This year, we need great holiday gifts more than ever. With the pandemic and all it has put us through, gifts that delight –rather than those that are more practical– are what’s trending this holiday season, according to the New York Magazine’s The Strategist 2020 holiday shopping trends webinar BabyProductsMom attended recently.
To delight gift recipients, practice the thoughtful art of picking up on the subtle clues we’re always dropping about ourselves. As mentioned this post, “When people I’ve bought gifts for ask me, ‘How did you know I liked that?’ I always say, ‘I just paid attention,’” says Aileen Avery, a Los Angeles gift expert and author of Gift Rap: The History and Art of Gift Giving.
Start with: What do your gift recipients like to do? Feel free to drill down into your memory bank. Do they like to take baths? Take walks after dark? Plan charcuterie parties? What are their hobbies? If they have a baby on the way, what’s still outstanding on their baby registry? If they just got married, what didn’t get get from their wedding registry?
Thoughtful, delightful gifts can do wonders. They can bring us together, even if we have to be apart. They can make us feel understood, loved and appreciated. They can make us smile and help us heal, one special occasion at a time. They can brighten your day every time you use that great gift.
All told, a lot is wrapped up in being a good holiday gifter in 2020. But these gift ideas for everyone on your list can help you rise to the occasion.
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Okay, this gifty is on the practical side. But Earth to Skin hand sanitizers possess the delight factor because they come in fun scents, such as coconut + aloe, blueberry and lemon + basil. Available at Walmart.
Gifts for New Parents
The Infantino Pat & Play water mat, Wee Wild Ones is the baby water park version of tummy time. Just fill the center with water and watch your baby do push ups with the play mat’s six floating sea pals. Perfect for sensory play.
Dressing alike on Christmas morning in these cozy PajamaGram family matching Christmas jammies will make everyone smile. Whether Grandpa and Grandma will by joining you on Zoom or in person, be sure to get a pair for them too.
If you have pricey but coveted items on your baby wish list–maybe you didn’t even dare put them on your baby registry–such as the Snoo, a BOB jogging stroller, the UPPABaby Cruz V2 or the Doona car seat stroller, now’s the time to drop hints. Black Friday, Cyber Monday typically offer the best deals of the year. Shop early; offers are often only available while supplies last.
In fact, the Snoo is 25% off for Black Friday.
And be sure to grab your Snoo sleep sacks at 40% off. You’ll need the Snoo Sleep Sacks for the Snoo, not to be confused with the Sleepea swaddle. You’ll need Snoo sleep sacks for the Snoo, not the Sleepea swaddle.
The Doona car seat stroller in storm grey is 20% off–a $100 savings.
Gifts for Grandparents
Grandparents will delight in seeing new images of the grandkids in their photo frame, without having to do anything or master new technology. With the Brookstone PhotosShare Digital Photo Frame, you can send treasured images from your phone to the frame, using the PhotoShare Frame app (iOS and Android) if the PhotoShare digital frame is connected to Wifi. The frames’ 8GB onboard memory will hold roughly 5,000 images.
An annual Masterclass membership will surely delight lifelong learner types. Masterclass delivers 90+ world renowned instructors across 90+ categories.
Gift for Her
Whether they’re watching TV, studying or cozying up with a good memoir like this or this one, people whose feeties are always cold will appreciate these snuggly heated slippers, which reach an internal temperature of 122 degrees F.
Weighted blankets are designed to help adults and children relax, so they can rest, recharge and sleep more comfortably by using deep touch pressure, a sensory experience similar to a comforting hug. Weighted blankets can be pricey. But the Tranquility weighted blanket starts at just $25. The blanket for adults is available in 15 and 20 pounds. The Tranquility kid’s weighted blanket is 6 pounds.
The Jackson Pollock mats, available in two prints, are gorgeous but functional, providing the perfect artful surface for all forms of yoga and exercise. Yoga Zeal mats combine yoga mat and yoga towel to prevent slipping. Other stunning mats are also available.
Gifts for Teens
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Music in the shower? Duh! If you’ve got teens to buy for, this gift will signal that you “get” them. The iFox iF012 Bluetooth certified waterproof wireless shower speaker pairs easily to Bluetooth devices, such as phones, tablets.
Gifts for the Whole Family
For the bakers and bakers to be on your gift list, Baketivity baking kits take the guesswork out of whipping up tasty treats in the kitchen. The kit includes a creative, easy to follow recipe and pre-measured ingredients. Kit options include Bug Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Cinnamon Rolls, Whoopie Pies, Bagels and more. A perfect activity for grandparents who love to bake and little bakers!
Secret Santa Gift Idea