Have you ever felt entirely unprepared for special occasions and celebrations? Do the birthdays and anniversaries of family and friends sneak up on you every year? Resolve within yourself that this is the year that you will give the best gifts to everyone on your list.
The holidays are an obvious occasion for gifts, but you will have plenty of opportunities to give gifts to the many people in your life throughout the year. The key to being a next-level gift giver is preparing in advance with the perfect present for everyone on your list. Taking some extra time today will keep you ahead of the game throughout the year.
Perfect Occasions for Gift-Giving
First, let’s think through the occasions that crop up throughout the year that could throw us off our gift-giving game. Among our friends and family, we will have the opportunity to attend celebrations near and far that require a thoughtful gift or two. The right gifts underscore the importance of the occasion every time.
Occasions for Gifts
We have amazing people in our lives that make each day brighter. Being prepared with the right gifts is one way we show them how important they are in our lives. Keep your resolution to be a better gift-giver by preparing in advance for all occasions and wowing everyone on your list with the perfect gift.
Gifts for Her
You certainly don’t want to forget one of the many incredible women in your life when it comes to special occasions. While forgetting is highly unlikely, finding the time to bag that perfect purchase can be challenging. Think through the ladies in your life and buy gifts that will work perfectly for any of them, on any occasion, so you’ll be sure to have just the thing when the special occasion arises.
Best Gifts for Girl Friends
- Healing crystals
- Comfy hoodie
- Hawaiian gifts
Your friends are there for you through thick and thin. But you know that sometimes they experience stress and agonize over every detail in their pursuit of perfection. Healing crystals can be the perfect pick-me-up and a great addition to their daily life. Whether you choose a healing crystal such as an Atlas Mountain Jasper Heart Stone or striking smoky quartz, you give them the gift of emotional calmness and balance.
Let them know their comfort is important to you. A comfy sweatshirt or a responsibly sourced faux fur hoodie wraps her in a big ol’ friendship hug every time she puts it on. So let her take comfort in your friendship and this incredibly thoughtful gift!
If she’s a lover of all things Hawaiian, an obvious go-to would be any Hawaiian gifts you can source for her special occasion. Whether it’s food, flowers, or jewelry, Hawaiian gifts can make an instant positive impression. Let her know she’s fierce with a stunning piece of jewelry that includes shark teeth – the ultimate Hawaiian gift!
Gifts for Him
The guys in your life are irreplaceable. If he’s your main squeeze, the bar for gift-giving just went up! Whether he is your number one or one of your best friends, the men in your life deserve gifts that let them know how important they are to you.
Best Gifts for Guys
- Wood chart
- Portable charger
- Multifunctional docking station
- Collapsible folding beach table
Is there anything classier than a high-quality wood chart? Let him know he is top-shelf with a stunning wood map of his favorite travel destination. If he’s a gamer, gift the exquisitely etched cribbage board for the win! If he is relentless about a trip to Hawaii, the perfect Hawaiian gift is a wood map of the islands.
If your man is constantly on the go, keep him charged up with a portable charger or multifunctional docking station. He will be reminded of your thoughtfulness every time he plugs in and refreshes his battery power. Give him the gifts of full bars and organization to keep him productive all day long.
Celebrate his love of the outdoors with a collapsible folding beach table. He will have the coolest set up at the lake or beach. He will love keeping his beer off the ground and his condiments organized on a tabletop that makes him think of you and your gift-giving skills.
Gifts for Kids
It seems like every week you find a birthday party invitation in your child’s school pack – and it’s usually discovered last minute! Save yourself some time and frustration by keeping a few gifts on hand that are both thoughtful and perfect for any child. You will be the envy of all the parents as you glide into the party stress-free.
Best Gifts for Kids
- Fuzzy blanket
There is nothing better for a kid than snuggling down in a fuzzy blanket to watch a movie or read their favorite book. Family time is one of the most beautiful gifts to give a child, so give them a reason to be the center of attention! A Hawaiian gift like a ukulele will encourage them to learn a new skill and keep the whole family entertained at the same time.
Gifts for Your Best Friend
Your bestie is in a class of their own! We often completely stress ourselves out to come up with perfect gifts for every occasion, even though we know they love us unconditionally. Put some extra thought in early, and you will have the ultimate gift for each occasion throughout the year that celebrates the person you proudly call your best friend.
Best Gifts for Best Friends
- Healing crystals
- Trip to Hawaii
- Wine subscription
You worry about your best friend probably more than anyone else in your life. Your concern to keep them healthy is well-received when gifted in the form of healing crystals. They will be thrilled to introduce new healing crystals to their collection or start a new hobby with these thoughtful stones.
Speaking of reducing stress, how about an amazing Hawaiian gift in the form of a trip to Maui? The ultimate Hawaiian gift, a trip to Hawaii, is gifting the experience of a lifetime! With a little advanced planning, a Hawaiian gift like a trip to the islands will absolutely be the best gift your best friend has ever received!
You spend quality time with your best friends, chatting, laughing, and enjoying time together. Give the gift that keeps on giving with a wine subscription. Not only will they have regular deliveries of wine, but you’ll also know a quality bottle will be on-hand next time you visit!
