8 Gifts That Are Suitable for Every Holiday

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It can be difficult to find just the right gift for a friend or family member. This is especially true if you're shopping for a specific holiday with all of the red-and-green trappings or bunny-themed expectations of the occasion. The good news is that some gifts are universal, so no matter what kind of holiday that you're shopping for, here are just a few presents that will always get you a smile from your recipient.

1. Coffee Mugs

Everyone needs a good coffee mug. Even if they aren't a caffeine junkie, they can still use their mug for things like hot chocolate. They can even re-purpose the mug as a pencil-holder for their desk! If you know what kind of snacks that your recipient likes, you can also stuff the mug with mints, candies and tea bags for that extra "oomph."

2. Scented Candles

Gone are the days when scented candles were only available in fragrances like vanilla and lavender. While you can still purchase these for the traditionalist in your family, you can also spruce up your gift by buying something more specialized. For example, your literary aunt might enjoy a candle that gives off the scent of old books. Your dad might like a novelty candle that smells of bacon.

3. Blankets

Who doesn't love a soft, comfortable blanket? It's generic enough that it can be given to anyone while also being fun and different enough that it doesn't seem generic. As long as you stay away from holiday patterns, blankets can also be given as a gift year-round. You can even throw in a few DVDs or food items to turn it into a "themed" present for movie night or date night.

4. Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are some of the most versatile presents on the market. They can be customized depending on age, gender, budget, interests, allergies and food preferences, and they're suitable for all kinds of occasions and events. You can even find gift baskets that are available for holiday gift delivery if you can't get to the store yourself. It's a win-win purchase for everyone!

5. Grooming Supplies

Maybe they hate their current shaving tools. Maybe they've always wanted an expensive hair dryer with a million power settings. Grooming supplies are a safe bet as a present because they won't expire: Even if you accidentally buy the person something that they already own, they can just store it in their linen closet until their current one breaks or wears down.

6. Stress Relief Objects

Everyone experiences stress at some point or another, so these are unique and thoughtful gifts that can be distributed on any occasion. It doesn't matter if they're old-fashioned squeeze balls or newfangled fidget spinners; as long as their purpose is clear, your recipient is sure to get some use out of them during their next hard day at the office.

7. IOUs

Do you need a last-minute gift in a hurry? Consider making your own "favor cards" that can be redeemed by the recipient for everyday tasks and activities. For example, you might offer your spouse breakfast in bed or a night off from the kids. You might give your co-worker a free lunch or desk cleaning. Not only will your IOUs be much appreciated, but they'll also be a cinch to whip up right before a party or gathering.

8. Gift Cards

Last but not least, never underestimate the power of a gift card. While they might not be the most creative present out there, they can make great "emergency" gifts for the guest that you didn't anticipate at your holiday party. They can also be an easy way to circumvent the awkwardness of wondering what size your wife is or what video games your nephew likes to play. Just give them a gift card and let them make their own choices at the store.

Whether you're decorating pumpkins or setting up garlands and holly, these are just a few gifts that are sure to delight their recipients. Remember, the amount of money that you spend is much less important than the care and attention that you put into your present. Happy shopping!

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