10 Christmas Gifts For Someone You Don’t Know Well

Christmas gift giving can sometimes be as awkward as sneezing during ‘Away In A Manger’, tripping over fairy lights or letting out a huge burp after overindulging in figgy pudding. Don’t get me wrong, seeing Granny’s face light up over that framed photograph is honestly priceless. However, Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well can feel like one big confusing sigh.

Shopping for Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well? Whether it’s a work colleague, a neighbor you’ve spoken to twice or the dreaded secret santa, we’ve got you covered! Here’s 10 amazing Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well…

For Her

Scented Candles

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Unless the lady you are buying for is a vegan, scented candles are always a great idea! Opt for a Christmas-themed scent to make her festive period just a bit more special.

If you want to add something, opt for placemats to put the candle on.

Shimmering spiral hand embroidered placemats.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

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A stunning Christmas tree ornament can make a great Christmas gift. Opt for a high quality and unique ornament to show that you’ve put a lot of thought into your purchase. No one dollar store nonsense!

Matching Table Linen

If you’re buying a Christmas gift for someone over the age of 23, chances are that they either rent or own a property. Although home decor is incredibly down to personal taste, opt for something plain and you are onto a winner.

Matching table is a great idea, as every home has a dining table. To prepare, try slipping home decor into your conversation. For example, next time you see Bec from marketing start talking about kitchen decor, then casually slip in ‘what color scheme is your kitchen’. If you lack all elements of being subtle, simply opt for a plain white table runner, table cloth or table runner and place mat set.

I know I’d be over the moon if I received any of these:

Ornamental embroidered table cloth

Hand embroidered 7 piece table runner and place mat set

Saree border table runner

Silk Scarf

Silk scarves are luxurious, fashionable and will keep her warm in Winter. What’s not to love? Before you go ahead and purchase a scarf, spend a week or so looking at her outfits to see her preference in colors. As much as you think this will make you look like a stalker, she will appreciate the effort!

Left to right: floral paisley silk scarfartistic print silk scarf, exotic silk scarf

For Him

Shaving Balm/ Toiletries Kits

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Every man needs shaving balm, body wash and cologne. If he’s well groomed, he will be really appreciative of this. On the other hand, if he’s more of a bloke, it will save him from picking up any old junk next time he visits the mall.

Socks

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With men, it’s all about the necessities and socks are certainly something every man needs! If he’s young and hip, opt for branded socks, such as Calvin Klein. If he’s a bit older and has a sense of humor, comedic socks will be a great choice. Perhaps maybe don’t opt for ‘old fart’ socks for someone you don’t know well, those are specifically reserved for Dads and Husbands!

A Laptop Brush

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Men, no offense: you are a messy breed! Give him the gift of cleanliness this Christmas with a laptop brush. These babies will get all of the crumbs and dirty out of this laptop keyboard. Plus: he is not very likely to already own one of these.

Mind Puzzles

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Everyone likes a challenge, so give him one this Christmas! Mind puzzles will provide hours of entertainment. Opt for small ones so that he can use them on the commute to work or during his lunch break.

Chocolate & Sweets

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They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If this theory is true, chocolates and sweets are always a fantastic buy. To be a little bit different, stay away from the Hersheys and opt for Belgian chocolates, whiskey truffles and something special.

 

 

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Wedding Gifts: A Guide

When it comes to weddings, buying a gift can be a big fat confusing rut surrounded by something that is otherwise beautiful. Whether the groom is your childhood best friend, or the wife is a work acquaintance, the words ‘wedding gifts’ seem to make any knowledge of that couple about as relevant as Kim Kardashian at a political conference. Trans: you could know the person like the back of your hand and still find yourself in utter confusion. How on earth are you meant to find something they don’t already own? How do you choose something they will really appreciate? And, the biggest question mark: how much dollar do you fork out?

Luckily, we are here to give you a helping hand! Read on for our guide to wedding gifts…

How Much To Spend On A Wedding Gift

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Let’s start with the big one: how much do you spend on a gift. Some may say that as long as the gift is thoughtful an high quality, price isn’t really an issue. Others believe that the amount you fork out all boils down to your relationship with the bride, groom or couple. If the to-be-wedded is a close friend or relative, $75-$100 is enough to buy something really great. For a friend, co-worker, or acquaintance, $50-$75 is more than enough.

What To Get?

First things first, check if the couple have a wedding gift registry. Around 85% would prefer a gift from their registry list, so this one is sure to be a hit!

No list? No problem! Here’s our gift picks. All you have to do is choose the description that your bride and groom best fit!

The Adrenaline Junkies

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Kurt and Jamie were known for taking their love to ridiculous new heights!

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This couple are out of their bloomin’ minds. Climbing mountains, high ropers courses, bungee jumping…. and we are the one’s left feeling scared! They love anything that quickens a heart beat, and if it includes heights, near-death, or great white sharks, even better!

Buy them an experience! Chances are these two aren’t all wrapped up on physical things, so why not give them some crazy memories? Sky diving, scuba diving and other crazy activities can break the bank, so opt for an experience below the $100 bracket. A jet boat ride, go-karting or watersports are all cheaper options that your adrenaline lovers will adore!

The Travelers

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This couple are …are…actually: where are they? Jokes aside, these lovers are thinking anything but babies after the big day, their eyes are all on the globe! Open minded and free spirited, this couple delve into new cultures and experiences wholeheartedly.

Buy them something that reminds them of their travels or fills them with wanderlust. Chances are, you cannot afford to buy them a trip to India (if you can, can I be your friend?) but you can bring India to their home through beautiful pieces of home decor.

