The best gifts (which have nothing to do with price) transcend far above the physical item being given; their uniqueness, meaning and fun are rooted in the reason why the gift was chosen. It could represent a precious memory with a living or deceased loved one; it could be the physical manifestation of a moment; it could be something funny, based on an inside joke.
There are typically three categories people consider when they’re searching for a gift: meaningful gifts, budget gifts and clutter-free gifts. Sometimes a gift can even be all three.
While this wide range of gift options opens up a world of possibilities, it can also leave you feeling catatonic when it comes to finding the right gifts for your loved ones.
That’s why we’ve created this ultimate list of meaningful holiday gift ideas, budget-friendly gift ideas and clutter-free gift ideas to help you find the best gift for your loved ones.
Meaningful holiday gift ideas
While only you can know the intimate details of the root of your gift, there are many different ways you can channel a moment, memory or humorous instance into a gift.
A photo album of your best memories
A “scrapbook” of short letters and mementos
Best friend jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, rings)
Personalized leather photo keychain
A mixtape USB drive with a sentimental playlist
Engraved jewelry, watches or a compass
Personalized star map (a map of what the night sky looked like at an exact time and place)
A locket (which is still charming to this day)
A personalized candle (you can have your friend’s name on the label and create a scent with the description being their best qualities)
Handmade friend or romantic vouchers (depending on the loved one)
The truth is, any gift that you put genuine thought into and love behind is going to be meaningful, no matter what the actual gift is.
Budget gift ideas
Whether you’re on a tight budget or are simply being more conscious of your spending this year, there are plenty of great gifts you can find for more-than-reasonable prices.
Small-to-medium-sized kitchen gadgets (waffle makers, small air fryers and crockpots)
A gift card to their favorite coffee shop
DIY home spa kit (think face and foot masks, an exfoliator scrub, bath salts or bubble bath)
Mini fridge (you might be surprised how many people want this)
Card or board game that brings people closer together
Popcorn kit for an epic movie night
Gourmet pack (such as one for coffee, hot sauce or syrup)
Bluetooth speaker (consider a waterproof one for the friend who loves to listen to music in the shower)
Some form of exercise accessories (affordable options include earbuds, a yoga mat, a foam roller, ankle weights or stretch bands)
Himalayan salt lamp or essential oil diffuser
Shopping for holiday gifts on a budget doesn’t have to mean cheap or low quality, and it certainly doesn’t mean that sentimentality is lacking. In many cases, the simplest gifts are often the ones that mean the most to us.
Clutter-free gift ideas
One of the most commonly wondered and searched questions at this time of year is that of what do you get someone who has “everything?” While no one truly has everything, many people reach a place in their lives where they don’t need anything, and in those instances, gift shopping can be a little more challenging; here are 10 clutter-free gift ideas to spark your inspiration.
Tickets to see a movie, play, concert or sporting event
A gift card to their favorite store
Luxury spa day
Day pass to an amusement or water park
Travel voucher, night or weekend away
Pass or membership to a place or activity they love
Snacks, treats and flowers
Subscription to music, audiobook, video, magazine or food prep service
Classes to a hobby or passion they’ve been wanting to pursue
Ask your loved one directly what gift they would love to have this year
These options are a great way to get you headed in the right direction. Whether you’re struggling to come up with an idea for someone because they have “everything,” are late to Christmas shopping this year or simply want to give a more experience-centered gift.
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