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‘Tis the time of holiday gifts and fun and cheer, but it can also mean a time of chaos and seemingly never-ending “To-Do” lists for some. Therefore, it’s not unusual for people to become scatter-brained and draw a blank when trying to think of the perfect holiday gifts to give to their loved ones. And as ways of shopping have become different this year than in the past, according to The Christian Science Monitor on Mon. Dec. 9, so shall your holiday gift giving ways. So if you’re looking for something other than the typical Hickory Farms sausage basket you got your uncle last year, read on.

Personalized gifts such as custom bobbleheads or a custom Shutterfly photo book are great holiday gift ideas for many reasons. One is the holiday gift receiver will realize that you actually do pay attention to their hobbies and interests and are familiar with them as a person (granted you went about the personalization of the gift correctly). Secondly, personalized gifts can be deemed a little extra special to the recipient knowing you went the extra mile to customize it. And with sites such as Personalcreations.com you can virtually personalize anything.

If you’re tight on cash other personalized holiday gift ideas can be simply purchasing a themed-photo frame and placing an appropriate photo in it, or ordering someone’s favorite cherished photo on a coffee mug so they can encounter it every day.

Coming up with holiday gifts for the food lover is usually easy, but if you want to get creative there are alternatives to get away from the usual box of chocolates or ordinary restaurant gift cards. Personalized M&Ms, or tins and gift baskets from Harry & David, The Popcorn Factory or a cookie bouquet from Shari’s Berries is sure to satisfy their sweet tooth. And if the food lover is more health conscience, you can give a healthier gift of Edible Arrangements, a gift card to Whole Foods or a favorite local frozen yogurt shop.

Some holiday gift ideas for the adventurers out there can be a wine tasting tour, lessons such as scuba or piano, tickets to a concert or a comedy show, or a gift or souvenir purchased via online from the person’s favorite place they went to while on a vacation.

And lastly gift cards, though may not seem unique at first, can be if you just put a little thought into them and get creative. For example, giving a gift card of an establishment to someone who would never think to ever go (such as a hibachi), will not only give the gift receiver a fun and exotic experience, but allow them open to the idea of trying new things. Gift cards of luxury can also be a great holiday gift to give. For example, we’re guessing a gift card to a local spa or nail salon would be most appreciated by a mother who wouldn’t treat herself to such an indulgent gift.

So put away the usual Yankee Candle you purchased for your cousin and save it for another occasion!

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