The art of giving

The past few months have literally been all about acing exams. Yesterday, I finished my last exam of the year, so it’s finally high time to give some love to the dearest people in my life, who haven’t been anything but extremely supportive and good to me all the way long. And with Christmas just around the corner, the timing couldn’t have been better! Needless to say, I am, just like any other year, far behind when it comes to buying gifts as I’ve been involuntarily locked up in my room for months now. Anyhow, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been pondering over what to give this year. As for what I want for Christmas? Well, I am the kind of person who loves to give more than to receive, so I don’t have a Christmas wishlist as usual – unless you count world peace, willpower and other abstract things….

For those who are in the same boat as me, here are some last-minute nondisposable Christmas gifts ideas. If you are my friend, please don’t read!

For the music lover: AiAiAi “Capital” headphones. Top-notch sound quality, bass, not to mention the design. They’re also a good alternative to earmuffs.

For the tech geek: A pair Etre FIVEPOINT gloves with special “contactwoven” fingertips that make touchscreens easier to handle during winter months.

For the writer or the poet: Notebook from Leuchtturm1917. A book that’s small enough to carry anywhere with plenty of blank pages to fill with words.

For the reader: Books are generally hard to gift unless you know the person very well. However, you can’t go wrong with classics or popular science. Some of the books I’m gifting this year are “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion, and “Les Enfants Terribles” by Jean Cocteau. Additionally, “Stuff White People Like” and “Whiter Shades of Pale” by Christian Lander are witty reads that inevitably hit close to home, perfect for the not too touchy souls out there.

For the tea drinker: Teapot from Marimekko.

For the twosome: Cute and timeless porcelain Moomin mugs. I don’t know with you guys, but everyone loves them here in Scandinavia. And most people collect these mugs too, so the limited editions or the seasonal ones are good options.

For the tomboy: Breton sweater or a cable-knit sweater from A.P.C.

For the food lover: The Rose Bakery book “Breakfast, Lunch, Tea”. It’s my favorite!

PS: A gift to dad is a biannual struggle. Any ideas?

17 thoughts on “The art of giving

  1. My dad is the kind of dad that has a lot of projects and hobbies going on at the same time. Right now he is obsessed with birds, so I am getting him a book that also plays different bird melodies. My brother and I spent some time listening to some of the tunes earlier today, and I think it will drive the whole family crazy the next few months.

  2. my dad is notoriously difficult to shop for too! he’s retired and really doesn’t need any more “stuff”. lately i’ve been giving him tickets to see music/concerts. i’ve also given my parents gift certificates to restaurants i know they want to try, or i’ll donate money to a charity on their behalf. usually something that’s more about doing/experiencing something works out to be a good gift for him.

    • Gift certificates never works for my parents, they end up not using them until just right before they expire my sisters and I have to use the certificate on their behalf, haha. I thought of donating money but everyone else in my family is getting something physical, and I want him to open a present og xmas eve too in addition to the donation. It’s so difficult!

  3. This one takes a little time, but this year I dug out old family pictures from albums and scanned them to digital pictures. Together with newer, digital pictures, I made a photo book, in real hard copy, glossy paper (from Japan Photo). I put in lots of old pictures from before us kids were born, when my brother and I were little (our first steps for instance), family holidays we had together, as well as some poems and newspaper clips. It took me a few days, but I had a lot of fun while doing it. I made one for my brother and myself as well. It’s too late for this year, but maybe for next year?

  4. Yeah you are free too!!!! Hope things went well :) As for dads, my dad likes to learn and read a lot so magazine subscriptions are up this year (as he always sneaks on my sis’s mag review on finance/eco or steals mine regarding science and technologies). Another idea is to check if any of his tools gone bad/missing since he likes to build for hobby. Last idea but same every year is to add a new touch to his accessories (men do no like shopping for that) a bright scarf, gloves, socks, hat…)

  5. Take him to the movies. I always take my dad to a baseball game because he never wants anything. I write up a nice card with an explanation in it.
    On another note, I love those headphones and am putting them on my wishlist for myself.

  6. I made a visual guide to cooking vegetable soup. Because he´s single for a year now and sends me desperate emails asking why for heavens sake the vegetables that he put on the stove don´t taste like much after the one and a half hours that he let them cook there…

  7. Turns out my sister and I are really good when it comes to picking out gifts for people we know! Quite honestly though my dad is very content with socks. Something that will be used often and is functional is my go to criteria for a present.

  8. I guess it’s too late now considering it’s the 24th, but there’s always next year! Every year I get my dad an almanac and a nice quality pen (as an addition to something else, ofc). My dad really appreciates this (at least that’s what he says) because it’s something he needs for work etc, and with the new year just around the corner. merry christmas!

  9. Hope your exams went well!

    Excellent list. Top notch headphones and touchscreen gloves are things that I’ve put into my brothers’ stockings over the years. My father loves books- so I usually give a gift certificate to one of our favorite bookstores. He collects rare books- so I have an idea of what he’s been looking for. We also sail together, which provides endless gift options. I always give framed antique maps of sails we’ve done together. I think the biggest gift is that he really loves having us all together during the holiday.

    Have a lovely holiday.

  10. Thanks everybody for the great tips! It’s my dad’s birthday next month and this time it won’t be too hard to find him a nice gift. I ended up gifting him a book about Norwegian metaphors and expression.

    Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

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