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Giving is my absolute favorite thing about the holidays. I love finding the perfect gift for each of my family members and friends — it is so special when you figure out what they would love! There are SO many options when it comes to gifts to give this holiday season, so I wanted to give you all a few ideas, in case you were struggling. Keep in mind: there will be amazing sales all month long, so when you know what you want to give, search for a deal! Here are a few gifts to give this holiday season:
Clean Beauty Products
Some of my favorite clean and cruelty-free brands include Pacifica, Lush and Native. These all have gift sets typically during the holidays that are a great value and make great gifts or stocking stuffers.
A Soft Blanket
Who doesn’t love a good blanket? I know I can’t get enough of soft cozy blankets. There are two companies that stand out to me: Willaby and Saranoni. Both have awesome sales going on during the holiday season, too. Saranoni sells luxury blankets that are made from special fabric that is custom knit to ensure they are incredibly comfy, fluffy, plush and comfortable. On the other hand, Willaby prides themselves on soft, timeless, and sustainable, ethically made gauze products, including blankets. Their products (such as their washable rugs) are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton and they are a zero waste company too!
A Service That They Need
Think about the person that you are gifting. Is there anything they need? For example, if they are moving, you might want to consider giving them cash or a gift card toward the moving company that they are using. If you are choosing a moving company for a gift card, check out New Age Moving Co. if you are in the Chicago, IL area. They are professional Chicago piano movers and extend out to the Midwest and the surrounding areas. They do more than piano moving, though! They do residential, commercial, and labor-only moves. If you want to give your family member or friend something to help with their move, you could always check out their moving services. New Age Moving Co. has many reviews (Great!) and they pride themselves on offering customer-focused service and competitive prices. The owner, Armand Gasbarro, holds his employees to the highest standards of value, offering amazing service and a stress-free experience to their customers.
Material things are great and all, but there is nothing better in life than a good memory of time spent with family, friends, and loved ones. Many times a memory will last longer than a material thing anyway! One of the greatest parts about gifting an experience is that it can be as inexpensive as a local hike or a couple of movie tickets, or as extravagant as a vacation with the family to another state or country when it’s safe to do so. You can make your gift unique and personal by picking an experience that is special for the person you are giving it to, such as a cooking subscription or a cooking class for a friend who loves to cook, or piano lessons for your friend who has been wanting to learn to play an instrument. Not only will the gift be meaningful, but the memories will last a lifetime. Kayaking on the Chicago River is a blast!
A Gift That Goes Beyond Just Benefiting Them
There are so many gifts that give back and I feel like every single year, there are even more options! For example, originally, the trend used to be supporting or “adopting” an animal in need. Now, there are still those great gift options, but there are also gift options that can benefit other charities around the world. For example, Toms has donated over 60 million pairs of shoes with its buy a pair, give a pair program. That means that for every pair you give during Christmastime, that is one pair of shoes that is given to someone in need.
Memories aren’t the only gifts that last longer than Christmas day. If you want to give something that won’t be tossed into the pile of short-lived excitement, try a gift that keeps on giving, or something that will continue to be a gift or surprise even after it is opened once! Subscription services are a wonderful example of this, and there are so many to choose from! If you have a loved one who is very stressed out, consider a weekly or monthly massage subscription. For your friend who loves to cook, a food subscription would be very valued! For your girls (or guys) who love wine, check out some wine subscription services. There is something for everyone!
What sort of gifts are you shopping for this year?
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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