If you are not careful you may find that gift giving during the holiday season may become more of a chore than something that is done with cheer and joy. We can at times develop a bit of angst trying to determine exactly who we should give a gift to and most importantly what we should actually give. The question I get most often is how to do just that. Well I’ve got a few tips on how to approach gift giving with grace and style.
First off, if you haven't yet, it's best to start off by making a list of just who you’d like to give a gift to. Next narrow down your list to what is most realistic for your budget and your lifestyle. By lifestyle I mean keep in mind your purpose should be to express your appreciation and heartfelt consideration towards the recipient. Think of close family members and friends. You will also want to include, individuals who have helped you throughout the year such as your housekeeper, baby sitter, personal trainer, hairstylist and more. Be sure to include any gift exchanges for coworkers and a gift for the hostess whose party you will attend. Finally, take your time and think of the specific type of gift that would best match each recipient. Your gift should be something that they would enjoy, take interest in or complement their lifestyle.
Below I have selected some great gift ideas that will fit for the various individuals in your life. They are both stylish and thoughtful which is a winning combination for gift giving this holiday season. Cheers!
Holiday Tipping Gift Ideas
Your goal is to tip people who have been of service to help you throughout the year. Rather than hand over cash, think of something special that will give your babysitter, housekeeper, manicurist a bit of a luxury experience.
Diptyque Mini Candles help set the mood for relaxation and a stylish atmosphere at work or home. Diptique at Nordstrom
Deborah Lippman Jazz Standards Glam Rock Nail Color Duo A chic way to jazz up their holiday look with celebrity style. Deborah Lippman at Nordstrom
Gifts for Your Co-worker
Do not give gifts that are personal in nature ,such as perfume, cologne, or bath sets. Choose something that is useful in nature without being offensive.
Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag This is great for holding candy on your desk that is unique and inviting. http://www.fredandfriends.com/
Built NY Orgami Style Wine Tote Use it for taking water to work during the day and wine when spending time with friends by night. http://www.builtny.com/
Hostess Gift Ideas
Give the host something they can use to help simplify their hosting duties for future parties.
Savora Ice Cream Scoop and Garlic Press For the desert lover or the foodie. http://www.savorastyle.com/
Personal Creations Stoneware Casserole Dish Personalize the dish with the host’s name or the name of their ‘claim to fame’ dish. http://gifts.personalcreations.com/gifts/Stoneware-Casserole-Dishes-30054603
Gifts for Your Overnight Guests
A little advance planning can go a long way and leave a lasting impression. Simple elegant touches can help you make your guest feel less of a burden and more at home.
Debra Valencia Bath Set with matching carry case A stylish take-home gift for your guest that is small enough to fit in carry-on luggage when they leave. Shop Debra Valencia
Sesame Ultimate Unwind Gift Set Gives the 5-star treatment that your guest can take home. www.sesamegifts.com