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Christmas Wish List: A brief guide for warm, cozy holiday gifts

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Although Christmas shopping can be fun for some, it can be a hectic experience for others. Without having a precise list for all of the people you are getting presents for, purchasing gifts can be rather difficult, especially if you don’t know how much some of the items cost.

Forget the Christmas tie, the Santa Claus hat and that $10 gift card. Instead, opt for the traditional items, like socks, gloves and even a book (just remember to keep the receipt in case the receiver doesn’t like it).

In this tough economy, it can be a little difficult to buy Christmas gifts when money isn’t as fluid as it once was, but here are five practical gift ideas that any person at any age would love to unwrap, open and enjoy on Christmas morning.

Outdoor Clothing

It’s freezing outside and depending where you are in Canada or the United States, it could be winter right until the end of April. This is why a pair of gloves, thick socks, a hat or even a jacket would be a practical gift that the person would appreciate in the long-term because any of these items could last for more than one year.

Housing Accessories

Who doesn’t love to make their home feel like a palace? One of the ways to do it is to equip it with candles that maintain a nice aroma. Candles are certainly not expensive, but could be a wonderful gift for anyone. Heck, the marketplace now offers Betty Crocker candles that smell like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, scented cinnamon buns and warm apple pie.

Coffee Cards

To some, gift cards feel rather indifferent. To others, gift cards feel amazing, especially when you have it for your favorite coffee shop. A gift card for coffee, doughnuts, specialty beverages and other items could make this year’s Christmas the best one yet for the coffee lover in your life.

Books

Sitting at home on a cold winter’s day reading a compelling Fyodor Dostoevsky novel, an Arthur Miller play or a Charles Baudelaire poem could be one of the greatest experiences in the world. This is why a book would make someone’s Christmas both warm and cozy. Whether it is the latest historical fiction or new ideas on quantum theory, a book is a practical gift that is also a perfect long-term present.

Warmers

Talk about being warm and cozy. Whether it’s hot packs, a heated mouse, a Slanket or a heated blanket, a gift that will actually keep you warm could be one of the best for Christmas, except if you’re in a warm climate, like Florida.

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