Gifts For People You Don't Know, But Feel Obligated to Give

Gifts For People You Don't Know, But Feel Obligated to Give

You could get them a gift card or...

So it's the holiday season and you've got all your gifts bought, for your parents, siblings, significant other, and your multiple secret Santas. But there's always one or two that slip through the cracks, one person that you forgot to get a gift for. You might not really know them, they might be a new friend or mutual friend who's always around or maybe it's a gift for the hostess of a party. People you might not really know but feel obligated to get a gift for. Don't stress, I've got you covered. Here's a list of 15 gifts that you can get someone who you don't really know but feel obligated to get a gift for.

1. Book

Maybe it's just me, but I think books are great gifts. Here is Barnes and Noble's list of best-selling books of 2017. If you know something that they are interested in, whether it's military history, American history, sports or anything really, you can buy them a new book in that area, it'll be something they haven't read yet. You could also get them a coffee table book or a cookbook. You could also through in one of your own favorites. it's pretty touching when someone really enjoys something and wants to share it with someone else.

2. Candle

A candle is a great gift for anyone, it's a little something to make an area look and smell nice. You can even get one that is more lightly scented if you don't know if they are sensitive to smells, but other than that any candle will do.

3. Wine

You might want to be a little careful with this. Just that you might want to check if they drink or not before giving this gift. But if they do go for it, give them one of your favorites or what you have unopened. You can put a ribbon around the neck of the bottle and call it a day. This is a great gift for a host or hostess.

4. Chocolate

This is another great gift for a host or hostess, although it can be given to anyone. It can be nice chocolate all wrapped individually or something you spruced up from a drug store. Everyone loves chocolate. Or any other candy for that matter.

5. Journal

These are good to get for just this reason, giving gifts to people you don't really know that well. Everyone loves a great journal. And if they don't they can always regift it. Or they could use it for school or work or travel or just notes for the new year.

6. Baked goods

If you like baking this one is great! Everyone loves receiving baked goods, it shows you cared and spent time making them a gift. And if you have a few of these gifts to come up with or a few parties to go to then you could make a batch and break them into a few tins or baggies that are already decorated or that you decorated. You can get creative with it. Or you could get them just food.

7. Gift Card

Yeah, I know this one isn't that personal, but if you're really in a pinch it'll do. If they love books do Barnes and Nobles, if you know they like makeup try Sephora, and if you don't know or don't want to assume try Amazon. You can't go wrong with Amazon.

8. Gift Card To the Movies

It's the holiday season- the best time of year to see movies. Get them two tickets that they can redeem for any movie or a gift card for two to a movie theater! It's perfect, they can go with a friend or significant other and have a little free night out on you!

9. Pens and Stationery

This is a good one for anyone, friend, teacher, or coworker. Weather is a pack of blank letters and envelopes or a magnetic pad they can put on their fridge for to do lists, grocery list, and other reminders it's all very useful and will look nice. Pair it with a nice pen or two and you're golden.

10. External Phone Battery

Couple this with a pair of headphones and you've got a really good present. There are things that everyone will need at one point, so you know that they'll appreciate this gift eventually.

11. Soap

You could get body soap or body lotion for someone, or hand soap to put by a bathroom or kitchen sink with a paired hand lotion. This is another useful gift that they'll definitely use at some point.

12. Fuzzy Socks

Fuzzy socks are great when it's cold outside. You could get a few from a department store or drug store and give them two or three pairs. You can get them something else too or leave it at that!

13. Hand Cream

While body lotion alone would make a great gift so would hand cream. It's cold outside and skin can get dry and cracked. It could be a small one that they can have in their purse or a big one that they can have on their desk at school, work, or at home.

15. A mug

You could get them a mug with hot chocolate packs, tea bags, or a package of coffee grinds in it. You could probably buy this pre-made at Starbucks, Barnes and Noble's, Target, or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. You could also just get them a mug. Another good idea is if they like Starbucks is a Starbucks mug or tumbler. They get a small discount every time they use it at Starbucks or they could fill it with their own hot beverage and use it on the go. It's also eco-friendly and who doesn't love that.

So there you go I hope this helped. Happy Holidays!

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5 Reasons Why Your Siblings Are Your Lifeline During the Holidays

The holiday season can get stressful but no worries because your siblings will be by your side to help you get though it.