Gifts for a Co-Worker
You spend more time with co-workers than almost anyone else in your life. You share their ups and downs and certainly look for opportunities to celebrate what these extraordinary people bring to your life. Whether you are celebrating birthdays, family successes, or a promotion, with a little advanced planning, you will be ready for every occasion to celebrate your colleagues.
Best Gifts for a Colleague
- Healing crystal
- Cell phone stand
- Portable speaker
Show your co-worker that you care about their mental health with a healing crystal or two for their workspace. Help them clear up mental and physical clutter with a cell phone stand to keep their cell phone in sight and their desktop clean. A portable speaker completes the cleansing, encouraging your co-worker to indulge in meditation podcasts or gentle, calming background tunes.
Gifts for Neighbors
They are the unsung heroes of the cul-de-sac. They are the lenders of tools and the occasional cup of sugar. Our neighbors are what make our neighborhood so special, and we want to take every opportunity to let them know they are appreciated.
Best Gifts for Neighbors
- Hawaiian gifts
- Magazine subscription
When their yard is considered the crown jewel of the neighborhood because of the Hawaiian-themed flora that thrives in their flower beds, you thoughtfully gift Hawaiian gifts like plants native to Hawaii or fossils to decorate their flower beds. You can also celebrate their passion for gardening with the gift of a specialty ornamental landscaping magazine subscription. They will be so touched by your thoughtfulness; they may forget you haven’t returned their tools…
Gifts for Parents
They are the two people who have given you everything, including – as they like to remind you – life itself. It is hard to believe the people you have known the longest have birthdays and an anniversary that still seem to sneak up on you. Be prepared to show them how much they are loved and appreciated by planning ahead and putting your heart into each one of their gifts.
Best Gifts for Mom and Dad
- Hawaiian trip
- Digital picture frame
- Healing crystals
They gave up much so that their kids could have the opportunities they never had. Does it seem a little overboard to give them the Hawaiian gift of a fabulous vacation on the islands? No. No, it doesn’t. Plan ahead because you will want to pack a few tissues for mom when she opens the envelope with the plane tickets.
Let them show off their favorite people – their family squad – and many of their Hawaiian vacation photos in a digital picture frame. Nothing makes them happier than seeing their favorite people every day, and now they can! Load up the frame with some of their best memories, and be sure to include a few extra pictures of yourself, their favorite child.
Your parents have always amazed you with their openness to new interests and ideas. Healing crystals can be a new obsession that can bring balance and calm to their retirement days. Easing into retirement can be stressful, too, so give them a soothing new learning opportunity and start their collection of healing crystals.
Gifts for Teachers
We may have no idea where teachers get their energy, but we know for sure that we cannot live without them! The teachers in our lives shape our children’s minds and imaginations. We do not need a special occasion to let teachers know how much we appreciate them.
Best Gifts for Teachers
- Snack box subscription
- Temperature-controlled mug
- Healing crystals
It seems any gift you give a teacher, their first instinct will be to share it. So, satisfy that urge to share with the gift of snacks! Snacks are little gifts that teachers can enjoy and share, making them the ultimate teacher gift.
Give the gift of a hot cup of tea, hot chocolate, or coffee that doesn’t get cold before they drink it with a temperature-controlled mug. The teacher can keep it close by in the classroom and enjoy that hot beverage during recess or while grading papers. Allow that teacher to “celebrate the moments of their life” with a luxury coffee and some quiet time.
Every teaching space can benefit from the addition of healing crystals. Gift a healing crystal that will balance the classroom environment and promote calm and focus. Teachers are thankful for any opportunity to enhance the learning environment for their students, and healing crystals are a simple yet effective way to cleanse the space.
Gifts for Your Favorite Serving Crew
Do you have a favorite hang-out? A pub where the server crew knows your name and brings your drink before you order it? These special people become a part of our lives and preparing for their celebrations is time well-spent.
Best Gifts for Our Favorite Servers
Serving the public is a super stressful job. Let them know you care about their mental health with gifts of healing crystals on their special occasions. Healing crystals can help balance anxiety, enhance a feeling of calm and balance, and warm their hearts, knowing you thought of them and joined in their celebration.
The gift of a charging station may be an absolute dream come true! How many times are they asked if there is an outlet available to charge a phone – oh, and do you have a charger I can borrow? Be the hometown hero and give a gift that lets them keep on giving power to the people!
Your favorite serving crew is made up of some of the most resilient people you know. Their patience alone gives them superhero status! Shark teeth are seen as a symbol of strength and protection and can be a constant reminder that you respect their skills and their ability to make your night out so much better.
The most important thing to remember any time you are buying a gift is that no matter who the gift is for, your presence is gift enough. It may sound cliché when people say, “it’s the thought that counts,” but it truly is. Buying gifts, even Hawaiian gifts like a vacation to the islands, is secondary to being present for the people we love and appreciate.
Plan to Give Amazing Gifts
If it is essential for you to express yourself through the art of gift-giving, resolve to plan and be prepared for each occasion so that you can thoughtfully present a gift you are proud of, not one that you hurriedly bought on the way to the party. You can successfully up your gift-giving skills without spending more money. With a bit of planning, you can be prepared for every special occasion and amaze everyone on your list with the perfect gift.