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Unwrapping joy: this holiday season’s gift guide

Infographic by Sydney Johnson

The holiday season is coming upon us quickly, and it’s easy to put off finding the perfect presents. But when the looming threat of gift-giving awaits, it is hard to fully enjoy the festivities. Worried about how you can accurately show your appreciation and close connection for loved ones through gifts? I’m here to help.

For Mom

Starting off with a difficult task, moms are often tough to buy for. Candles and fuzzy socks seem offensive at this point due to how overdone they are. If your mom seems to own everything, make her a custom calendar or scrapbook with family photos. If you are artistic, painting a special memory or your house, will make her smile. If all else fails, make a “coupon” book for free massages, dishwashing and laundry services (at your own risk). If you are in the spending mood, consider jewelry, new cookware, eyeglasses or anything she has been slyly dropping hints about for months. 

For Dad

Dads may be even harder to shop for. Could he use slippers? Pajama pants? A new wallet? Does he have a typical dad hobby that could be supplemented? Think of golf balls, grill accessories or outdoorsy supplies. Maybe he needs a new scent, a simple set with body wash, lotion and cologne. A useful and personal gift for dads is one way to go. Another could be surprising him with a watch party for his favorite team’s game or television show; setting out snacks, bringing all his favorite people and being interested in what he’s watching for once. 

For siblings

It’s vital to get your sibling a better gift than they got you. Something practical is a great idea, reminding them of you each time they use it. Airtags are a great option, that way they have no chance of annoying you by asking if you know where their *blank* is. Or buy you and your sibling or even family matching pajamas, leaving no room for them to steal your clothes! 

For anyone

If a material item does not make sense for someone, buying concert tickets or another experience will suit them better. Anyone can enjoy a personalized playlist with their favorite music, a nice heartfelt card or hot cocoa and a holiday movie night. Surprise them with a home-cooked meal or reservation at their favorite restaurant! You can also show your care by making them a short film that explores memory lane through pictures, videos and memories you share. 

The holiday season is always hectic, but gifts don’t have to contribute to the stress. Plan as early as you can and don’t show up empty-handed for those who you love. Remember, a great present doesn’t have to have monetary value. Whomever is receiving your gift will love the effort, time or personal connection it has, whether it’s a parent, friend or sibling. For whatever holiday you are celebrating, spread your love with a thoughtful gift!

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About the Contributor
Sydney Johnson
Sydney Johnson, Games Editor
Sydney Johnson is a senior at Redwood High School and is the games editor for the Redwood Bark. She enjoys spending time with friends and going to the beach.