Let’s face it, some years are easier than others when it comes to doing holiday shopping. Make this year a cinch with our guide to finding the perfect present for everyone on your list. Whether you want to spend a lot or a little, we’ve rounded up some of the most clever (heartfelt) gifts around. Happy shopping!
1. For Your In-Laws Who Always Help Out With the Kids
They’ve already raised their kids, but there isn’t a chance they don’t jump at to help with yours—so yeah, they deserve a break. Instead of trying to find them each something that you think they’d be interested in, get them something they can enjoy together. A gift certificate for a new restaurant they’ve been wanting to try or a couple’s massage is perfect for your in-laws. Not only will they get to spend time together, they’ll get a chance to unwind, which is exactly what you want them to do.
2. For Your Neighbor Who Watches Your Dog & Gets Your Mail When You’re Out of Town
If you’ve got the time—and the skills—to whip up a batch of impressive holiday cookies, by all means, go for it. But if you’re like most people (busy beyond belief during the month of December!), take the easy-but-still-thoughtful route and buy them a yummy basket full of treats or a festive pie from your local bakeshop. (Bonus: Maybe you’ll get invited over for a slice!)
3. For Your Babysitter Who Helps You Out More Than She Knows
What do you get the woman who sings your child silly songs and makes her healthy lunches each day while you’re at work? The person who makes your hectic life just a little bit easier?Something that’s all about her, of course. Treat your sitter to a super cozy cardigan or a pretty tote that you know she’d love, but would never splurge on for herself. (Isn’t that the point of gifts, after all?)
4. For Your Child’s Totally Adored Preschool Teacher
Here’s something your child’s teacher doesn’t want: School supplies or anything that’s teacher-themed. (They do have lives outside of school, you know.) For a gift that covers anything and everything she could possibly want, go with a gift card to a big-box store like Target. Because, seriously, who couldn’t use that?
5. For Your Mom, Who Always Knows the Perfect Thing to Say
What do you get the woman who birthed you, raised you, and has been your biggest cheerleader from day one? A trip, course! No need to book anything elaborate, but a weekend away to a winery or even a day trip to a cute town nearby is sure to be a winner with mom. After all, what could be better than time to bond with her baby?
6. For Your Coworker Who’s Always Got Your Back
Coworker gifts aren’t exactly expected, but if you want to show one of your work besties that all the awesome things she does don’t go unnoticed, a nice bottle of wine will do the trick perfectly. Cheers to spreadsheets!
7. For Your Brother-In-Law Who’s Vowed to Get in Shape Next Year
Of course you love your bro-in-law just the way he is, but he’s been talking about starting a fitness routine since you first met him years ago. Help him take the leap by signing him up for a CrossFit class. And hey, you never know, you just might get roped in yourself when you’re registering him. Or, at least, learn what the heck a burpie is.
8. For Your Niece Who’s All About Princesses, Unicorns, and Sparkles
Instead of grabbing the first pink, glittery thing you see while you’re out shopping, try going a little more unique. Scour Etsy for something like a handmade pillow or doll house that, yes, has sparkles, but that no one else will have.
9. For Your Partner Who Deserves Your Gratitude
Everyone gets caught-up in their everyday lives, so it’s not always easy to stop and tell your partner how much he or she means to you. Go big this season by showering the love of your life with a gift that keeps on giving. Subscription gifts have come a long way in the past few years, so pick your partner’s very favorite thing—coffee, beer, podcasts, clothing—and hook them up with a monthly membership they can enjoy all year long.