110 Gift Ideas for Adults


My Christmas tree.
My Christmas tree.

It is Christmas gift shopping time.  And, time for parties and festivities, to which you may choose to take a hostess gift.

If you have already read my post on disposable and experiential gifts, you know that I feel, in many cases, adults should be given gifts that are useable.  In adulthood, things/sit a outs/ dust collectors can become burdens, but anything that gives joy and gets used up is a welcome respite.

Here are a few ideas to consider when making your gift buying list.  The following covers all sorts of price ranges and as well as something for most occasions.

  1. A nice pen.
  2. A good bottle of wine or favorite liquor.
  3. A food gift basket, like Harry and David or Raos.
  4. A gift certificate to a favorite vendor, like a spa gift certificate or gift certificate for a pedicure.
  5. A custom calendar with family or friend photos.
  6. A totally decadent gift, like a nice bottle of cologne or perfume.
  7. Dinner for two to a favorite restaurant or new restaurant.
  8. Tickets to a theatre production or concert.
  9. Some really nice socks.  There are tons of great sock purveyors online.
  10. A trip or special night for the gift giver and receiver.
  11. A gift set of gourmet vinegars and/or olive oils.
  12. Monogrammed memo pads.
  13. A collection of specialty teas or coffees, or both!
  14. Fun office supplies such as pretty folders, paper clips, and matching notecards.
  15. A nice monogrammed clutch or French purse.
  16. A decadent candle with nice matches.
  17. A RFID wallet or credit card sleeves.
  18. A good quality, personalized flashlight.
  19.  A theme gift basket, like movie related items (couple of movies, snacks, in a cute popcorn bucket, a breakfast basket with breakfast fixings, or ingredients and recipe for a Vesper martini).
  20. Nice kitchen knives.
  21. Monogrammed finger towels.
  22. A family history book.
  23. Purse-sized mace.
  24. Emergency kit for an automobile.
  25. Fresh floral arrangement.
  26. A professional make over.
  27. A weekend at a nice hotel or luxury vacation cabin within driving distance of the recipient.
  28. A really nice lip balm, body lotion, or bath gel.
  29. A silver lapel pin.
  30. Nice house shoes.
  31. A magazine subscription.
  32. A really nice hairbrush such as Mason Pearson brand.
  33. Something you make..food or craft.
  34. Room freshener for the office, like a diffuser.
  35. A decadent box of chocolates.
  36. A jar of homemade jam or jelly.
  37. An adult coloring book with colors.
  38. A book.
  39. A family recipe book.
  40. A set of fun dish towels.
  41. A fruit, wine, or beer club membership.
  42. Personalized correspondence cards.
  43. A back-up power supply for their phone.
  44. Fun and witty paper cocktail napkins or festively embroidered cloth cocktail napkins.
  45. A cigar(s).
  46. Gift certificate for a massage or facial.
  47. A gift basket filled with the recipient’s favorite treats like Dr.  Pepper, milk chocolates, and Snickers bars.
  48. A set of kitchen soap and lotion.  Williams-Sonoma has some that smell wonderful.
  49. New grill tools.
  50. A monogrammed plaid winter scarf.
  51. A crystal dish of candies.
  52. A cocktail guide or bartender book.
  53. Monogrammed cheese platter with cheese knives.
  54. Panettone, stollen, bread pudding with brandy sauce, Moravian ginger spice cookies – any food item that is only available during the holidays.
  55. An embroidered linen handkerchief.
  56. Bamboo sheets.
  57. A really nice box of liquor filled chocolates, like Mon Cheri.
  58. Wool gloves.
  59. A small notepad for purse or car.
  60. Homemade vanilla extract or flavored liquor, in cute cork stopped bottles.
  61. Aloe socks for softening feet while sleeping.
  62. A set of Moscow mule copper mugs with a recipe.
  63. Cufflinks.
  64. Cleaning cloth for jewelry.
  65. Bubble bath, a soothing CD, and an eye mask.
  66. Holiday incense and a festive incense holder.
  67. Multi USB outlet charger.
  68. Anything from the Container Store stocking stuffer list.
  69. A monogrammed silver flask.
  70. Assorted hot chocolates and cappuccino mixes.
  71. Travel accessories from the Container Store, like leak proof zippered bags, folding cards for clothes, luggage tags, and RFID passport holder.
  72. A cheese crate from the Southwest Dairy Museum.  They will ship.
  73. A sterling necklace with small charms.
  74. An extra long phone charger.
  75. A monogrammed throw blanket.
  76. A homemade dinner delivered to the recipients home.
  77. Personalized insulated drink tumbler, like Yetti, Corksickle, or Boss brand.
  78. Etched, monogrammed crystal wine glasses.
  79. Cleaning clothes for eyeglasses.
  80. Omaha Steaks gift set.
  81. Christmas Amaryllis from Harry and David.
  82. Plate of homemade treats, like gingerbread cookies, fudge, Buckeyes, Martha Washingtons, orange balls, haystacks, sugared peanuts, peppermint bark, pecan tassies, and sand tarts.
  83. A wreath made of fresh greenery with a huge red satin bow.
  84. A Christmas ornament.
  85. Essential oils with room diffuser.
  86. Baked goods from an online store such as Savannah Candy Company, Dean and Delucca, or Collin Street Bakery.
  87. A monogrammed planner/calendar for 2017.
  88. A gift certificate for a service like an oil change, car wash, or manicure.
  89. A personalized smartphone case.
  90. A small travel umbrella with monogram.
  91. A live poinsettia.
  92. Bookmarker, reading light, post its, and markers.
  93. Concert tickets.
  94. A great bottle of champagne.
  95. An Amazon Echo.
  96. Bluetooth speakers,
  97. Beats earbuds or headsets.
  98. Bose radio and CD player.
  99. Festive readers.
  100. A pre-cooked holiday ham or turkey.
  101. A fun game, like Left , Right and Center.
  102. Battery powered candles.
  103. Traditional holiday music CD.
  104. A custom designed T-shirt.
  105. A wristlet.
  106. Grooming kit.
  107. Massage wrap for shoulders.
  108. A personalized Bible or Bible cover.
  109. A really nice wooden cutting board, with monogram.
  110. A kit for making cheese, beer, or wine.

Monogrammed and personalized items are currently so popular, and the above list reflects that.

Remember, it is the thought that counts. So, just taking a thoughtful gift, regardless of expense, is always appreciated.  Happy hunting!

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