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20 Gift Ideas (for the person you forgot)

We’ve all been there. You make lists and shop and plan for weeks (months, maybe?) only to find yourself in a pickle when your brother’s new girlfriend stops by, or you realize at the last minute that you’re the only one without a gift for the teacher.

Or maybe you forgot to get your husband something. Hey, it happens…

Here a list of some never-fail gifts that you can give to almost anyone, male or female, from the mail carrier to your secret Santa swappee. Just keep a couple wrapped up with a bow in your closet and excuse yourself for a moment if/when an unexpected gift-giving situation arises. (Tie a blank tag on each and stash a pen in there, too.)

You’ll be Ms. Perfectly Prepared, and look like you never missed a thing. (And if you don’t use them? They’re all awesome enough to keep for yourself, too!)

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1. Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle

2. A leatherbound journal

3. A Tervis tumbler

4. An entertainment book filled with coupons for local stores, restaurants, etc. You can often get these from community groups, boy scouts, etc.

5. A gift certificate for a local oil change (I LOVE this gift!)

6. Reusable bamboo lunch utensils (like those from To-Go Ware)

7. A gas station gift card tie to a bottle of dashboard wipes

8. 2 canning jars, one with a Cuppow lunchbox adaptor and one with a Cuppow drinking lid

9. Texting gloves (Make sure they’re good quality. Crappy gloves are kind of a crappy gift.)

10. A gift certificate for movie tickets and a box of Junior Mints

11. An assortment of all-natural candies (think The Lovely Candy Co.) in a mason jar tied with a seasonal bow. Add a toothbrush if you’re feeling funny.

12. A grocery store gift card wrapped up in a reusable shopping bag

13. 2 bars of really good quality organic, fair trade chocolate – one plain, one exotic (like a chocolate quinoa bar!)

14. A bottle of spiced apple wine. (If you can get local, do it! It gives your gift a story.) Maybe add a nice bottle opener, if budget allows.

15. An Oxfam donation. There may be no bigger gift than a goat for someone who really needs a goat. They even offer a printable gift card option on their website.

16. A set of Toockies fair trade scrub dish cloths - your purchase helps support artisans in India. They’re made of organic cotton and can be recycled as potting mesh.

17. A gift certificate for a local eatery (make sure it’s one you like, just in case) ;)

18. A set of glass straws from Glass Dharma

19. A set of Facebook Like and Dislike Stamps , along with instructions not to actually stamp them ON people.

20.  A whole buncha lottery tickets stuck in a box of tissues (to cry in, of course!) LMAO!

 

What would you add to the list?

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