This post is going to be an overview of some of the gifts I gave away during the holiday season. By sharing this, I hope to give you some ideas for the future because I know it can be hard to shop for people. The first gift I made is a BMO (from Adventure Time) tree ornament. I ordered supplies from etsy.com and made this ornament using a ton of reference pictures online. I have leftover supplies and hope to make even more ornaments for people next year. It's nice because they can be customized to the person you are giving them to.
I also got Ryan a "Grow a Beard" kit containing a wooden comb, hard bristle brush, beard oil, and beard balm. He's been interested in maintaining his facial hair, so I got him some items to help. I also got him a crazy long holiday hat! He has been acquiring a collection of interesting hats to wear on game nights or whenever the mood strikes, and this hat fits the bill.
For my sister, I got a pack of essential oils and a set of lava stones + lava stone necklace holder. She is moving to a four-year college next fall and is not permitted to have oil diffusers, candles, and whatnot in her dorm. She loves essential oils though, so this set will help her to still be able to use them. I also found her a school planner at Barnes and Noble. She needed a planner and the "Sarah's Scribbles" comics are right up her alley, so this was a fun find! Lastly, I got her a set of fun smelling facial wipes and face masks from CVS. Self-care materials are almost always an appreciated gift, and you can change the scents/styles to match the recipient.
I got my mom a sample coffee pack of blends from Stone Creek Coffee. She has been looking to expand what coffees she drinks, so this is a good way for her to try out new flavors and roasts! I also added some new oven mits and hot pads to her box because she has been wanting to replace her current ones and I like to give practical gifts. I got my dad a funny t-shirt related to our Colorado trip we took last May. He was tickled by all the BigFoot-sighting warning signs on the roadways, so I got him a BigFoot holiday shirt. I also got him some socks to match his work pants, again as a practical gift. For my parents combined, I got a card game related to the funny YouTube Simon's Cat videos along with a homemade tree ornament of our dog Buzz wearing a mini version of his "ugly" holiday sweater.
I made a a sort of "template" for gifts for my female friends consisting of fuzzy socks + chap stick + a yummy treat. I did my best to match the colors and flavors to the personalities of the people receiving them. Additionally, I also added an edible treat to each bag that the person would appreciate. Some items I knew, while others I guessed. This year I am going to expand my knowledge of what treats people enjoy. Some of the consumables I got were alcoholic gummy bears in the flavor of the girls' favorite drinks, chocolates, and popcorn flavorings.
I already have some gift giving ideas for next year! Some stores surprised me this season such as Menards (where I found Ryan's crazy hat) and Aldis (for gourmet chocolates and other consumables) and I will definitely shop there next holiday season. I also have a note in my phone containing ideas for gifts. Any time someone says they want or like something, I add it to the note. That way, when I'm picking out a gift for them in the future, I have something to go off of. I hope you can take away a couple ideas from what I have shared here. My next post will be about my New Years goals and resolutions. If you have set goals this year, I hope you are already off to a good start! Happy New Year!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!