Okay, this is going to sound really
Rule #1 For a Stress-Free Holiday: Ditch the Gift Exchange
I’ve got to say – this makes the holidays 4038% more enjoyable and less stressful. If you can convince your family to avoid gift exchanges, I highly recommend doing it. You can buy your own shaving cream and ill-fitting sweaters from the Gap, you don’t need the formalities of having them wrapped and presented as a special surprise.
If Rule #1 Fails: Give Smart Gifts That Add Value or Fun
Now that said, I get that gift giving is a love language for some, and often holiday parties revolve around bringing a useless trinket for some poor sucker to unwrap. We used to do that in our family and we had more laughs just trying to pawn off the terrible quality white-elephant gifts we opened than actually keepig them!
So in honor of those of you who are attending a party that calls for a gift, or want to acknowledge someone you care for with a wrapped surprise, here are some very cool ideas that can be easily purchased on Amazon (<- you can even get free shipping with this link), they all cost under $30 and they either add value, fun (or in the case of the wine glasses – both :))
Gifts Under $30 For Her
Rose colored wine/champagne thermal mugs. Perfect for keeping your wine at the perfect temperature by the pool, at the campground or even in the bath.
A smiley-faced pancake pan. OMG, what a cute idea! This would be perfect for any adult, whether they have kids to make them for or a sleep-over partner to impress 🙂
This Kate Spade lunch bag tote is not only adorable but also so incredibly practical. Shhhh… we just won’t mention that it’s actually $2 over the $30 limit (whoops).
Gifts Under $30 For Him
How about a dartboard with a set of darts? I think any guy would love this for his basement/man cave set up.
Like it or not, Men’s dress socks are a thing now. Apparently, men are tired of not having a good way to express their individuality, so feet adornment is the new tie.
Only a guy would find a motion detector that makes your toilet light up at night to be a cool gift. Okay, maybe I would like that too, but I would never admit it.
That’s it folks! I could go on and on, but if you’re like me, you find shopping a little overwhelming, so a few good choices are better than a lot of mediocre ones.