Sunday, December 09, 2007

Christmas gifts ideas...

What do you give to people who have everything? I sit here pondering what to give to my mom, dad, grandma, and DH. It's so hard because the truth is they have everything they could need. Plus they can probably afford most items they would want.

So buying them gifts is difficult. I am not a person to buy clothes for anyone other than my DH. Why? Because you don't really know what size they are unless you see them all the time and have shopped with them. For me seeing my family once a year makes that a bad idea.

Next because I live so far, I have to worry about shipping issues. I can't just send large, bulky items, or super heavy items. So what are some gifts I do?

I've done magazine subscriptions for people. For my mom I've done Money Magazine and People for my grandma. But my mom doesn't actually read Money, so I've cancelled it this.

My best option has been gift certificates for manicures/pedicures or restaurants. I know they enjoy these two things and would go anyway, so it saves them money. What are other ideas people have?

Right now I have to get DH a birthday present and Christmas present. I think I'm getting him a took and maybe sunglasses.

I guess this is what bothers me, trying to buy Christmas presents people don't hate and find useful and not a dustcatcher.


Fabulously Broke in the City said...

I can only think of services (spas, what have you)

Or your own services to offer your time to help them organize their photos that sort of thing

Or cooking a huge dinner as a special treat for them (redeemable kind of personal coupon)

Umm... or making them something?

frugal zeitgeist said...

How about a donation to their favorite charity?

Living Almost Large said...

I suggested that on a message board once and was told it was a bad gift idea!

frugal zeitgeist said...

I guess it depends on the recipient, but I think it's great. The guy I was dating last year and I did that instead of regular Christmas gifts and it made us both feel all warm and fuzzy.

Karen said...

Yes, the choice of presents to buy is difficult. But just think about your relatives' and friends' happiness when they receive them. It's so nice.