What To Get Your Parents for Christmas

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It’s never easy finding the perfect gift for mom or dad. 1) They already have everything 2) They know what they like/want 3) Their gift to you is probably going to be 100% better than yours to them. The pressure is really on. But all is not lost—here are a few things that they’ll surely enjoy: special editions of their favorite books, upgraded travel accessories, warm gloves, a cheeky engraved flask.

 

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Tan Otomi Bed Cover | Tory Sport Performance Visor | Adam Hunter STND White Marble iPhone Base | Fictional Hotel Notepads

 

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What Women Really Want for Christmas

What Women Really Want for Christmas • Shop Gifts for Women on @SavvyHome

 

Shop these failproof gifts for women, and you’ll win at gift giving, guaranteed.

 

Ok, world peace would be great. But while we figure out how to give world peace as a Christmas present, here are some gifts that women in your life will really enjoy. Side note: I came across a list on The List App (are you on it? It’s great! Add me @savvyhome) by Hillary Kerr (@hillarykerr), co-founder of WhoWhatWear. She debunked what people actually like to receive a Christmas gifts (myself included) in the following order:

 

Inside jokes

A thoughtful reminder of a good time you shared.

Upgrades of everyday essentials

Don’t get a face wash or acne cream. But a luxe mask or bath oil? Yes!

Stalk their social

You’d be surprised how much you can find out about a woman by looking at her Pinterest feed.

Pay attention

Take notes throughout the year.

When in doubt, monogram

Always.

 

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Looking for even more ideas? Shop gift guides for the modern jet-setter, the host with the most, the 21st century gentleman, or the mom of the year.

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Gifts for the 21st Century Gentleman

Holiday Gift Guide for Men • 2015 on @SavvyHome

 

The modern gentleman has many interests, from wine, to traveling, to music or art. He takes good care of his appearance, from his shoes to his beard. He appreciates the finer things in life: whiskey, backgammon, champagne. He takes pride in his home. We might think he’s hard to buy for, but it’s not the case. Just pick a gift that reflects one of his interests, upgrade his everyday essentials, get him a thoughtful home gift, or treat him to a classic (a bottle of scotch accompanied by clever whiskey stones never fails).

 

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The Modern Etiquette Guide to Hostess Gifts

The Modern Etiquette Guide to Hostess Gifts

 

Not all hostess gifts come equal… While you may bring a good bottle of wine or a designer scented candle to a dinner party, you’ll want to splurge a little more if you’re staying with someone for a few days to a week.

If you have no idea how much you should be spending on a hostess gift, a good guide to follow is to estimate how much they’re spending on your dinner/stay/etc. If you’re ravaging their fridge and wine cellar every day for a week, it might warrant a bigger present than if you were simply crashing their couch, and drinking their tap water for two days.

Keep your budget in mind while shopping too. While you might want to splurge on a nice gift for a friend who’s hosting you over the Holidays, there’s no reason to open a credit line for it. Make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re spending, and that goes for all gifts.

These rules, of course are only suggestions, as it’s the intentions that count in the end. Which brings me to my next point: thoughtfulness, and personalization trumps the price tag. Getting something that’s significant to the host can go a long way, even if just a tiny gift.

Also, when in doubt, monogram. A gift will always more thought out if it’s monogrammed. But bear in mind it can take a week to ten days to get something monogrammed, so plan ahead.

Here are a few ideas that have proven to be crowd pleasers over the years: a scented candle (and I don’t mean Glade), a nice scarf, a coffee table book (or cookbook), leather gloves, luxury bath products.

 

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