2015 Gift Guide
December 15, 2015 9:31 PM   Subscribe

So in the vain of this question .... Whats is the best gift guide? New? Unique? What are you giving this year? What should I get my step mother who I have nothing in common with?
posted by ihadapony to Human Relations (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I like The Wirecutter recommendations.

Otherwise, candlesticks always make a nice gift.
posted by jamaro at 10:28 PM on December 15, 2015 [5 favorites]

Gift giving isn't about what you have in common. It's about what the recipient would like. What are her interests? What's your budget?
posted by bearwife at 11:00 PM on December 15, 2015 [2 favorites]

fuzzy comfy socks
posted by Jacqueline at 1:08 AM on December 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Slate has a nice one.
posted by ftm at 5:37 AM on December 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Picture frames are my go-to gifts when I need something nice but not personal. There's a huge variety in sizes, materials, fanciness, and prices.
posted by Dolley at 6:04 AM on December 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

If you live in different places, a locally themed gift can be fun--box of chocolates from a famous candy shop, a bottle of maple syrup, local wine or beer or spirits, handmade candles, local artisan's textiles, jewelry (if she wears jewelry), nearby farm's famous hot sauce.

I've decided that as a librarian, I get to be the giver of book gifts, so you could also have your own personal giving theme. I like the NPR Best Books of 2015 and Kirkus Best Books of 2015 lists. Aim for coffee table style books if you're not familiar with the person's reading habits.
posted by carrioncomfort at 7:24 AM on December 16, 2015 [2 favorites]

High quality fragrant soap or related hand/body/bath things. I'm not particularly into soaps but I like receiving them now and then.

A couple of brands to get you started: L'Occitane and Pre de Provence.
posted by wryly at 9:18 AM on December 16, 2015

I got my parents Star Wars tickets to the new luxury movie theater. They would never in a million years pay $18 per person for a movie ticket, so it's a great gift. My usual gift-giving advice is to buy a fancier/nicer version of something the person loves/wants/needs than they would ever buy for themselves. Fancier chocolate, nicer towels, luxurious soap, better seats for theater tickets, a higher-end wine glass, etc.
posted by gatorae at 9:27 AM on December 16, 2015 [8 favorites]

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