Tis’ the Season: Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Gift Giving Guide

December is here and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The holiday season is in full-effect and you’re probably trying to figure just what to get the people in your life. You’ve probably gotten a long list from your kids or spouse, but what about your extended family members, neighbors, co-workers, clients, or employees? Well, our gift giving guide is here to help you. Giving gifts is a great way to show people that you appreciate them. A gift doesn’t have to be lavish and expensive; it just has to come from the heart.

Out with the new, in with the old…

Gift Giving Guide

This gift giving guide isn’t about the hottest toys of 2015, but it’s about helping you think outside of the box when it comes to giving great gifts. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving your family the latest toys and gadgets, but maybe you can try to introduce the kiddos to the toys of your generation. Substitute that Xbox One for an Atari, Super Nintendo, or Sega Genesis/Saturn. And instead of buying a Nintendo DS pull that Game Boy out of your parent’s attic or purchase one along with some games on eBay. These vintage gaming systems aren’t just great gifts for the kids, but your spouse, siblings, and friends will enjoy them as well. They will evoke a sense of nostalgia, and before you know it you’ll be arguing with your sibling or significant other over whose turn it is, just like the good ole days. It’s a gift everyone can enjoy and the kids just might develop a new found appreciation for today’s technology.

Other than vintage gaming systems, think about gifting vintage board games. Maybe your kids have played monopoly on their phones, but that’s nothing compared to the actual board game. You remember what it felt like to collect that monopoly money after someone landed on your Atlantic City Boardwalk property, and you had a hotel on it! You can’t get that kind of feeling through an app. There are other “oldie but goodie” games out there that would make optimal gifts: Sorry, Trouble, Operation, Twister, Clue, Guess Who, Life, Chutes and Ladders, the list goes on and on.

Customized Gifts

Have any friends who love coffee? Give them a customized coffee mug; add some pizzazz to it to match their personality and style, like a picture or their favorite quote. Watch the video above to learn how to create a DIY personalized mug. You can even surprise them with a new specialty coffee subscription. Is your husband or wife crazy about the Atlanta, Falcons or another NFL team? Get them a customized jersey, hoodie, or t-shirt. Think about adding personal touches to your gifts. For example, you can engrave jewelry, jewelry boxes, snow globes, ornaments, money clips, wine and beer glasses, and more. These types of personalized gifts make great holiday presents because they are completely sentimental and they’re great for everyone, no matter the age or gender.

Those around You

When creating your gift shopping list don’t forget about people outside of your family and friends, like your garbage collectors, mail carriers, neighbors, employees, clients, landscapers, nannies, dog walkers, and the children and families who may not have much. Check out this Forbes End-of-Year Tipping Guide to see what’s appropriate to gift the people who do so much for you. Also, you can make a donation to Toys for Tots, The Salvation Army, Hosea Helps (formally known as Hosea Feed the Hungry), and other local and national charities. It’s a blessing to be able to give, so give all that you can, even if it’s just a card. Let people know that you love and appreciate them.

Don’t let the holiday season and gift giving stress you out, check out our guide on How to Survive the Holidays. What are your favorite vintage or personalized gifts? Let us know your gift ideas; we would love to share them!


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Crystal Castleberry is a graduate student at Kennesaw State University and a Social Media and Writing Intern at Nao Media. Growing up right outside of Atlanta, she was raised on good southern values. She lives her life to please God; walking by faith and knowing that only he can lead her in the right direction. She enjoys blogging about fashion and interior design.