The holidays are upon us. Christmas decorations are hanging from storefronts, front yards, and stoops. We’re stocking up on eggnog, we’re getting our first snowfalls, and we’re trying not to get our Christmas trees too early. We’re not at all sick of the Christmas playlists yet. We’re bundled up and ready to snuggle in by the fireplace. With so much festivity in the air, we haven’t even thought about what we’ll get all of our loved ones this holiday season. But then, we should probably start.

If you’ve yet to broach the subject with your family on what they’d like for whichever holiday you celebrate, or if you’re lucky, the multiple holidays you celebrate each year, then you might want to sneakily see or ask what’s on their list this year. If your family is one that’s full of people who like to be surprised, emphasis on the sneaky. If they want exactly what they want, ask them flat out. Just keep in mind that it always helps for a present to be special and individualized.

This could be the year you surprise your family, friends, and partners with a gift that they will never forget.

What to Get for Your Techie Loved One

Everyone probably has someone in their life who loves gadgets. They likely have the latest models of all their favorite tech items, and their car, home, desk, and person is perhaps outfitted accordingly. This might be a hard person to shop for. They already have it all! Also, tech presents will likely be much more expensive than clothes or books, for example. Chances are, your techie loved one doesn’t actually have it all. They must need a little something. Depending on your budget, you can go big with a tablet, earphones, or even a new phone, or you can get something a little cheaper, smaller, and more personalized. For example, phone accessories like cases and other gadgets can be customized and won’t break the bank. Any type of tech accessory is usually a great way to cater to your tech-informed loved one.

What to Get for Your Creative Loved One

Your creative loved one will probably be more impressed with the idea behind the gift rather than the actual gift. For a creative person in your life, it’s nice to get something they can use when they are creating, or that they can use to witness creativity happening first hand. Depending on what your loved one is into, you can get them something they can use for weeks or months to come, like brushes, paints, a sketchbook, a journal, film, or anything you know they regularly use for their creative projects. If this seems like too much of a gift for the everyday, try personalizing the gift a bit. You could also get them tickets to a play, concert, or any other artistic experience they might enjoy. It’s a great way to introduce more activities you can do together in the months to come.

What to Get for Your Loved One Who Has Everything

This is probably the hardest person to shop for. The person who has everything likely doesn’t need to add more items to their overflowing household. They likely have all the newest gadgets, the latest fashion trends, and everything they need for a chic home. That’s why the best way to approach gift-giving for the person who has everything should be with something ultra-personal and one of a kind. Making something specifically for this person will show them that you care. If you don’t have the artistic skills to pull that off, then you might want to give them something they can do rather than have. Much like your creative loved one, a gift that will give an experience rather than an item will almost always be more memorable.

What to Get for Your Parents

Your parents spent years making sure your holiday season was filled with joy, love, and gifts. As we get older, it’s always nice to return the favor. If you find yourself struggling with what to get your parents this holiday season, try and get them something that will commemorate past holidays. It’s lovely to have memories immortalized in a portrait, an object, or a film or photo project. This season, try getting your parents something that tangibly shows the love you have for them. If you get something particularly sentimental, they will get to enjoy it all the time, and even display it in their home. This is also a great gift to collaborate with your siblings on.

What to Get for Your Siblings

Depending on how many siblings you have, you’ll want to make sure that one doesn’t get “more” than any other one. If you have multiple siblings, you might want to get a gift that you all can enjoy. Gag gifts are especially good for your siblings, because it’s usually easier to joke around with them than it is with other family members. You’re all on the same playing field. Matching pajamas are always a winner. Another safe bet is personalised jackets. If you want to go to the more sentimental route, then you could get your siblings a gift similar to one that would be fitting for your parents. Even if you’re not too close to your siblings, it’s sweet to have a reminder that you care about each other through shared memories and experiences. If your siblings are already parents, don’t forget to get something for their little ones, too. There are tons of options for functional and fashionable kids’ clothes on websites like

Spreading Joy

Gift shopping can be overwhelming and expensive. Before you freak out about all the gifts you have to buy and money you’ll inevitably have to drop, remember the most important part of the holidays first. You should be spreading the joy of the season, as well as making your gifts as stand-out special as possible, so your loved ones can keep the memory alive until next year.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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