When you don’t know what gift to buy your sister or your friends, this guide should help get you started!
She met me at our local cafe so we could spend a long overdue afternoon together.
But while we were waiting for the barrista to make my cardamom latte (yes, and yum!), my friend poked around looking at the goods displayed around the shop.
With some apology, she explained that she was looking for the “perfect gift” for her sister-in-law for Christmas. Not always the easiest of assignments.
You know, something unique? Special? And preferably meaningful?
And she wondered if that alpaca yarn was just the right thing….
No explanation was necessary. I didn’t have any trouble understanding her dilemma and encouraged her to poke around to her heart’s content.
And then pondered this annual Christmas gift-challenge while sipping on my cardamom latte.
Now my guess is that my friend isn’t the only one who is scratching her head in the search for that “simply wonderful” present for her friends and relations this year.
So with that in mind, I thought I’d share with you some of my best ideas for great gifts this year.
Presents that are special and sweet.
And can be found for under $40.
And even better yet? You don’t have to ever leave your house to go shopping. Yay!
12 Perfect Gift Ideas
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Whenever my friends see my Journaling Bible, they inevitably ask, “WHERE did you get that?” If you’re not familiar with journaling, this is a Bible with a large, lined margin where you can write notes, thoughts, prayers, or simply doodle. It’s a lovely and popular way to go through your Bible! Available—>HERE
Couples with great marriages know one simple truth: the best marriages are made up of many everyday decisions that say, “I love you” rather than those that say, “I love me.”
When we put the other person first, even in little ways, we find true fulfillment. 100 Ways to Love Your Husband offers wives who want to love their husbands practical, hands-on advice to start applying immediately. A wonderful gift to encourage a sister or friend in her marriage!
*The companion book, 100 Ways to Love Your Wife by Matt Jacobson is also available. 45% off when purchased together! –>HERE
Isn’t this gorgeous though? That’s what I thought too. Both a practical and inspiring gift for anyone who enjoys writing down her thoughts or travels along the way. Made of thick, genuine leather, it’s refillable and comes with a pen too. Available–>HERE
4. Yearly Prayer Journal by Val Marie Paper
I’m not sure there’s any better gift than giving the “gift of prayer” to someone. And I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful and inspiring the prayer journal is and such a truly lovely gift! I have one myself and it’s a real treasure I will always keep. Not only has it inspired me to be more faithful in praying, but I’m grateful for the record it is to keep for years to come. (You might want to also get one for yourself, by the way!). Available—>HERE
So I was given an apron like this one, and I wear it ALL the time! I even get compliments on it (because I keep forgetting to take it off when our company arrives – lol!). This apron is seriously cute!! Available—>HERE
This blanket is so comfortable; there’s something peaceful about being literally wrapped in scripture. I enjoy everything about it, and the kind words sent from the company are a lovely gesture. Highly recommended. Available—>HEREn the USA! Available—>HERE
I never get tired of recommending this book. I recently shared it with a dear friend, and she wrote me back when only halfway through it, to say what a gem of a book it was. Naturally, I agreed. I’ve written more about it here. Or you can find it on Amazon here.
These books offer you 100 ways to love and encourage your husband that deeply encourage, affirm, and inspire. Start speaking these words into each other’s lives and watch your spouse—and your relationship—transform before your eyes. A beautiful gift for any wife who wants to grow in her marriage!
*The companion book, 100 Words of Affirmation Your Wife Needs to Hear by Matt Jacobson is also available. 25% off when purchased together! –>HERE
I’m sharing this because my son got it for me last Christmas and I use it ALL the time! I actually have a couple of other diffusers (don’t tell him, please) but now only use those as a back-up because this one is hands-down my favorite. Why? Because it’s QUIET and it’s CLASSY. I have it right in the middle of my living room and get so many compliments (how often do you get a compliment on your diffuser, really?). Available—>HERE.
I thought soap was simply “soap” until I tried the Bend Soap Company and that changed everything! (at least when it comes to soap :)) And if you’re wondering if this would make a neat gift item for your friend? I’ll just tell you that my young adult children call me up and ASK for this every Christmas. So yes, it’s a terrific gift idea! And I cannot exaggerate the quality of their products. They have some awesome gift sets if you want to go that route, or you can always slip them in as scented stocking stuffers!
My longtime friend and kitchen companion told me I just HAD to have one of these. I finally relented and I’m so glad I did! They are as handy, healthy, and as much fun as they’re claimed to be. I use mine OFTEN. (And I got the cookbook to go with it for inspiring ideas: Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals) Makes for a great gift — for you or a friend! Available—>HERE
I first bought this Belgian Waffle Maker for myself. Then our family enjoyed (and used it often!) so much that I decided to give it as a gift for my sister-in-law. Let’s just say it was a real hit! She’s still talking about it, so I consider that a definite score! 🙂 Available—>HERE
*To complete the gift, I also included this fun cookbook: Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron
Okay, there you are! These are the things I’m recommending this year for gift ideas.
Well, for sisters and girlfriends, that is.
In His grace,