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!




Eloise Career Workbooks


Swell Snack Container (hot or cold)


1-year Subscription to Amazon Prime




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 




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 



Personal Branding for Professionals Course


Leather Portfolio Case


Customized Leather Padfolio 


Personalized Stationery from Etsy Shops (Lola Louie Paperie)


Personalized Stationary from Minted.com




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





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





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 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






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 







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






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






Custom Car Sketch from Etsy.com


Grill Smoker Gift Set




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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