Gift Ideas for Hard to Buy for People

Presents for IvySo are you getting stressed out yet about your holiday shopping? Especially shopping for the people on your list that you just don’t know what to get for them?

The best thing to think about for those hard-to-buy for people on your list is not to think about what object to get, but what service to get. In other words, think less about buying a wool sweater and more about getting a dry cleaning certificate. Don’t give just a restaurant gift certificate, but combine it with an offer to pay for a babysitter or be the babysitter yourself. Give a book of car washes or a car detail gift certificate. Offer to mow the lawn or shovel the walkway for the season. Or give a gift certificate to Peapod or other delivery service to give someone a grocery shopping break. My personal favorite gift is a spa gift certificate – what a better gift than one of pampering because, let’s face it, when do most of us take the time for some pampering.

Congratulations to Julie for winning the 3rd day of the Charlene Chronicles’ 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways: a $25 Spa Wish gift certificate good at hundreds of spas across the country.


Image Credit: EdenPictures

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  1. Great idea! Love your posts on Facebook.

  2. Great give away! I always struggle with what to give my parents!

  3. Exactly what I need for either myself or to give as a gift!!

  4. I like the blankets in the photo… Is there a how to for them so somewhere? Thanks!

  5. Oops its wrapping paper! Love it still 🙂

  6. Praying I win this one. I know someone who is desperately in need of a massage after all she has gone through recently. Thank you.

  7. Now thsi would be a great present!

  8. I love the spa. Getting pampered is such a treat.

  9. wow – what a treat this would be!

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