Every year we have those individuals on our holiday list that are impossible to buy for. Im not talking our significant others or family members, but all the other people – co-workers, friends, hosts at a holiday party. We all have them, people who we have to give a little something to.  Maybe its difficult because they have expensive taste and everything they want is way more than we would like to be spending on the individual. Perhaps, its because they already have everything and you feel as if no matter what you give them it will be insignificant. No matter what the circumstance may be here are 5 gifts that you can give to your friends, co-workers, or anyone you want to give to without breaking the bank!

1. Personalized Ornaments

Everyone loves a gift that has been custom made just for them. An easy and affordable way to give a custom gift this holiday season is to give an ornament. Some of you may not think this is the most exciting gift but it shows that you have put time and effort into your gift which to many is almost as good as the gift itself. Those who receive this gift will appreciate that you have taken the time to have a present designed just for them!

2. Assorted Gift Basket

Does your co-worker like to bake, cook, or just eat? What about putting togethor a homemade gift basket? Head to stores such as TJmaxx, HomeGoods, or Marshalls and indulge in the numerous isles of specialty ingrediants and supplies. There are many items that are inexpensive allowing for you to easily put together a gift basket at a low cost. Please see the two samples of what to include in a custom gift baskets!

Basket #1: The Cook

  • Tri-Colored Pasta
  • Mini Strainer
  • Hand Towels
  • Gourmet Olive Oil
  • Bottle of Wine
  • Marinade
  • Salsa
  • Chocolate
Basket #2: The Baker
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips
  • Measuring Cups
  • Apron
  • Baking Cups
  • Barefoot Contessa Cupcake Mix
  • Cupcake Pan
  • Colored Crystalized Sugar

3. Gift Card to a Dinner

Never underestimate the power of the gift card. If you are buying for your significant other than I would rethink this however, for a co-worker or friend there is nothing wrong with giving them a gift card to their favorite Bistro or Steakhouse. You may not think that this is a very personal gift but this is something that you know they will enjoy, thanks to you!

4. Gourmet Pastries

Local pastry shops and gourmet online bake shops have beautiful arrangements that will bring a smile to any persons face. Stores such as William and Sonoma, Harry and David, and Custom Cookies have plenty of assortments that you can purchase and send to someone. People love to eat during the holiday seasons and they most certainly will enjoy a good treat from a great bakery. Maybe if your lucky they will even share with you!

5. Wine or Liquor

Must I really explain? Buy a bottle, put it in a pretty bag, write a card, and give it. Unless someone does not drink, any individual who does like to enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail will certainly enjoy receiving a bottle of their favorite wine or liquor. Not to mention this should cost you no more than $25.

6. Customized Stationary

Nerdy? I think not. Brilliant? I think yes. There are thousands of websites where you can order beautiful and custom stationary that one can use in their office or at home. I recommend note pads or notebooks that have the individuals full name on them. Make sure that you do not use any crazy colors or fonts as you want to keep these looking classy. It is hard not to get carried away due to the many options you are presented with but just remember that simple is better. Remember, you are giving these to a co-worker or friend, not your 10 year old niece.



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