Post # 1
One my dad’s side of the family, there is a Christmas gift exchange where we all buy presents for one other adult, and we all buy gifts for the one small child.
However, everyone seems to still give small gifts to everyone else. It is unspoken and not organized. What small gifts can I give (would need 6-10) that are inexpensive but somewhat nice? I need some for males/females.Under $10 each would be perfect.
Homemade gifts don’t seem to go over well – did that last year.
Post # 3
@Stiletto13: you can get classic books at a chain like Barnes & Noble at a bargain – they are beautiful and a great gift. You could also pick up Starbucks or iTunes gift cards for $10 – everyone likes getting those!
Post # 4
Gift cards. $5 to Starbucks is a morning coffee.
Post # 5
@Stiletto13: for girls I’d go with something easy and popular- bath sets, earrings/bracelets, scarfs, nail/manuicure sets…. For guys I’d probably also do scarfs/mittens, pocket knife, travelers mug, men’s bath set… For either you could get one of those food gift sets they sell at target/kmart- like you get a mug, hot coco, and peppermint sticks for $8; or bbq’s sauces with a grill brush for $10…. Those kind of things are usually pretty safe if you don’t know the person really well.
Post # 6
Thanks, bees, keep the ideas coming!
Post # 7
What did you give last year that was homemade but didn’t go over well? I’ll be honest — this situation would drive me nuts. What’s the point of doing that type of gift exchange if everyone has to buy presents for everyone else anyway? I’d probably go with something edible — it’s unisex, can be cheap, and it doesn’t take up any space after you eat it.
Post # 8
@Stiletto13: It’s dumb…but Walgreens is awesome for smaller but kind of neat stuff…makeup sets, and really awesome socks and like, those derpy As Seen On TV products that are kind of hokey, but totally awesome!
Post # 9
For stocking stuffers, we got a set of three nightlight/flashlights. They turn on when the power goes out. We’ll split them up. Puzzles are a family favourite. You could also do crosswords or similar type of puzzle books.
Post # 10
@Stiletto13: Homemade gifts didn’t go over well? That’s ashame 🙁 I love homemade gifts!
Anyway…girls are pretty easy..nail polishes, chocolates (no matter how cliche, I always want someone to get me one of those nifty christmas boxes!), spa socks, etc…
For the guys, bottle openers (if they’re drinkers), key chains, knives, anything they can eat lol (nuts, cookies, candies…), hats…
Post # 11
@cmbr: OMG yes it drives. me. up. the. WALL! The first year it was instituted, I brought my one gift as per directions, but I received a bunch of small things from others so I felt cheap.
Last year I made homemade bath scrubs with essential oils for the women. They were the ones who seemed to be most guilty of “extra” gifts. I also gave homemade orange extract and vanilla extract. I figured those were good “couple” gifts. No one seemed excited, and yes, these are people who cook and bake!
Post # 12
@Stiletto13: I got some gifts at TJMaxx for the ladies at work. They were $7.99 each – these really nice reed diffusers. They were in a very nice decorative glass bottle with reeds that had flowers on them.
Post # 13
@Stiletto13: I would have loved any of those homemade gifts! I’m sorry you’re having to deal with this.
Post # 14
@Stiletto13: Providing everyone is over 21, and drinks – cheap bottles of wine! You can get a decent bottle of wine (in most states) for under $5.
Mr. Galoshes and I do this every year – it’s 1. a nice way to round out a gift, or 2. it’s a nice gesture for someone you would give a small gift too. We get a bottle of wine for each of out 6 aunts & a 750mL bottle of decent craft beer (normally around $8) for all our uncles.
In our circle it’s very much appreciated!
Post # 15
I know you said that homemade gifts didn’t go over well, but perhaps something a bit different? I’m making my own homemade Baileys and dry rub seasonings for meat! They are both pretty cheap to make and they’re just a bit more different than bath stuff. Plus, they can go to either men or women!
Post # 16
@Mrs_Galoshes: I wish that was possible here! The cheapest I have ever come across is $6.29 and that was for buying multiples. Other provinces are worse.