2013 Christmas Gift Ideas

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It’s hardly been a week since shoppers packed stores for Black Friday and dissed office work for Cyber Monday sales.

But how many of us are fully confident with the gift choices we make? And how many more are disappointed as they unwrap gifts from loved ones during the holiday season? Thank God for gift receipts, right?

It’s part of the reason why I thought I would make this year’s gift guide something special, unique, and hopefully, worth your while.

Here are my Christmas gift ideas for 2013.

Airline Miles

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How many of us know people who want to see and experience the world? Truth is, the only thing standing between them and Earth’s most intriguing destination is usually airfare. Help make it happen by gifting airline miles. And if you’re a jetsetter, it works out even better for your budget, since many airlines allow you to share and transfer your frequent flier miles to people you know.

Get started.

A Gift of Glam

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I’m a fan of helping people look better and feel better about themselves. If you’ve got a friend who always talks about needing to switch things up a bit but never really does anything about it, a glam day might be perfect. Consider a gift certificate for a session with a makeup artist or hair stylist. And if budget allows, throw in a shoot with a photographer just for fun.

A Life-Changing Book

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As I sit in my apartment typing this, I’m reminded of the gift that kick started my journey from Barbados to grad school. My BFF Shari bought me this book and it marked the beginning of an amazing turn of events. I can’t think of a gift more perfect than one that inspires my loved ones to greatness and helps them grow.

A Personalized Gift

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Image: Sweet Harvey LLC

There’s just something about owning an item you know was made specially for you. A personalized gift says, “I care so much, I even went out of my way to get you something that would be uniquely yours.” There are many options to choose from– bespoke stationery, jewelry, leather goods, drink ware, mobile phone cases, … The list goes on and on.

For ideas, visit Sweet Harvey LLC, stationerystudio.com, or getuncommon.com.

Wellness

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Image: AtTheSquare via Compfight cc

If you’re like me, you’re probably surrounded by many hardworking people, who deserve a bit of time to decompress. Maybe a spa day, yoga sessions, or a wellness retreat on you is just what they’ll need after a year of being on the grind. I honestly can’t think of a gift more rewarding for the successful go-getters in my life.

If you’re not sure where to look for a spa or wellness spot in your area, check out spafinder.com.

Luxury that Lasts

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If you’re a big spender, you’ve probably been reading through this list and thinking, “Meh.” If you can afford to splurge on a luxury gift, by all means, please do. One suggestion? Go for timeless vs. trendy if you can. A few favorites I’ve spotted are David Yurman for him and her, MCM, and the holiday selections from Louis Vuitton.

I’ve shared my ideas, now it’s your turn. What are your go-to gifts for the season?

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