Holiday Gift Guide 101

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes the stresses of preparing for functions and shopping for presents.

The last thing we need on top of studying for exams is added stress when it comes to finding gifts. That said, we also don’t want to be left scrambling last minute with scraps and leftovers.

To make your gift giving easier, here are some ideas to get the ball rolling.

1. For the athletic member of your family or friends, stainless steel reusable water bottles or a pair of gloves will be put to good use. Brands such as SIGG or Klean Kanteen offer different sizes and styles with unique designs to suit everyone’s taste.
Gloves in leather, suede or an athletic style are a great gift in general. This can also be an option for that hard to buy for person, but is great for colder climates such as ours, and can be used daily and for outdoor sports and activities.

2. We all know that one person who is incredibly difficult to buy for who has everything. The season becomes increasingly challenging as the pressures to give something useful and unique grow.

Warm slippers designed as various characters or animals are sure to get a laugh and will keep feet toasty at home.

Pajama sets are easy and affordable. Or perhaps a book of recipes or drink mixes is more your style.

Travel organizers which store your passport, boarding pass and travel documents in a sleek compact case is another smart idea.

3. The practical person on your list may enjoy a ceramic mug, a scarf or an organizer. This doesn’t have to be an agenda-type organizer, but could include one for a desktop, one for magazines or stackable boxes to store miscellaneous items.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a hot cup of cocoa, java, or tea on a cold winter’s day? A ceramic mug is a great gift which I’m sure would be greatly appreciated this winter and you can generally find them for under $10. You can add individual packets of hot cocoa, apple cider or tea as an add-on.

4. Scarves are practical, functional yet fashionable and you don’t have to worry about getting the wrong size.

It’s an easy gift solution, but ranges in price depending on what type of scarf.

Cashmere is classic, but wool and knit scarves are definitely options to consider.

5. A luxurious gift can include glass jewelry or bath products.

Relaxation with various bath beads, oils and soaps are a season favourite.

An important factor to consider is any allergies to chemicals or ingredients used, as well as the type of fragrance. Try light fruity scents if you’re undecided which way to go.

Glass jewelry is a personal favourite and is truly a unique piece of wearable art. Ranging from rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants, glass art has become fabulous jewelry that makes a statement. This can be purchased at various boutiques on Corydon Avenue or at the Winnipeg Art Gallery gift shop.

6. Feeling crafty and creative?
Construct your own gift basket by combining smaller items into a fun compilation of the recipient’s favourite things. Instead of splurging on one main item, combining smaller ones will not only save you money, but the personalized touch makes it even more thoughtful.

Chocolates are a sweet addition and for the non-chocolate lovers, candies of all sorts (gummies, jube jubes, and lollipops) are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Happy shopping!

Published in Volume 64, Number 14 of The Uniter (December 3, 2009)

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