Holiday Gift Planning

It is that time of year again! Are you starting your holiday gift list? I started mine this morning…(sigh)…You see, I am one of those gifters that really likes to get gifts for people that are actually FOR the individual. Something I think they’ll not only like, but USE. I list out different things to narrow down my criteria. For example

Cat's husbandWe’ll use my husband as an example

  • Introvert/Extrovert (definitely extrovert)
  • Interests: horror movies, driving (too quickly on the reg), playing poker, cleaning and maintaining his vehicle, playing golf, playing music, reading/writing, hats (one for every occasion and sometimes 2 or 3), cooking, preparing for winter/apocalypse & enjoying cheap beer
  • Needs: jeans, socks, printer paper, a fun event (preferably with his wife – ME – but it isn’t mandatory. All he does is work and play poker once a week…we need to get that man out n about!), car stuff (ask him. I start tuning him out when he starts talking needs for his “Lu”), flooring, ladder, new bass and guitar strings
  • Things I want FOR him: clothing that isn’t falling apart (he NEVER shops), time, a vacation, something that HE might find sentimental (Only the Lord knows), a gift that makes his smile run ear to ear for days on end after he opens it, a tailored suit, a reason to wear a tailored suit

Ok, so there we have a little insight into Jake, what he likes, things he needs, so on and so forth. Looking at the list nothing really jumps out as a perfect gift idea. So, how do we expand those points into suitable gifts? Well, we start with his holiday stocking. I’ll probably fill it with things like coffee, driving or golf gloves, a gift certificate to Bruisin Ales (he can like PBR all day long however, we live in Beer City USA and the man should enjoy a craft brew from time to time).

For gifts, really real gifts will be some new jeans and the obligatory package of socks, an outfit or two depending on the deals I’ll come across at TJ’s and the like but what can I get the man to really make him happy on Christmas morning? Our budget is just that, a budget so I need to stretch that dollar!

Maybe a racecar driving “experience”? a mini trip to Hot Springs? a new computer (we are in dinosaur land as he gets all my technology hand me downs)? and maybe even a mini album of his wife looking amazing (while I still got it goin on dontcha know – and yes, I’ll post some of those as I finish the post work). I’d love to hand him a card with a brochure for a cruise or a fabulous vacation but I don’t think that is in the cards for this season…maybe for our anniversary in March 🙂

What are your thoughts? Do you have any insight from knowing him or from this criteria that I haven’t thought of? I’d love to read about it in the comments section! And for those of you looking for that perfect gift, Studio 828 has gift certificates available. Perhaps you know someone in need of engagement photos or senior portraits? Denominations are available in as little as $30.00. Who will you play Santa for this year?

Gift certificate with Studio 828 Photography



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