The holidays are a time when you get together with the whole family. No matter if you're related or not when you get a good amount of people together for any amount of time there is bound to be a fight and personality clashes. In the holiday season, stress levels are high which makes for an, even more, trickier situation and sometimes you just need someone who knows what you are going through and can relate. My twin brother is the one who keeps me sane during my time at home at the holidays and I am sure your sibling is too and here's how...

1. They are the ones who know to save you a seat at the Christmas dinner table.

So that you don't have to sit by anyone you might not want to sit by.

2. They can always save you when your family members keep asking your significant other (or lack of) and you just can't take it anymore.

3. They can be you're best friend when you're back home and off your normal college schedule.

4. They can help you shop for family Christmas gifts so that you don't have to do it all on your own.

5. They are there to annoy you because at the end of the day they are your sibling and that's their job.

It is the best time of the year and being with family is great but when the season greetings become too much to handle on your own you can always count on your siblings to help you get through it or at least where you don't have to suffer through it on your own. So, give your siblings an extra hug this holiday season and be grateful you don't have to go through this crazy world alone.

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10 Perks Of Staying At School Instead Of Going Home For Break

Sometimes, college is just more fun.

Caution- I'm about to present a viewpoint that many college kids will detest and disagree with.

Alright, here it is... I don't like going on breaks from school.

*Gasps arise from audience, desks are flipped, people storm out of rooms, someone has a heart attack*

Yes, yes, I know it's not a popular opinion to have, especially considering how much we all want to be done with our schooling for life and just move into our careers already. I get it- breaks provide a way for students to relieve stress for awhile and relax from the constant pressures of taking exams and writing papers. Now, please don't get me wrong, I value taking a rest just as much as the next average college Joe does.

HOWEVER, there are some aspects of being at school that I believe every student needs deep down that we just don't receive when we come back home and do nothing for three weeks. **Disclaimer, this viewpoint does not apply to those of you that actually did something productive with your lives over break. Props to you, an inspiration to us all.** Nevertheless, for those of us who spent our winter vacations as couch potatoes, eating our body weight in cookies every day, here are ten, very valid reasons why being at school can be better than being at home.

1. You, guaranteed, won't get bored.

Hmm, spend the whole day lying on the couch watching Hallmark movie specials and slowly slipping into insanity or go out with your friends and do something fun around campus? Tough one...

2. You will actually have friends.

Chances are, if you go out of state to college, your friends all live in different parts of the country... making you alone and sad over every break. No thanks.

3. Your time is your own.

During the holidays, there are so many family responsibilities and things that have been planned for you, there's not a lot of time to spend doing what you'd like to do. At college, you can take a 5-hour nap, go out with your friends, or stay in the dorm and have a personal spa night. No one can stop you!

4. You'll have a somewhat-decent sleep schedule.

Going on break is the worst because you grow acclimated to waking up at certain times for class or work, which is all put on hold when you go home for a month. You get used to sleeping in until 3 PM and staying up watching Netflix until 5 AM. It's a brutal awakening whenever you do go back.

5. Back up, you'll actually have a schedule and a routine in the first place.

Those of us who value routine and keeping ourselves busy go absolutely insane over breaks. At school, we have our whole days planned out and a set routine that keeps us active. At home, we have uh... none of that.

6. You won't have to deal with crazy family drama.

If you have a big family and lots of people visiting for the holidays, you know how stressful everyone gets and the tension that builds over those weeks. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of hiding in your room to get away from Aunt Mildred's questions about why you don't have a job or a boyfriend yet, you didn't have to worry about any of that?

7. You'll have constant activities and events to look forward to.

I mean, yeah, Christmas is cool and New Year's can be fun, but those are the only highlights of winter vacation. In between, you're doing a lot of lying around and staring at the ceiling or your phone screen. Staying at school means you will always have events to look forward to, whether it's games, socials, parties, or even just hangouts with your friends.

8. You won't eat everything in the fridge.

The holidays have a tendency to add a few pounds onto all of us, especially if you indulge in Christmas cookies more than the average person (@me). Frequent trips to the kitchen can be avoided if you just stayed at school and kept up with the gym routine.

9. You only have to do chores for yourself.

When college kids come home, many of us are automatically brought into the weekly chores schedule... meaning folding laundry for 5 people, instead of one. Wouldn't it be great to just have to worry about cleaning up your own messes?

10. You have your own space.

Over the holidays, many of us are under obligation to spend time with the family or room with relatives to ensure everyone fits. There's not a lot of personal space or time. Staying at school means getting to go back to your dorm whenever you want and being able to plop onto bed and do nothing for hours if you so desire. It's absolutely beautiful.

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