Solving the Gift-Giving Dilemma

December is here, and along with a busy schedule, it heralds in the season of gift giving, which is the topic the Liv Northgate Blog is covering this week. If you have planned ahead and are already prepared with your gifts wrapped and ready for the intended recipients, good for you. If, however, you still have the majority of your shopping to do, read through these tips before you head out to the Gilbert, AZ, shopping scene. They will come in handy for planning purposes. Plus, we have some ideas for those last-minute gift needs that always crop up!


Keeping It Simple

If you are planning on giving multiple gifts to someone, we think this is a practical way to keep gift giving under control — give these four gifts:  


Something they want,

Something they need,

Something to wear,

And something to read.


A few ways to tweak this list could include a gift to share (a game, family movie night kit, food gift basket, etc.), a gift to a charity, a gift of service, or a handmade gift. The basic premise is simple, so have fun with creating the perfect mix of four gifts to fit your needs.


Last-Minute Gift Ideas

It happens every year: suddenly you need a gift for someone you either forgot or didn’t think about getting a gift for — ooops! But with a little planning and creativity, you can be prepared ahead of time. Food is always a good option, whether it’s a gift basket filled with cheeses and crackers or fruit or a mix-in-a-jar for cookies or homemade soup, it’s a fun way to share.


Movie passes or tickets to a concert, theater, or sporting event are easy last-minute gifts to consider. Passes to a recreation center or museum may be just the thing for someone on your list. Lessons or classes make a great gift, too. How about fencing classes, painting lessons, or cooking lessons? So many things are available, you’ll surely be able to find something that matches your recipient’s interests.


Other Resources

We found these sites too, with some holiday-specific ideas for gift giving:


35 Inexpensive Gifts for Friends & Neighbors


The Best Hanukkah Gift Ideas  


Gifts for Winter Solstice


25 Exciting Picks for Kwanzaa


What are your gift giving strategies during the holiday season? We’d love to hear about them; please share in the comments. Thanks for reading today’s post, and happy holidays to everyone in our apartment community!