Tips for Perfect Holiday Gift Giving: 6 Thoughtful Ideas for Everyone on Your List

By Brittni • posted on 08/30/2023

Tips for Giving Awesome Gifts During the Holidays

Holiday gift giving really isnt as hard as it may seem. But I totally understand that it can be stressful to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.

So I partnered with Lindt to share my tips for perfect holiday gift giving and have some specific gift ideas to share, as well, for anyone who may be especially stuck.

So lets jump into my four tips for giving the perfect gift”¦

1. Remember Who Youre Buying For: This sounds like a silly one, but youd be surprised by the number of people who forget this. Example: We all have our own personal style. Right? But, your style is not necessarily everyone elses style.

SO, when youre buying a gift for someone that practically lives in pink flowy bohemian skirts and dresses, you probably shouldnt get her a black t-shirt with biker studs running down the sides. Sure, you may like it, but she may not.

2. Think Hobbies + Interests: Does your mom love to cook? Is your husband obsessed with brewing his own beer? These hobbies and interest will lead you to a perfect gift idea. Just make sure to think back to number one, remembering the particular style that the giftee gravitates toward as well, and youre golden.

3. Listen Up: You know that notoriously hard to buy for person on your list? Well, theyre probably not as difficult to buy for as you think. You just have to listen. Pretty much everyone mentions things that they want to buy or things theyve really been liking lately at some point or another. You just have to pay attention when you hear them speak of an idea that would be gift-worthy. I learned this one from my mom. Thanks Mom!

And if said person legitimately never talks about that kind of thing, you can easily work it into the conversation casually. “Have you seen XYZ that just came out? Man, I want one”¦ Have you seen anything cool lately that I should check out?”

4. Go Undercover: When Im searching for gifts for friends and even some of my family members, I troll their Pinterest boards to see items that theyve most recently pinned. I did that recently with a friend of mine and it turned out great. The giftee gets exactly what he or she wants, and is completely surprised at the same time. Win-win!

You can do this with wish lists on sites like Amazon and Giftry as well, if Pinterest isnt your thing.

And if those 4 tips dont get your gift-giving juices flowing, here are 6 specific + thoughtful gift ideas to get you started”¦

Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for the Cook

1. Gift for the Cook: Know someone that likes to cook? Put together a little care package with cool kitchen items theyll love, like a giant handmade spoon or a colorful mini strainer.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

2. Gift for your Neighbor: Not sure what to gift your neighbor this year? How about a box of premium chocolates, like a box of Lindt LINDOR truffles. Chocolates are always a hit! And when theyre packaged with a cool wrapping paper, like this shibori print gift wrap, it makes it all the more special.

Add a holiday ornament gift topper for a two in one gift idea.

Awesome Gift Ideas for the Crafter

3. Gift for the Creative: Creative people can always use another notebook. Sure, they have plenty of notepads stacked up already, but a new one is always better, right?

Add a few other supplies, like decorative washi tape, tiny transparent envelopes, and a fun pair of scissors, and you have a really great gift package to give.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Hip Friend

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Hip Friend

4. Gift for your Hip Friend: Plants never go out of style, especially succulents, air plants, and cacti. Theyre pretty affordable, so you wont break the bank with this gift idea. Just make sure to snag an interesting vessel, and youre good to go.

I bought this planter separately from the succulents and then arranged them myself in the new container to make the gift a little more special.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

5. Gift for the Coffee Lover: A bag of coffee may seem like a pretty typical gift. But what if its a bag of coffee from the recipients hometown or a city that they love? Now, thats thoughtful!

I checked a few specialty shops in my area before finding a coffee made in Savannah, for my friend who went to SCAD and misses Savannah now that shes moved to Michigan.

Feel like thats not enough? Include a cool coffee mug that suits the personality of whomever youre giving the gift to, and youre in business.

Holiday Bouquet Idea with Pink Ranunculus

DIY Hostess Gift // Tea Towel Wrapped Holiday Bouquet

6. Gift for the Cool Hostess: If youre headed to any holiday parties this year, be sure to try this DIY gift idea. A small bouquet of flowers, like ranunculus mixed with evergreen branches, looks great and is pretty inexpensive. Plus, you can make it yourself, which adds more thought and care to the gift.

Wrap the finished bouquet in a uniquely printed tea towel and this gift pulls double-duty as two gifts in one.

This post is sponsored by Lindt and originally appeared on Momtastic. Be sure to check out Lindt Chocolate on Facebook  and for more amazing holiday gifts.

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Awesome. Glad to hear that, Natalia. They are definitely delicious.


I never comment but I just wanted to say those are my favorite chocolates in the WORLD. Anytime someone I know travels, I ask them to bring me some from the airport (they’re not for sale where I live) So I treasure every single one of them bomboms.

natalia h

Thanks Laura!


Great ideas! And the wrapping inspo could be a post on it’s own!
xoxo, Laura


Oh, good. Glad to hear that, Lauren.


Would definitely love the stationery package!
Lauren // OhHay Blogs!


Smart to jot it down in your phone, Rachel! I’m going to have to try that. I normally just try to remember on my own and sometimes I forget.


You are so right about listening to people! I make it a point to try to listen and remember when someone I love mentions they like something or need something. I keep a running list in my phone of things they’ve mentioned – that way when Christmas approaches or even a birthday I have a list of go to items instead of scrambling at the last minute!

xo Rachel

Rachel from Rose Tinted Home

Thanks Daisy and Kimberly. 🙂


Love how simple and elegant that bouquet is! I try to listen throughout the year and typically nail gifts for my husband. I need to do a better job of investigating the perfect gifts for other family members. Love the ideas you’ve presented here!


Love this post. You definitely nailed it– good gifts come from being thoughtful!! 🙂

Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

Thanks Pauline. It’s from Paper Source.


I love the wrapping paper for the chocolate box! So nice-looking 🙂


Glad you like ’em, Arielle.


I love all of these gifts and tips. they’re all so simple and inexpensive. thanks for putting this together!

love, arielle
a simple elegance

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