The thought of buying gifts for people used to have me breaking out in cold sweats. I kid you not hey I am one of those people who would buy a toy motorbike for a baby and steering wheel cover as a retirement gift.
The look on the faces of the people I have given gifts to was priceless for all the wrong reasons, it ranged between horror and pain. After one too many failed attempts, I had to own to the fact that I sucked at choosing gifts.
One day I had an epiphany of sorts. I realised that not everyone was like me. I do love receiving gifts but I am a mom so my expectations are already low…when my 8 year old son gives me a tiny orange flower twisted around a white stone and says “mommy I love you”, you bet your grey hairs I will be treasuring THAT till the day I die (or until the flower rots and the stone crumbles).
In a hurry and need a quick reference list?
Shiatsu Massager with Heat ⤤
Harry Potter Handbag ⤤
King & Queen Hoodie Set ⤤
6-in-1 Electric Razor for Men ⤤
PAPAISON Skates for Kids and Adults ⤤
I am and have always been a believer in the saying “it is the thought that counts”. I am sentimental like that however, I also had to realise that many people sort-of base their worth on the gift you buy them (que my panic attack). Now I am thinking, not only am I a bad gift giver but those people were also offended by my choices (I have failed this city). I love making people happy, so this new knowledge had me turning green and did not sit well with me.
I explored this knowledge further using my husband of almost 17 years as my test subject and started noticing that he has a specific taste that was not easily sated. For him, it was a case of getting him what he wanted or nothing at all. I noticed something else too. He was good at buying gifts!
An example: I love taking pics and as a gift, he bought me a new camera set that I had been salivating over for months, I literally cried. He is good at this gift-giving thing, he seemed to have broken the code and I HAD to know the secret.
Me: “Babe how do you always seem to know what I want?”
Him: “Because I know you.”
Him: “Charlene” #deepsighofimpatience (he does this ALOT when I am around, no idea why) “I just pay attention.”
The code…broken down into four little words…BOOM (mind blown)!
Best Gift Ideas For All Ages Reviewed - Our List Of Top 10
So that is what we must do… become a spy. We need stealth-like moves to study and research our targets (aka gift recipients). You need to covertly watch them, using kick-@$$ moves to leap in and out the line of their sight at any given moment. A cape would help, just saying. It boiled down to one thing…what are our targets objectives? How do we achieve the endgame? Undercover work could get you arrested for breaking and entering OR you could get lawsuits for property damage as you leap tall buildings.
Well, I have learnt from a gift master and we will give your ideas for every age to help you break the gift game wide open.
1. Shiatsu Back Shoulder and Neck Massager with Heat
I can personally vouch for this product! My hubby left to work overseas for a couple of months and knew that because of my lack of sleep, I constantly had stiff shoulder muscles. So being his typical ‘attention to detail’ self, he got me one of these and gosh is it awesome!
There are different massage settings from a light touch to a deep tissue massage and the option of the infrared makes for warmth for an extra soothing treat. All of which help ease aches, pains, and fatigue.
The ever-changing directions of the massager just add to the thoroughness of your massage targeting all those knots and tension spots inducing blissful sighs as it releases your stress. This product has great functionality in a compact size which is just a fancy way of saying that it is wonderful to use anytime and anywhere.
This was by far one of my hubby’s great gift ideas for me…love it!
2. Harry Potter Hogwart's Crest Satchel Handbag with Charm
What woman doesn’t love handbags, seriously?! This handbag however has an edge, it is Hogwarts inspired and is probably better suited for a Harry Potter fan. “[W]e must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” And when it comes to a Potter fan finding the right gift is never easy.
So, this idea gives the best of all worlds by being functional and too (with room for a broom and wand, just kidding, or am I? “Wingardium Leviosa!”). It has all the houses of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter beautifully printed in graphic colors, durable quality outer shell with zippers, compartments, and a sturdy strap.
3. CDE Angel Wing Love Heart Necklace and Earrings
This angel winged heart set is a beautifully set crystal with gorgeous detail and an adjustable chain. This is a perfect gift for all occasions and will work for your wife, mom, friend, or even to treat yourself.
The set comes in a variety of colors and types. Some 18K white gold plated, some are sterling silver, some are gun black plated, some are rose gold plated, and others are champagne gold plated
4. King & Queen Matching Couple Hoodie Set
Okay, I have a guilty secret. Although I’m not sure it is a secret if you happen to know me here it is, I’m super corny! I love sentimental stuff; I love soppy movies with happily ever- afters and romance.
So, this next item on my best gift ideas comes as no surprise: a couple’s matching outfit! Yes, I know super corny but O so awesome. These KING and QUEEN logo hoodies are super cute and perfect for couples. Great gift for a spouse or as a gift to a couple.
The His and Hers matching hoodie set coagulate precedence of lovey-dovey feelings, so it is definitely something to consider for your significant couple.
5. Samsonite Tectonic Lifestyle Sweetwater Business Backpack
In my view, this is THE backpack of all backpacks. It is the bag for the modern individual that needs to take it all and have it all. As a writer, personally, i love the idea of being able to take my laptop everywhere with me but also be able to take odds and bits as well, all in one convenient bag.
All the compartments make it easier to manage all your goodies in accessible and suitably placed spots. This gift is a definite must if you want functionality and awesome in one punch.
Gift Ideas for Men
Men…a life form that requires plenty of fresh air and constant supervision lest they suffocate themselves with their farts or lose themselves like they lose their keys (well, that could just be my husband LOL, my hubby: he is the mac to my cheese and the ice-cream to my chocolate sauce:)
We love our men (even though they drive us insane), they too deserve some spoils some of the time, but each man is different. It’s complicated (ha-ha I will try refrain from commenting on this for now) to find the perfect gift for him however if he loves grooming then your choice list may have just narrowed.
Getting him one of these grooming kits will make his life easier and allow him one less thing to worry about. So, if you are looking for a wonderful gift to give your significant other or just a male friend or even your dad or brother, then try one of these to wonder ‘babies’.
1. Hatteker Cordless Electric Rotary Shaver
2. iHeat 6 in 1 Electric Razor for Men
Gift Ideas for Teens or Tweens
Buying gifts for teens, or just pre-teens or just kids in general, is a minefield! I have a just-turned 13-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son, so I have been, and I still am, in this battle. The live wire moods versus the know-it-all attitude mixed in with that smart-@$ mouth…I whooosaaaaa a LOT with them.
So, I get you, I understand…the struggle is real my friend. They are at an age where they are a hot mess of wanting to be big but also being mommies’ babies. So, when you up against the wall, trying to please a little ‘rebel’ princess or prince you cannot afford to take the wrong step if you step on a landmine, her tears will destroy YOU or his tear-sheened veiled eyes will make YOU feel wretched. But have no fear though… I got you.
All you need do is open your eyes and take note of her/his taste as well as style so you can choose something that will make them smile because when they do smile (however rare hehe) the world seems brighter somehow.
1. PAPAISON Adjustable Inline Skates for Kids and Adults
2. Baby Yoda-The Mandalorian Toy (for Kids Ages 4 and Up)
This adorable Star Wars Child Animatronic Edition has Over 25 sound and motion combinations. If you or your child love Star Wars then this is indeed the way.
3. FlyBee Boards 27in Cruiser Skateboard
There you have it, my friends, all you need do now is pay attention to your target (gift recipient) so you know the direction then and only then can we show you the way. Unfortunately, no one can be told what a great gift is. You must see it for yourself (see what I did there, yes, I am also a matrix fan hehe). Free your mind…Happy gifting!