It is the season of giving. Sure, you’ll get some stuff, but presenting someone you love with something you know they’ll love is a present all on its own. But we’re all super-busy, and we all leave things to the last minute. Everything is a rush. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. We have our gift of the day options, our guide to gifting the girl who has everything, 23 pajama sets for Christmas morning, 14 surprisingly awesome gifts you can get at the airport, 25 Secret Santa gifts under $25, our first-ever second-best gift guide, 18 killer hostess gifts (that are not wine), and 14 gift sets that actually save you cash in the long run.
But we have more ideas, because our brains are always cranking away. So here’s how to handle…
GIFTS FOR DAD
Some dads don’t want ties, it’s true. (But if your dad wants a tie, here’s the one to get.) So what do you get a dad who can’t handle a tie? Straight from a real dad’s mouth, here’s what they’re looking for: a micro torch ($40); an LED head lamp ($23); You Are Here by Chris Hadfield; ($19); Hockey Towns by Ron Maclean ($20); the Modern Gent’s Post-Party Rescue Kit ($32); a Marshall Bluetooth speaker ($500); a Hemingway pen set ($18); a Royal Canadian Air Force kit bag ($150); a lounge set ($22.50); and the original Black Christmas ($20), starring Margot Kidder.
GIFTS FOR MOM
Moms are different. They don’t seem to have specifics in mind, according to one mom who is telling it like it is. Mom wants thoughtful gifts, and not just the macaroni-and-glue variety. Take mental notes, like what does mom need, and what colour is her jacket? The answer might be new slippers (like these, for $120), or a pair of red mittens ($14.50) to go with her navy jacket. When in doubt, mama can always use a new bag ($48.50). She even says a good pair of kitchen shears is a great gift, as long as it is a need (which, for her, it certainly was).
GIFTS FOR TEENS
Don’t worry, teens are not that hard to understand. They might seem a little puzzling, but three teens came together in a room in the video below and talked about what they really want. It’s not that outrageous, really. They want quality hoodies (probably something to do with the Biebz), Under Armour underwear ($30), “hats,” a Go Pro Hero ($180), a curling iron ($60), and Pie Face ($20) or Sequence ($28).
Random people coming over and bringing really nice gifts are both a blessing and a curse. Don’t be stuck without something nice to give in return. So find some cute gifts, like a Ferrero Rocher Grand, Pandora charms, slippers, or mittens ($23), and have those gifts pre-wrapped and tucked away. Crisis officially averted.
GIFTS UNDER $50
So, we all know that the holidays are stressful, but they don’t have to be. You can do gifts on a budget, and opt out of your long-standing tradition of buying junkie novelties. The folks at Winners, Marshalls and Homesense looked at some best bets from behind their own doors, and here’s what’s good right now for under $50: a wool scarf ($39); adult colouring books ($10 each); a glass container that holds perfume ($39); a travel wallet ($19); a set of travel pouches ($13); a wooden Tic-Tac-Toe set; a “cat cave” shaped like a Christmas tree and made out of boiled wool ($50); a smart phone projector ($17); and a snow globe ($20).