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 $25.
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
Okay. You don’t mind if I include this one, do you? I’ve had so many people write in how much they enjoy giving this book as a gift to the people they love. The message is simple, encouraging, and clear—and a lovely way to encourage anyone’s marriage. Also, the companion book, 100 Ways to Love Your Wife by Matthew L Jacobson. Available on Amazon 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
This journal was created to list out those things we are grateful for. It can dramatically impact your life by writing only 3 a day and in a year that adds up to 1,000 gratitudes! There are a little over 1,000 lines making it the perfect journal to list your 1,000 Gifts! Because it is blank lined pages, you can use in whatever way you like though! Available—>HERE
I hardly know where to begin. I am such a big fan of Stitch Fix! Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t have much time or patience to go shopping, but would like to stay “up-to-date” and feel good about what I wear. That’s when my young adult daughters told me about Stitch Fix, a personal online shopping service. They love it and so do I! (Actually, our oldest son does too, as they have a line for men). You might want to give a gift certificate for a friend, or consider looking into it for yourself! Learn more—>HERE
Stitch Fix is available as a Subscription OR offers a Gift Card too!
6. Flirty Apron
It’s not easy finding a really cute and really practical gift for under $35 but this one fits all those criteria. (Available in other charming designs – you’ll have a hard time making up your mind!). Available—HERE
A lovely throw and an inspirational hymn which together makes for a beautiful gift for someone you love. Reasonably priced and made in 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.
I love wearing my Faithful Woman t-shirt! It’s my go-to comfortable and classy shirt to slip on for everyday. It’s also my go-to for gifts for friends and family! (Comes in different colors too). Available—>HERE
All holiday food is great, but for us it’s all about baking. We take out the family’s old recipe book and delight in those flavors and aromas that bring back our most beautiful memories. Reuse the Cast Iron Cookie Skillets for the holiday season again and again & incorporate your own family’s favorite cookie cutters so you batch bake for your neighbors and friends. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a homemade cookie platter or cookie tin. Available—>HERE
GraceLaced is about more than pretty florals and fanciful brushwork—it’s about flourishing. With carefully crafted intention, this beautiful volume of 32 seasonal devotions from artist and author Ruth Chou Simons encourages readers in any circumstance to become deeply rooted in God’s faithful promises. Available—>HERE
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 for a friend! Available—>HERE
Okay, there you are! These are the things I’m recommending this year for gift ideas.
Well, for sisters and girlfriends, that is.
*Please share any of your own good ideas – for guys or gals – with us? I’m all ears!
In His grace,
*A small reminder, or if you’re new here: If you purchase the items through the links here, I might get a small affiliate compensation – with no additional cost to you – from some of them and so I thank you for that. But while I appreciate your purchase, you should also know that I share this as my genuine opinion and personal enthusiasm for these items. See my full disclosure here.