Stumped for Christmas Ideas

My family keeps asking me to create a Christmas list, but I’m struggling to come up with any ideas. I typically include experience related items like tickets to sporting events, cooking lessons and certificates for dinner, but this year I’m not sure if I should include the usual list of suspects. It seems like I keep writing the same things down year after year.

I keep hoping that inspiration strikes, but so far I haven’t had any brilliant ideas. So I thought I’d ask my wonderful readers if they have any thoughts on the matter.

What are you asking for this Christmas? If you aren’t asking for anything do you have a gift idea for someone else that you’d like to share?

I still don’t have many ideas, but here is an updated list for my husband:

  • LED Lanterns. We keep a few of these in the house in case our power gets knocked out. They are great for providing enough light to play cards or board games and even light up the bathroom if you need it. We also keep one of these in each car in case we are stranded on a dark and lonely night.
  • Of course LED flashlights are a must have. We keep a handful of these in various rooms in the house and one in each car too.
  • Headlamps. I know, I know you’re thinking “another light!” But trust me this one serves a different purpose. Headlamps are great when you are fixing cars, household appliances or just about anything else where you may have limited light. You can place them on your head and keep your hands free to do the real work. My husband LOVES these! Ever try to hold a flashlight while changing a toddler’s diaper. With headlamps you can have both hands free! They range in price from as low as $10 to $15 to as high as a few hundred. The more expensive ones usually burn brighter and more directly.
  • With all those electronics you’ll certainly need batteries, so throw in a pack or two. Make certain you double check the type you need. There is nothing worse then buying something that needs AAAs and you have nothing but AAs in the house.
  • Favorite candy or cookies. Some guys like to chomp on gum, others prefer something chewy like Starburst or chocolatey like M&Ms. Throw in a bag of whatever your husband loves. Odds are they’ll be eaten before the end of Christmas day.
  • Walk inside any gourmet grocery store and you can spend hours picking expensive vinegar or olive oil from the shelves. If your husband is a foodie he might enjoy using a more expensive version of one of these staples. You can also look for unique bottles of honey or jam.
  • Spices are another great gift for someone who loves to cook. Have you ever looked at the price of saffron? If your guy likes to cook try buying him a more expensive version of a spice he typically cooks with or buy him an ingredient he’s never tried before. Find a new recipe that includes the ingredient and tell him part of the gift is finding a night to cook together.
  • If your guy doesn’t like to cook, but loves to eat, how about some unique hot sauces to spice up his meals? Tacos and enchiladas are a staple in our home, but dinner always feels a little extra special when you can add something unexpected to the meal.
  • Does your guy love pancakes or waffles? Why not buy him a box and promise to make him breakfast in bed. Don’t forget to throw in a small bottle of maple syrup.
  • My husband LOVES to eat movie theater popcorn. You could add a few bags to your husband’s stocking along with a new Blu-ray movie. Tell him you want to plan a date night where you light a fire in the fireplace and stay snug indoors. There are also all sorts of popcorn seasonings that might be fun to try. Consider buying vintage sodas too.
  • For the man who savors a cold beer after a long day’s work you can search for a unique brand he’s never tried or buy him a special beer mugBottle openers are good ideas for stocking stuffers too. If your husband is like mine he likes to keep one near the fridge, one in the garage and one in the cooler for tailgating.
  • If your spouse travels a lot for work think about buying him photo luggage tags or tags that are unique or unusual in shape. He won’t confuse his bag with the guy standing next to him ever again.
  • What man doesn’t like to put his feet up at the end of the day? How about a pair of warm slippers. My husband prefers slippers with plastic soles so he can go take out the trash, pick up the newspaper or walk around the yard without ever having to put his shoes on.
  • If your husband is anything like mine he could also use gloves, scarves or a warm winter hat. My husband tends to leave his gloves behind and often needs a spare pair mid way through the winter.
  • If your guy loves his car consider buying him a car cleaning kit. Even better offer to help him clean it on a hot, sticky day next summer.

If you have any ideas or think I left something hot and juicy off the list feel free to leave a comment below.

11 thoughts on “Stumped for Christmas Ideas”

  1. Like you, I have difficulty coming up with a wishlist – everything I want/need, is something I would much prefer to pick out myself, which is why I generally ask for giftcards from friends for my birthday.

    Luckily my family aren't the Christmas type, so I don't have to worry about giving them a wishlist. If they WERE though, I'd probably just ask for them to make a small donation towards my mortgage account…as un-presenty as that is!

  2. I like experiences also but I'm asking for a spice rack, scarves, itunes gift cards, chocolate…

    Nothing too extravagant.. I hate having a bunch of "stuff" to put away on Christmas morning.. having to find new homes for a bunch of things.

    My pet peeve though is when I ask people what they want and they say they don't know. Then I'm left at square one and it's understood we exchange gifts with each other so why not just give me an idea instead of leaving me hanging?? Drives me nuts..

  3. I love receiving gift vouchers, and so I end up giving them out as well. How about some spa treatments for girl pressies. Guys are way more difficult, but an itune or iphone voucher usually goes down well.

  4. I also have trouble figuring out what to ask for. I feel greedy making a list, and there's nothing that I really would be upset if I didn't get it.

    So I end up coming up with things that would be nice to have, but I'd be happy with a tasty treat made especially for me 🙂

    On my "nice to have" list are things for my kitchen, and a few video games and board games.

  5. I like to ask for things that can enhance my experiences. For example this Christmas my husband and I upgrading to a new and better digital camera so we can record our travels. Other gifts that I've asked for and received in this vein: good headphones for traveling, cute luggage tags, sample/travel sized cosmetics.

    I would love to take a wine class and I think that would be a great gift idea.

  6. I second the gift certificates for spa treatments! Also, kindle allows for gifting books now to other kindles, so requesting books is a great way to share in an experience but not add clutter to your house. We have been getting rid of all the plastic in our house (which touches food) so I have requested glass storage containers.

  7. We asked by parents to split the cost of a professional knife set with us as our gift. It is a larger purchase but one that we will be able to appreciate for years, and splitting the cost makes it more resonable from a gifting standpoint.

  8. I don't get much in the way of gifts at all, but we do exchange names for gift-giving on my side of the family. I asked for a wooden bench for my front patio, (would love to sit out in the spring & summer with a tea & a good book!) a warm pair of slippers, and an apron! lol!

  9. Another option, might be, to ask for donations to your favorite charities in the amount that someone would have spent on a gift for you. Win Win situation.

  10. I ask for time. I don't live close to my family, so when my husband asks what I want for Christmas my answer is always "take me home." I have a friend whose birthday is the day after mine, so to celebrate our birthdays we take each other out for lunch. If you live away from family, ask them to take the funds they would spend on your Christmas gift(s) and save it to meet you at your beach home (or somewhere in the middle).


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