HOMEBODY OR DECORATOR OR HOSTESS

 

 

Hand Squeezed Juicer for a Fun Drink Bar

 

Pretty Serving Dishes (match their style - wood, white, silver, ornate, etc.)

 

Appetizer or Cocktail Mixers from Local Brands

 

Personalized Home Bar Items

 

Mixology Set

 

Personalized Wood Recipe Board

 

Homebody Shirt

 

Hearth & Hand Candles from Target - Cedar Magnolia

 

Oliver Henry Candle Co. (based on Opelika, AL)

 

Wine Subscription

 

 

THE NEW HOMEOWNER / THE PERSON WHO JUST MOVED

 

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!

 

Home town or Alma Mater Custom Sketch for Home

 

Homesick Candle to Remind them of Home

 

Bluetooth Keyless Entry

 

THE WOMAN WHO NEEDS TO PAMPER HERSELF

 

 

Farmgirl Flowers

 

Scalp Revival Therapy

 

Shower Steamers 

 

Spa Gift Card from a Local Spa

Or Foot Massage from a Local Foot Massage Spa

 

Essential Oil Eye Mask with Sound Machine

 

Book: Stretched Too Thin by Jessica Turner

 

Book: When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley

 

Slippers: Toms Slippers (Eloise's Favorites)

 

Beanie with Interchangeable Pom Poms from Anthropologie

 

Emma Jane Designs - Simple Jewelry Pieces with Meaning

 

Costume Earrings by Beth Ladd Collections

 

Agate Rock Pop Sockets

 

Fleece Lined Pants by Fancy Crush 

 

THE COUPLE

 

 

The Dating Couple

The Adventure Challenge - Couples Edition

 

The Engaged or Newly Married Couple

They have so many photos from their engagement and wedding -

Look at Artifact Uprising or Snap Fish  or www.minted.com for customized photo gifts

 

The Married Couple

Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit

 

The Couple with Kids

 

Give them a date night: gift card + free babysitting

 

Date Night Box

 

THE FAMILY (includes kid gifts)

 

 

 

Personalized Calendar  or Gift Card for one

 

Oversized Games

 

A Map of Memories

 

Gathre Mat - for little ones

 

Games for the whole family - LCR

 

Backpack Cooler

 

The Adventure Challenge - Family Edition
 

 

THE ONE WHO HAS EVERYTHING

 

 

 

Ember Mug - Temperature Controlled from your phone!

 

Birthday and Anniversary Organizer - great for grandparents!

 

New York Times Front Page Birthday Book

 

Farmgirl Fresh Wreath

 

Smart Device Charging Station

 

AWAY luggage

 

Look at Mark & Graham for nice gifts

 

Return Address Stamp (self-inking)

 

THE CONSCIOUS ONE: Body, Mind, and Earth

 

 

 

Body & Health Conscious

 

Self-Hem Leggings (for the short people!)

 

Organic Coffee Subscription

 

Healthy Snack Subscription Box - Like Graze

 

 

Earth Conscious

 

Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Humidifier

 

Make a Zero Waste Kit or buy one (include reusable straws, silverware, and cup)

 

Reusable Stainless Steel Straws

 

Grove.com Home Products 

 

 

THE AVID LEARNER / THE SMARTY PANTS

 

 

 

Trivia Game with Amazon Alexa

 

Personalized Book Stamp/Embosser

 

Audible Subscription

 

Reading Bundle: Book light + Kindle Gift Card or Book + Customize Bookmark

 

New book - check out book guides on Pinterest Board

 

Leather bookmark or corner page bookmark

 

Customized Metal Book Mark

 

THE PET LOVER

 

 

 

Fi Smart Collar (GPS)

 

The Foggy Dog: Cute Dog Accessories, Collars, and Beds

 

Mark and Graham: Customized dog sweater

 

DIY Blankets

Go to sam’s club and get there big super soft blankets. They have Christmas themed ones right now, but also lots of different other colors. It is way cheaper than buying actual “dog” blankets.

 

Jar or Bucket of Treats:

ShutterFly Jar 

TJ Maxx - they always have good dog treat canisters, bones, and toys

 

Barkbox Subscription

 

Purchased Dog Bandana

 

DIY dog bandana for the holidays or their owner’s favorite sports team

 

THE GUY WHO SAYS HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE WANTS

 

 

 

Custom Car Sketch from Etsy.com

 

Grill Smoker Gift Set

 

EZGAUGE Tool

 

Dollar Shave Club Subscription

 

Other Men’s Subscriptions:

Birch Box - for the guy who won't buy himself nice toiletries 

 

Harrys.com - for the groomer

 

Sports Stadium Blueprint

 

Monogrammed Custom Socks

 

Bluetooth Headphone Beanies

 

Monogrammed Leather Sunglass Strap

 

Smart Wool Socks

More gifts can be found on our Pinterest Board

 

 

 

 

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