Picking the Perfect Gifts for Everyone
Picture this – everyone is gathered around the Christmas tree, and a gift is handed to a loved one who opens it and forces a smile once they’ve seen what’s inside. They don’t necessarily hate the gift; it’s just not for them.
This is a common scenario for a lot of people who’ve dealt with this at least once in their gift-giving experience. Gift shopping can be difficult and a bit of a gamble, especially if you don’t know if your family or friends will genuinely love what you give. It’s the thought that counts, but if they love it, that’s certainly better.
The below gift guide will assist you with picking out gifts that will impress your family and friends.
Gifts for Kids
Kids can be tricky and picky when it comes to gifts. And forget about giving a kid under the age of ten clothes. The movie Frozen was a big hit among kids - and let’s face it, adults too – especially young girls who donned Elsa costumes in record numbers this past Halloween. If this sounds like a kid you know, consider picking up this Disney Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll from Amazon ($24.46). This Elsa doll has topped several gift guide lists including TimeToPlayMag.com’s Most Wanted Toy List. If you decide to get this doll, be sure to confirm that it is being fulfilled by Amazon, as there have been complaints regarding third-party sellers selling knockoff versions. If a kid in your life is more into action than fairy tales, then they’ll love this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch N’ Shout from Toy R’ Us ($19.99). This also appeared on TTPM’s toy list and was rated one of the top holiday picks by Toys R’ Us.
Gifts for the Video Gamers
If someone on your gift list, either young or old, can be found spending most of their time playing video games, they will go gaga for this Disney Interactive Infinity: Marvel Superheroes 2.0 Edition Starter Park ($74.96). All of the Marvel fan favorites are in this game including Captain America, Iron Man and Hulk, just to name a few. The game is available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and 4 as well as the Nintendo Wii U. If your gamer is into building fantasy worlds more than saving them, Minecraft ($17.54) might be more up their alley. This game has topped Amazon’s best sellers list for 2014 and fans rave about the hours of fun gameplay it offers. Minecraft is available for PlayStation 2 and 4, Xbox One and 360.
Gifts for Beauty Mavens
We all know the beauty maven, the person who loves treating herself to makeovers and has a makeup bag filled to the top with the latest products. So what do you get the beauty lover who has everything? This Too Faced makeup palette that doubles as an iPhone case, that’s what. This gift idea topped Glamour’s Prettiest Holiday list, and because it is a unique gift, its originality will raise eyebrows. If her makeup collection is full and you want to cater to her love for beauty, help her pamper her skin with this Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Skincare Collection from Sephora ($39.99). This six-piece set includes a hand cream, cleansing oil and a small bottle of 100% Argan oil.
Gifts for Techies
Most techies like to use their gadgets on the go. This Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Computers, Tablets and Smartphones found on Amazon for $49.94 will do the trick. This is perfect for students and writers who can easily switch between their computer and smartphone. If your tech lover loves social media, they’ll enjoy this customized watch by May 28th called the Instawatch ($44). This watch, which appeared on Real Simple’s 14 Cool Gifts for Tech-Lovers, can be customized down to the face of the watch which can be of a photo straight from their Instagram account.
Gifts for Bookworms
If you’re looking for gift ideas for the person in your life who likes to get lost in a good book, consider getting them an Amazon Kindle PaperWhite ($119). I am a huge fan of e-readers, especially Kindles. This particular Kindle is lighter than its Fire HD cousin, and you can use it to read late at night thanks to the built-in light. As a bonus, include a year-long subscription to KindleUnlimited ($9.99/month) so that your bookworm will have access to over 700,000 books and audiobooks.
Gifts for TV Lovers
For those friends and family members who are front and center for every Scandal or Game of Thrones episode, this is for them. By this, I am referring to Google Chromecast ($35). CNET named Google Chromecast one of the Best Holiday Gifts Under $50. When your family or friend plugs this thumb-sized streaming device into their TV’s HDMI port and uses their smartphone to control it, they will have access to popular streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Watch ESPN, YouTube and HBO Go, to name a few. To make their viewing experience even better, consider combining your gift with a Netflix gift card ($30) that you can pick up from your nearest Target. With this gift card, your TV lover can start a new subscription or just apply the gift card to their existing account.
When holiday shopping this year, remember to buy the gifts you know will be useful to them or relates to their interests. Doing so will ensure that they appreciate your gift and put it to good use.