It never fails, we are enjoying summer, school starts, and then BAM! The holiday season is upon us! This means the gifting season has begun. Teachers, neighbors, friends, party hostess gifts, and more. My list of the 5 things to have on hand this holiday season will help you survive that last minute “oh, crap!” sensation that will almost always happen.
#1. A Bottle of Wine
This is a great gift for the holiday parties that will be happening. I realize that not everyone is a wine drinker; however, there are many people that are. I suggest one that is not terribly expensive, as you may want to keep a couple on hand. These are gifts that can easily be consumed at the party so that if the person who is hosting doesn’t like wine, they can just as easily open it for the guests to enjoy.
#2. Gift Bags & Tissue Paper
Having a few gift bags and tissue paper you picked up from the dollar store, or even ones that you purchased after the holidays last year on clearance, will save you time and money for last minute gifts. There is no reason to fuss over wrapping, and most people are either really good at it or suck. There is no shame in dropping a gift in a bag. Just make sure you add the tissue paper so that it doesn’t look like you really just dropped it in the bag.
#3. Coffee Gift Cards
Most people I know are living life one cup of coffee at a time. No matter where you are there is most likely a Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or a local coffee shop that people frequent. Stop by and grab either a few $5 cards or $10 cards. I sometimes even ask if I can get a couple of the cups to put them in (the small ones so it looks cute) when I give them out. It looks just a little fancier than the cardboard envelope they give you. Plus when they pull it out of the gift bag. Try it and I know you will be hooked. These are great for those gifts of people you know you should gift too, but don’t want to spend a fortune one, and it still looks like you put in the effort with the cup!
#4. Gift Mugs
Almost every holiday store has a holiday mug you can pick up. Something festive and possibly with a cute saying on it as well. Grab 5 of them, grab some holiday chocolate, and then put it in some clear wrap. Done. These are great for teachers of any kind, admin assistants, and those that help you with tasks throughout. I usually grab about 5-6 of these and make them all up in about 15 minutes. Then you are always ready when you need them instead of trying to remember to get back in touch with that person to give it to them. You may even opt to not get a holiday mug, this way they can use it after the holiday season has passed.
#5 Your Favorite Book
It doesn’t matter if it is a personal development, cookbook, or fiction book. Grab a couple of them and pass them out! People need to slow down and read every once in a while. Why not help them out by providing them a great read? This type of gift is very personal and will let the person you gift it to know that you thought enough of them to grab them a copy as well. Again, I typically grab 4-5 of these off of Amazon so that I can get a great deal.
These are my go-to gift ideas and items that I typically have in the house at all times starting at the beginning of November. I hate forgetting people, and I do not like to feel last minute, even when my notice for the event was last-minute. Every person who helps you out in life deserves to be thought about. If budget is tight, don’t forget that the discount stores also carry many of these items for under $5 each. A hand written note also goes a long way.
What are your holiday gift items that you always keep on hand?
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