Stuck at the office trying to placate a difficult client? Working on your soon-to-be bestselling novel and can’t take a moment out? Driving around your kids from ballet classes, figure skating classes and Volleyball practice, and just can’t find the time to shop? Just don’t know what to get for your mother-in-law? Here are the Best Holiday Gifts for Your Family:
Best Gift for Your Man:
Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is without a doubt the gift to give this year to anyone who admired his innovation, determination, resiliency and legacy. Jobs’ life was never quite easy but his gifts could be seen early and his persistence a true inspiration. Just hand it to your man and whisper in his ear, “Steve Jobs’ genius reminds me of you, but well, even he can’t top the best.”
Best Gift for Your Brother:
You can’t go wrong with some supersonic earphones, perfect for his iPod, iPad or cell phone. We fell in love with iSkin’s collections. We really recommend the iSkin earTones which has flexible fitting and built-in remote and comes in loads of cool colours. If you prefer a more comfort fit in the ear, the Cerulean X1 is an upgraded model which comes with three different sizes of silicone earbuds to optimal fit. The colour choices are Onyx and Blizzard and the earphones have a Matrix look to them. If you just want to give a token, low cost gift, the Cerulean XLR, which are really gorgeous to look at, are on sale for $9.99.
Best Gift for Your Sister:
Elizabeth Arden’s Pretty Hot perfume is a fabulous gift for your partner in crime or greatest rival. It lets her know that she has that special something and the gift will make her feel sexy and on top of the world.
Best Gift for Your Mom or Someone Who Loves to Bake:
Cake Boss in the house! Buddy Valastro, star of the hit TLC TV series has released the incredible cookbook Baking with the Cake Boss. He teaches everything from kneading to rolling, fondant to flowers, and includes more than 100 of his best recipes. The best part was his inclusion of how to create your own personal trademark cakes, with “a chart that lets you mix and match cake, frosting, and liqueur syrup for cakes the way you like them.”
An alternative gift for your Mom is Prevage’s Day or Night creams. These anti-aging creams are very …
Best Gift for Your Dad:
If your Dad has an iPad2, possibly no gift can compare to the iSkin aura2 for iPad 2. This case is fabulous to carry, comes with glare protection, built in typing stand, auto-sleep functionality, inner pockets for cards, etc. If you really want to pamper the man who always pampers you, and he has an iPhone 4/4S, then get him the matching case aura for iPhone 4/4s so he has a very sophisticated set.
Best Gift for Your Grandmother:
Pamper your beloved Grandmother with Crabtree & Evelyn Afternoon Tea and Crabtree & Evelyn Ruby Orange Marmalade. Advertised as “cooked with the finest oranges from the romantic Italian island of Sicily,” this marmalade is truly out of this world. Paired with these fine Kenya and Ceylonese tea sachets, this is a gift fit for someone you love. With old school charm and quality that can’t be beat, this combo reflects a truly thoughtful and caring present that will pamper someone who definitely deserves it.
Best Gift for Your Grandfather:
You can’t go wrong by gifting your grandfather CDs or music that was recorded in his era by artists he likes. You can also get from Roadside Oldies, older era music on 45s, LPs, cassettes, CDs, and DVDs. Their specialties are 1950′s and 60′s rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop, Motown, and 70′s and 80′s soul music.
If he does not enjoy music, fishing or golf equipment is usually a winner as well.
Best Gift for Mother-in-Law:
Crabtree & Evelyn has the most fabulous hard creams and these make for very special gifts, particularly with a cold winter coming. A personal favourite of ours is Rosewater, but if your mother-in-law has traveled far to visit you this season or you think she would enjoy variety, consider the Hand Therapy “Traveller” Sampler which features of trio of scents: Citron, Honey & Coriander, and Rosewater.
Best Gift for Father-in-Law:
Why not gift him a really nice framed picture of your husband and him? Or, if you have any sons, a three-generation masculine portrait. This is a really thoughtful gift he can put up and that always reminds him of his legacy.
Best Gift to Give Your Niece:
The Body Shop’s Born Lippy™ Lip Balm Selection. This collection of 5 lip balms in fruity flavours is packaged in a too cute to be true lollipop shape. It’s fun to carry around, show off to friends and of course try on different flavours.
Best Gift to Give Your Nephew:
A board game is a great gift for the young man in your life. While everyone else might be gifting Nintendo or high tech gadgets or the must-have train set, go old school and give him a gift that gets him away from a machine and interacting with friends and family members in the real world. DelectablyChic! recommends for kids aged 4 to 8 Pictionary Junior, Guess Who?, the Original Memory Game, Chutes and Ladders and Sequence for Kids.
This article was originally published in DelectablyChic!