1. PHOTOS. Duh! Of course, I was going to have that at the top of the list, right?
But I am so sincere about this. I think photos are the best gifts.
Whether it’s a canvas, framed print, press print book or even a memory game, I think they are the best.
Honestly, the year that I gave the photo memory game to our 3 youngest grandkiddos was one of my favorite gifts to give ever!
2. BOOKS. Again, a no-brainer for anyone who knows me.
I love to share my favorite books that I’ve read over the past year with my loved ones.
This year, I have been listening to lots of books, and I have fallen in love with the writings of Shauna Niequist.
She is in a completely different stage of life than I am, but I just love her attitude and authenticity.
So my family will be getting one of her books that has a daily reading, it’s called Savor and it touches on lots of real life topics.
Very practical. LOVE this book!
I also love the book, For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.…and that could be in a stocking or two at our house.
I have another book in another category that I’ll be sharing too.
3. CUSTOM HANDMADE PIECES.
There are so many great artists locally and internationally, that I think there must be something for everyone.
Last year, I gave each of the girls in our family a custom reclaimed wood tray made by our great friend Jamie Meyer.
Jamie and Donna create beautiful accent pieces and furniture from reclaimed wood that is often from a local barn that Jamie has torn down himself.
Here’s a link to his etsy shop: 2JEM
Another local artist who I love to purchase gifts from is the etsy shop of my friend Denise, Mothball Charlie.
I’m especially partial to her pet portraits.
If you have an artist who is a friend or family member and you admire their work, don’t forget to gift their creations.
Small businesses depend on word of mouth AND connections!
I love finding talent among my friends, neighbors, associates, and church members who I can support in their endeavors!
I’m sure we all have talented artists in our midst!
4. THEMED GIFTS.
For foodies or cooks: The book Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. Most foodies that I know will adore this book.
Hostess gift: A rosemary tree, a potted plant (NEVER take cut flowers that aren’t arranged), a favorite candle.
Small space dwellers: something consumable, that they don’t have to try to find a place for. A bottle of wine, a gift card for a favorite restaurant, a themed basket of consumables or a streamed book/music/movie.
Pet lover: a custom pet portrat by Mothball Charlie (linked above)
Athlete: A basket filled with power bars, gatorade, running socks, a fitbit.
Subscriptions are great gifts too…they keep giving throughout the year!
Athlete: A sports illustrated or specific sport magazine.
Crafty/curious kiddo: Kiwi Crate
Crafter: Studio Calico
Fashionista or Wardrobe Challenged Shopper: Stitch Fix
Music lover: Spotify
Busy Empty Nesters: Plated.
So many ideas, so little time.
I hope this is a fun and helpful post!