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Give them memories of a European Autumn with the embroidered leaf placements

Or spark wanderlust for the East with the Arabian velvet table runner.

The Luxury Lovers

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This couple are fans of all the finer things in life. Oysters, champagne and spa retreats are what they live for. Coming across as high maintenance to some, this couple are always preen, polished and proper.

Buy them a couples pampering session! If this is too pricey, luxury toiletries or fine wine are a great idea too!

The New Home Owners

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This Couple have just bought their first home! Overcome with excitement, they have this huuuge space and absolutely nothing to fill it! Bless them!

Buy them a pretty piece of decor that will add luxury and personality to their home without breaking the bank. As they’ve just forked out on a wedding, chances are they will have to scrimp on furniture. We all have to start somewhere and the gift of a table cloth will turn that ugly thrift store table into a work of art!

King Blue

This hand embroidered table cloth is an instant beautiful table without breaking the bank!

Still have no clue?

Why not opt for a matching table cloth and place mats combo? With eight stunning color to choose from, there’s one for every couple!

Purple

And if all else fails…. there’s always the option of gifting money for the honeymoon! Happy gifting!

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift For YOUR Mum

Our Mum is literally the one that we owe our whole lives to. They’ve been the ones to change our dirty nappies (ew), hold us when we’re sad and there to listen to our endless rants about our 9-5s. One things for sure, the Spice Girls’ song ‘Mama I love you’ was a complete understatement. We don’t just love our Mum’s, we love them more than anything.

With mothers day just around the corner, FYI it’s on the 8th of May (not that you forgot), it’s time to spoil our favorite ladies in our lives! If you’re struggling to find a perfect gift, turn that frown upside down! We’ve got you covered! We’ve pin-pointed five Mum types and provided the perfect gift solutions!

The Home-Maker

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She spends most of the time in the home, her palace. Whether she’s trying out a new cake recipe or sewing up some new curtains for the living room, this Mum is a real home-body at heart. So this mothers day, take her place in the kitchen and whip her up some home made baked goods. What better way to show her that she taught you well?

The Perfect Gift

She’s got her baking skills down to a tee, so why not treat her with something that will add a glamorous edge to her dinner parties? The hand embroidered place mat and table runner set comes with six place mats and one table runner, all of which are hand beaded and embroidered.

Purple

If she prefers a cottage-y vibe, this jacquard paisley table runner will add a touch of 1950s elegance to her tea parties.

Orange

The New Lease Of Life

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Since you and your siblings have moved out, your Mum metaphorically screamed ‘freedom’ and has reverted back to a younger state of mind ever since. She seems to have acquired a travel list way longer than yours and is ticking them off pretty fast in her retired bliss. She is commonly found partying with backpackers in Thailand a third of her age and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. You spend your days waiting for that fearful moment when she announces she is about to sky dive, then cringe on the inside at how much braver and cooler she is than you. Mum: You’re crazy!

The Perfect Gift

Chances are, you’re not going to be booking her that skydive anytime soon! Instead, indulge in her wanderlust with exotic printed cushion covers. Whether these beauties bring back warm memories of Morocco, or simply inspire her to take a trip there, she will love them.

Exotic oriental pillow cover

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Velvet sparkle throw pillow cover

The Nostalgic

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Her most-used phrases include ‘back in my day’ and ‘when I was younger’. Although it’s 2016, and she’s in her mid sixties, her heart will always belong to the Sixties; the days of her youth! When you turn on the radio, her response is always ‘is this that Justin Beibers?’ and she wouldn’t know who Beyonce and Jay Z were if they stood in front of her and did the macerana. Despite this, the world is waay too fast paced and you adore her old-age attitude and outlook on life. Plus: Boho is so on trend right now!

The Perfect Gift

Embrace her era and get her some suitably hippy-ish home decor pieces to add to her home. The exotic oriental table runner will bring about memories of peace and Woodstock, whilst the solid geometric pillow cover is so Mod, that it could have been seen in Twiggy’s house!

The Mother Earth

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Sunshine is like oxygen for your Mum! As soon as there’s a glimpse of rays in the sky, she’ out in the garden with a weeding bucket and a watering can! Her weekends are spent embracing natures beauty on long hikes or trips to castles and national parks. She is like a living, breathing encyclopedia of local flora and fauna and the question ‘what flower is this?’ is often met with a lengthy explanation of facts and figures. She is an embodiment of mother earth an the world would truly be a greater place if more people treated the planet like she did.

The Perfect Gift

This floral pillow cover will make a perfect addition to your mothers outdoor seating area. The neutral tones will ensure it can easily migrate to the indoor areas during the Winter too.

Although Spring may be filled with rays of sunshine, the chill has not quite completely gone away yet. Let your Mum enjoy the outdoors in comfort and style by treating her to the floral pure wool scarf.

The Youngster

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When you hear the phrase ‘down with the kids’, your stomach turns a little. This phrase was basically made for your Mum. Known by your friends as ‘the life and soul of the party’, your Mum lives for having a good time and often tries to infiltrate your friendship group like she’s ‘one of the girls.’ Your friends love her. Between the shots, life advice and brunches, they see a woman who really knows the definition of a good time. And you’re thankful that she’s this way, she’s a best friend, a Mum and a party pal rolled into one Superwoman.

The Perfect Gift

Let’s be honest, your Mum is one stylish lady! No matter what her home decor theme, these minimalist shimmering spiral placemats would be an on-trend and fashionable addition to her kitchen.

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The boho trend is still all the rage! Help your Mum to embrace this trend in an age-appropriate manner with the exotic silk scarf.

Happy Mothers day to all the Mothers, Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers! Without you, the world would probably stop turning!

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