If you’re anything like me, you’re not particularly on the ball when it comes to holiday gifts. Last year I even put together a procrastinator’s gift guide.
Listen, I always have the best of intentions but the holidays blast by faster than a freight train.
This year I have a plan. I’m stocking up on affordable gifts at the start of the season. Grab and go!
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The main categories of gifts I find I need are:
- hostess gifts,
- gifts for people who got me something unexpectedly,
- teacher gifts,
- office party gifts (aka Secret Santa),
- and yankee swap gifts (White Elephant if you live outside of the northeast).
Most of these suggestions meet several or all of these needs.
I know, I know, trite. But trite for a reason! Candles are beloved by almost all and aren’t gender specific. I rounded up a few of my favorites in this post if you want ideas.
If you want to be extra cautious, go for unscented but super pretty, or fairly subtle, neutral, or seasonal scents like lavender, sage, or balsam. Worst case? So easy for the recipient to regift.
Classic and also trending thanks to Trader Joe’s (apparently their $13 olive wood serving boards are next to impossible to get your hands on). Luckily these are abundantly available online. The perfect hostess gift, especially if you add a jar of fancy preserves or a bottle of olive oil. Better yet? Assemble a charcuterie on the board and bring it to the party. A two for one gift!
It’s the coziest time of year and there’s nothing more comforting than a brand new pair of cuddly socks. Bind a festively patterned set with some jute and a sprig of evergreen and you’re in business. Keep a bunch of these bundles on hand and grab as needed.
These cuties are a bit of a splurge, but if you’re gifting these to a true sock lover? I think they’re worth it!
So useful but most people don’t actually have these! Great for kids small hands and oh so fancy for when your friend or coworker entertains. Bring a set as a hostess gift and you’ll be winning the holidays.
I just bought this set (on major clearance right now) and the matching spoons and they’ve turned into the most used flatware in our house!
A Local Gourmet Food Item
Whether it’s honey, maple sugar candy, or really good olive oil, I bet there’s something your region is known for. Find out what it is and keep a few on hand for those last minute gift wrapping parties or your neighbor’s impromptu open house.
Always needed and always needing to be replaced. There are some really beautiful options for not very much money. Especially good for a house warming or if you’re invited to Thanksgiving or Christmas at someone else’s house. People go through hand towls like water during a party.
And that’s it! I’m working on my stockpile right now. Do you ever do anything like this? I’d love to hear what you’d add to this list!