Oops, you did it again. You got caught up in binge watching season two of Broadchurch and now you’re scrambling to find Christmas presents for your loved ones and those you are forced to make nice with. First of all, how flawless is that show? David Tennant’s beard can meet me under the mistletoe and whisper sweet, scratchy nothings into my ear anytime. Okay, now that our hearts are racing with Tennant lust let’s get into this whole gift buying scramble. It’ll be okay, we’ll get through this together with the aid of gifs, wine, and wifi.
Booze is solution. What was the question? In all seriousness, alcohol can be a pretty good gift for any occasion. A word of caution, make sure the other person drinks. I know someone who gave a bottle of tequila as a gift to someone who had over 20 years of sobriety… awkward! There are gift sets available around the holidays so you can class up the gift with a bonus cocktail shaker or a couple of nice glasses. If you know what the other person likes, it’s a snap – just buy a bottle of their favorite spirit. If you don’t, try a nice bottle of wine (which is also a good gift to bring if you’re invited to someone’s house for dinner or a party). Head to Trader Joe’s and either ask an employee for a recommendation, or peruse this list. I’d go with the Brunello di Montalcino, it’s $20 and delicious. Everyone will think you’re cultured, generous, and always invite you back.
Another crowd favorite? Movie theater tickets. Luxury movie theaters are popping up everywhere, so buy a pair of tickets and treat someone to a really fun night out they might not splurge on for themselves. Those upscale theaters are amazing, you can have dinner and drinks at your seat and feel very Henry VIII (but without the beheadings).
Did you put off getting a gift for someone real special? Make up for your thoughtlessness with a recurring gift option, like a gift subscription. You can do a [blank] of the month and pick from wine, snacks, beauty products, MOOSE MUNCH, and even underwear. Oh, and there are magazine subscriptions, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, the choices go on and on.
Some gift givers might look down their noses at gift cards, but I’ve finally warmed up to them. If you know someone loves a certain store or service, why not just get them a card and let them go nuts on your dime? If the complaint about gift cards is that they can feel impersonal, turn it around by taking some time to think about what the person likes. Don’t buy one from some random store, pick a place they love or something they might not buy for themselves (like a massage, facial, go cart racing, you get the idea). Add in some cheeky charm by wrapping the card up in some campy, mildly annoying way. One year a friend of mine wrapped up mini bottles of booze in rolls of streamer paper. It took about five minutes to unravel each one, it was funny for about three.
The only bad gift is a slap-dash, no thought added pile of turds. If you’re low on funds, you can still give a thoughtful, pretty cry inducing gift to your special boos. Find your favorite picture of the two of you and frame it, make a mixed tape (bonus points if you play it for them Lloyd Dobler style on an actual boombox), or just give them a card and tell them how much you love em.
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.