Each year, our staff loves to share their holiday gift ideas. It’s interesting to note there is a common thread: Gifts from the heart, gifts that come with memories and gifts of time.
Happy holidays from the staff of M3 Group!
As I’ve aged a bit, I am less interested in material things and more inclined to give and request experiential gifts. These do not have to cost a lot of money. It’s more about spending time with people you care about or trying something new. Or, the best would be trying a new activity together.
My ideal gift is a practical one. Create a basket of goodies combining everyday useful items with some unique, fun pieces. It’s best to stick with a theme, whether it be housewarming, spa day, baking, coffee lover or travel. The options are endless!
I really like board games and there’s some great new games that have come out in the past couple years. It’s a great gift and a great way to get your friends and family together!
I like to get people tickets to events (sports, concerts, shows). If you buy yourself a ticket/multiple tickets for a group, you get to share the experience with them, making it even more special.
Gift lists are super-important. I always ask what someone has on their list and try to get them something that they have specifically asked for. They are happy, I’m happy and you don’t run the risk of regifting!
I like to give monthly subscriptions to services like Mystery Tackle Box for the fisherman in the family, Under Armour’s ArmourBox for the athlete or My Garden Box for the gardener.
I love creating memories with gifting tickets to a theater event, a day at the spa, movie tickets, a painting class, an escape room session, a laser tag session, membership to a museum or a trip to try out whitewater rafting.
I love to give scratch-off lottery tickets because it’s something people usually don’t buy for themselves. When they win, they are so excited!
I feel that a gift is something that reminds you of the one who gave it. I think indoor plants, which grow just like our relations, or chimes would be a good idea to add beauty to one’s home.
I have certain friends who I give the same variation of gifts to year after year. For example, my best guy friend gets a new pocket square from me every year. It’s fun to keep a tradition going.
The Mitten State is a proud place and I love to give something that fits the person and makes them think of home. A mitten pillow, a cute Michigan charm, a T-shirt with some outlandish outdoor saying are all great gifts, or check out Homesick Candles so you can give the gift of home for anywhere! Homesickcandles.com
I have family in different states so during the holidays we use the app Giftster. Everyone in your Giftster group can see what has been purchased so there are not duplicate gifts. I know when using this app my family members are receiving gifts they asked for, which means NO returns!
I think giving a gift of thought is a great gift. When someone sees that you clearly put thought into the gift given, it can warm their heart! Think about something that really connects you and that person, think of something that they really love, something that reminds you of them or vice versa, or something that they will forever cherish.
For the person who loves being crafty, look up a cute craft online and get the pieces for it. When they open their gift, they have a fun project to work on and will have a perfect keepsake!
If you are looking for a truly unique gift for someone – goat yoga! Michigan is one of only seven states that offers Original Goat Yoga, where you can take a yoga class and have adorable baby goats to play with! Check out Hilltop Views Farm!
I love giving books as gifts. If I know a person’s likes, I can customize the book to their interests. If it is an unknown, I choose a book such as Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” or “One Summer” by Bill Bryson about the summer of 1927 (which includes local mentions.)
Coffee enthusiasts will rave about the superiority of a French-pressed cup from home, but they might agree that it’s not exactly convenient. The Presse by bobble is a game changer. When paired with an electric kettle and a freshly ground bag of your favorite blend, this portable tumbler allows you to nix inconvenience without sacrificing quality!
I like to share my hobbies with friends and family – like camping and hiking. You can find great deals this time of year, like 20-40 percent off at online retailers. I’ll go with stocking stuffers like water bottles, hats and headlamps – or go big and buy me a new tent. I mean for your loved ones of course.
I like to give the gift of music, movies, games and comics/books – sounds nerdy, but I love sitting on the couch with the missus listening to records and playing games or reading.
I like to buy an ornament for an event that has happened during the year – engagement, wedding, pregnancy, new baby. It’s a gift to keep and cherish.
I think art supplies are a great gift for anyone, even if they aren’t necessarily artistic. Whether it’s something as simple as a coloring book or a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s watercolors for your aspiring artist. Either way, it’s a great gift to get people much-needed time away from screens.
I like to give DIY gifts for Christmas. I think it’s more meaningful and is a gift straight from the heart!
Petlandia. This unique, personalized storybook is hand-illustrated and custom to your pet. Visit petlandia.com and in a few minutes you can create a pawsome story book for any pet-lover on your list!
When I give gifts, I always try to give in a way to make the recipient really happy. I try not to buy a gift just because. I want to give something that the person would actually be excited about; if I can afford it, I’ll get it.
Lotions are an easy-to-find gift at just about any store. It makes a great gift for my girlfriend, mom and grandma, and everyone loves them.
When possible, I like to give something that has an emotional connection to the person receiving it. When my parents had to cut down the backyard crabapple tree last year that my brother and I spent our childhoods climbing, I made sure to save a section to make as a clock for my brother so he would always have a piece of the tree.