Have a friend, relative, or secret Santa pick who is impossible to shop for? Check out these go-to gifts that would please anyone at any age, from the person who has it all to the person you hardly know.
Most people have months of chilly weather ahead after the holiday season. Help warm up your friend or loved one with a warm winter scarf. Since it's a one-size-fits-all accessory, it couldn't be simpler to pick out.
Fruit of the Month
Filling up someone's fruit bowl with gourmet fresh fruits is a sweet (and healthy) holiday gesture. Harry and David offers a Fruit-of-the-Month-Club collection with options ranging from three to 12 months, and fruit selections that include pears, pineapples, peaches, and cherries.
Except for a major Scrooge, almost anyone would love to receive an ornament or two to trim his tree, and you can find one for any hobby or interest.
If the gift recipient is over age 21, you could even attach the ornament to a bottle of wine or his favorite spirit.
Restaurant Gift Card
Most folks are eating out less often these days to save money, so treat someone you love to dinner at a favorite restaurant.
Check out reviews of local restaurants in the person's neighborhood, or choose a crowd-pleasing chain restaurant. Since most establishments allow you to buy gift cards online, purchasing one is an easy and time-saving option.
Cozy slippers are another gift option to suit almost anyone, and the prices can fit any budget. Whether you buy $10 plush slip-ons or $60 shearling booties or moccasins, you'll be keeping toes toasty warm through the winter months. If you aren't sure about the size, just be sure to get a gift receipt.
Mug with Hot Cocoa
Another heart-warming Christmas gift is a mug paired with a package of hot chocolate and marshmallows, gourmet coffee, or tea. Choose either a festive holiday mug that can be used during the holiday season, or a neutral one that might be more useful year-round.
Bath Product Gift Set
Everybody bathes! A basket of bath products, such as body wash and lotion, always comes in handy. Avoid strong scents, such as floral, and instead go for ocean-inspired or clean linen type of scents that have a broader appeal. Throw in a loofah or sponge and a wooden massager to complete the gift.
Blanket or Throw
Everyone, young and old, loves to wrap themselves up with a warm blanket or throw on a cold winter night. Choose what fits your budget, from affordable fleece to luxurious cashmere. Have it monogrammed with her initials for a special touch.
Have a more adventurous gift in mind? If he can walk, he can snowshoe! It's true — snowshoeing is one of the most simple and accessible winter sports, enjoyed by kids on up to seniors.
Plus, snowshoes can be much more affordable than other winter sports equipment, starting around $50 for ones that strap on over any winter boot.
Amazon Gift Card
If your gift recipient has online access, you can't go wrong with an Amazon.com gift card. It's not the most original or heartfelt gift, but it's practical, and therefore, money well spent.