Tech gifts can be hard to shop for if you don’t happen to be a gadget-obsessed. But people who do love to geek out over fitness trackers and iPhone accessories will love it if you nab them some cool new technology. And with so many health-geared gadgets out there, it’s surprisingly easy to impress–even if you’re not working with a huge budget. More
Topic: Christmas gift ideas
If you’re tired of giving a bunch of junk to your hard-to-shop-for relatives, and sick of seeing last year’s gift gathering dust on a bookshelf (or worse: wasting space in the back of a kitchen cupboard), then it’s time to start thinking outside of the gift box. Why not give gifts with staying power? Experience-oriented gifts offer friends and loved ones an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to learn skills that they’ll have for a lifetime (and use more often than that too-big sweater they donated to Goodwill over the summer). Whether it’s learning a new skill or simply enjoying a relaxing day at the spa, giving experiences rather than trinkets is likely to make a better impression on your loved ones (and they’re a lot more eco-friendly, too). More
You’ve purchased or made gifts for everyone on your list and now you’ve settled down for the truly daunting task: Gift-wrapping. Every year, Americans spend around $2.9 billion on wrapping paper, gift bags, bows, and ribbons — an astronomical amount for things that are typically discarded within a few seconds. And that’s why we think it’s time to take back the wrap. Christmas wrapping paper doesn’t have to mean being stuck with piles and piles of shiny reindeer and scary snowmen. There are chic — and eco-friendly — alternatives to traditional Santa- and ornament-covered gift wrap. Check out our gallery of eight of our favorite alternative, much more environmentally positive Christmas wrapping paper options: More
Just in time for all your holiday shopping expeditions this weekend (in stores or online): We present a gallery of ten of our best Christmas gift guides all in one convenient place. Now all you have to do is check your list twice.
This holiday, don’t forget those people who may not have made it to the top of your Christmas list – you know, the ones who toil just a few feet away from you five days a week, 50 weeks a year. Isn’t that Secret Santa swap at the office coming up? To help you navigate this potentially awkward gift-giving situation, we’ve created a gallery of six presents that are perfect (and perfectly appropriate) for co-workers, whether they’re naughty or nice: More
Christmas stockings are underrated. The best presents are inside them: Makeup, perfume, tights, scratch-off lottery tickets, jewelry, candy, underwear, and, of course, chocolate Santas. We love stockings because they’re way more fun to open than the presents under the tree. (Take that, sweaters.) Plus, Kris Kringle has room to fill our stockings with many lovely little things, and we can take our sweet time opening every single one of them over a hot cup of coffee. But because some people have trouble coming up with inventive stocking stuffer ideas, we created a gallery of eight stocking stuffers for women (and bourbon lovers). A few items are even eco-friendly, and all are lots of fun. Just make sure that sock is plenty big and long – and can bear some serious weight. More
Whoever said men are simple to figure out didn’t have any on their Christmas list. What do you get the dude cousin you see once a year, a father who has everything, or the man who acts like a little boy? You may have felt pretty smug for not partaking in any Black Friday madness, but now with December 25 looming, you may be regretting that. But before you resort to gift cards, check out our gallery of hassle-free gifts for men. Best part? You can buy each of them online for under $100. More
Before you kick up your snow boots and bask in the satisfaction of finishing your Christmas shopping early, you may want to check your list twice. Inevitably, you will have forgotten someone. We’re not talking about the cousin-in-law thrice removed who recently found you on Facebook; we’re talking about the people who are part of your daily life. You may not be related, but they look after you, your loved ones, and your belongings, so don’t overlook them. Here’s our gallery of six Christmas presents under $30 for those people you really don’t want to forget this holiday season: More
The perfect gift for everyone on your list: Gift giving requires a lot of thought and effort. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it. All you have to do is click to buy! (And wrap.) — India-Jewel Jackson
For Your Skin-Savvy Mom: Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System, $245. She’ll love her new noticeably younger eyes. More
You don’t know their middle name. You don’t know where they went to college. You don’t know how many kids they have. You have no idea how old they are, and you don’t know where they grew up. They’re not complete strangers, but they might as well be. But somehow, you still have to get them a Christmas present, and fast. We’re here to help with a gallery of six really good holiday presents that are perfect for that special person in your life – you know, the one for whom you’re not sure why you have to buy a Christmas present in the first place. More
You’re tired. You loathe the commercialization of Christmas. You resent having to buy ugly, plastic things for young cousins you never see. You hate malls. You don’t need or want any more crap. You’re broke. Or, you’re just a nice person who wants to give back. All are valid reasons to eschew traditional holiday gift-giving in favor of making donations to nonprofits in people’s names, and then presenting the recipients with personalized donation notices on Christmas Day. (They’ll probably look and fit better in stockings than under the tree.) Here are ten favorite nonprofit charities we like to support, especially around the holidays — because don’t they deserve your hard-earned cash more than the big box stores? So if you’re on our gift list this holiday season, be prepared to feel altruistic. Because you ain’t getting that iPad from us. More
We’re as jealous as the next person of the altruistic audience members who recieved iPads, $500 Nordstrom gift cards, and expensive Nikon cameras. (Though we’re perfectly happy not to be stuck with those glittery UGG boots.) But we also think Oprah betrayed her audience a little with these gifts: From beauty products full of chemicals that disrupt the human endocrine system to household items that aren’t the equally elegant and eco-friendly functional alternatives, we think the Queen of Talk could have done better.
– Blisstree Deputy Editor Briana Rognlin questions Oprah’s recent gift-giving choices in her post: Oprah’s Ultimate Audience Betrayal: 5 “Favorite Things” We Wish She’d Stop Promoting
Victor the Cat, Blisstree’s resident relationship advice columnist, says: “This holiday season, don’t forget your furry friends come gift-giving time. We cats like to do more than just lap up the water in the Christmas tree stand. We like to get presents, too, dammit. And because I’m a knee-jerk liberal of the highest order, I’ve made sure that all seven of the cat and dog presents on my list are as eco-friendly as possible. But just remember, these gift ideas are for felines and canines who’ve been nice, not naughty. You’re welcome. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go hug a few trees. Happy Holidays.” More