Shopping for gifts is nothing less than frustrating and overwhelming. The recipient, whoever they may be, already has everything or doesn’t want anything. Talk about a pickle!
Forget giving them something they like, what about the pressure of giving something both creative and thoughtful? You probably already have a headache. That’s why we have done the brainstorming for you by coming up with four thoughtful, creative, and original gifts you should consider giving this year:
1. The Gift of an Experience: A Weekend Getaway
If there is one thing our culture is obsessed with, it’s experiences. So why not give on for Christmas? Since the launch of companies like Airbnb, weekend getaways are now more affordable than ever.
From mother-daughter trips to romantic getaways with your significant other, Airbnb has locations all over the country (and world for that matter) for just about any occasion. Not to mention, the prices outperform most hotels and create a more personal and private experience.
2. The Gift of Sleep: A New Mattress
Did you know, your sleep is most likely to suffer around the holidays? That’s a scary thought considering proper rest is what gives us the strength we need to face the shopping center parking lot, our children’s ever-changing Christmas list, and god-knows, the in-laws.
Yet, lack of sleep is an epidemic taking the country by storm—research shows 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. And lack of sleep comes with slew of health issues, like an increased risk of high blood pressure, immunodeficiency, diabetes, weight gain, and heart disease.
Your mattress has a huge impact on sleep quality. You might say it’s the performance tool for getting your best sleep. But if your bed is over 10 years old, it’s likely hurting your sleep more than helping it. Although a mattress is a more expensive gift, the good news is the launch of online companies like Leesa, Nectar, Casper, and many more give you access to quality mattress for under $1,000. The best part is it’s shipped right to your door!
Don’t know where to start in your search? Here’s an awesome quiz to help you find the perfect mattress for yourself or the person you are shopping for! (P.S. there are some KILLER holiday deals going on right now.)
3. The Gift of One Less Thing to Do: A Meal Subscription Service
If you have a friend who works full-time, a mom, or a neighbor with children that’s close to you, this next gift might just be their saving grace.
After a long day at work, shuttling the kids around, or even running errands, the last thing you want to do is cook dinner. By the time you go to the store, cook the meal, eat, and clean up, your evening is shot. Giving the gift of a meal subscription service might just be the best gift your love ones have ever received. Why? Because it gives them more than food—it gives them time back in their day.
A gift like this is made possible through companies like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. Although you have to assemble the meal, there is no prep work or grocery store runs involved. You’ll have everything you need ready to throw in the pan! Subscriptions are customizable to how many mouths there are that need feeding and how many meals a week you’d like to order. Prices range anywhere from $48 to $119 depending on the frequency and size of your meals.
Even two meals a week for four weeks could be a wonderful gift and a huge blessing to friends and family.
4. The Gift of Quality Time: Date Night
The last one is for all you lovebirds out there.
Date night is important in any relationship, especially if you are married or in a serious relationship. Research shows going on dates frequently improves commitment, relationship satisfaction, communication, and parental stability. Yet, date night can often feel like a chore.
Can you imagine going on an amazing date that is affordable, creative, and requires little planning? You are probably such a thing doesn’t exist. Well, believe it or not, it does!
Date Night in a Box is a company that brings fun and affordable dates right to your door each month. No planning required. All you need is your significant other and the contents that come in the box. Amazing!
The average date night out costs around $100. Compared to a single date night in provided by Date Night in a Box which only costs $40. You can purchase anywhere from one date ($40) to a 12-month subscription ($464). Date night for 2019: check!
Hopefully you now have a good place to start on your holiday shopping! If now of these gift ideas fit the bill, hopefully they at least got your creative juices flowing. Happy shopping!