I love shopping for gifts. I love the thrill of the hunt (read more about that in The Happiness of Pursuit), the rush I get when I find I gift I just know someone is going to love, and the excitement I feel when I wrap it up in pretty paper (for more of my love of wrapping, check out Wrapping Wonderland). Giving a gift is one of my favorite things to do because it's my primary love language (if you want to know what yours is, check out 5 Love Languages), but I know it's not a favorite for everyone. For a lot of people (most people, it seems!), gift giving—especially around the holidays, when there are so many gifts to give—can be more frustrating than fun. That's why I've decide to create a Positively Present Gift Guide to help those who are struggling to find the perfect gift.
In my search for perfect persents this year, I've come across some great finds and hopefully these ideas will inspire you in your hunt for great gifts. And if none of these tickle your fancy, maybe the people on your list would like a Positively Present book like Stay Positive, The ABCs of Self-Love, Live Happily Ever After Now, or Positively Dani artwork (available on Society 6 as prints, phone cases, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pillows, and more!). Whatever gifts you decide to give, remember what Garfield the cat said in one of my favorite holiday films: "It's not the giving. It's not the receiving. It's the loving."
Alexa Chung's It ($23) : such a unique, beautiful fashion scrapbook
Kate Spade Festive Scarf ($128) : pretty pastels brighten her winter wardrobe
Bloom Hexagon Studs ($35) : the pastel purple will remind her of spring
She Hit Pause Wall Art ($98) : really loving the work from this artist
150-piece ELF Makeup Set ($15) : every color she could ever need!
Two-Tone Sweater ($25) : a chunky cableknit for to keep her cozy
Light Up the Room Candle ($40) : because she does, doesn't she?
Izzy & Ali Foldover Clutch ($48) : a clutch big enough to fit all the things!
Sticky Notes Six Pack ($12) : making the reminders prettier
Optimist / Pessmist Glasses ($25) : a reminder to see life as half-full
iPhone Gloves ($95) : so he can stay warm and still text
Herschel Weekender Bag ($79) : a step up from a duffle bag
Paddle Your Own Canoe Book ($16) : Nick Offerman cracks me up
Buck Trophy ($30) : a better alternative to killing Bambi
Reversible Tie ($38) : love the bright, fun colors on this one
Mr. T in Your Pocket ($10) : this is a lot more fun than you'd think!
Key Tools ($10) : for fixing things wherever he finds himself
Timex Watch ($65) : a nice mix of modern black + classic leather
Instagram Toy Camera ($35) : get 'em started young!
Animal Map of the World ($22) : this is just too cute
Unicorn Sprinkles Shaker ($14) : making sprinkles even more fun
Junior Gallery Art Set ($35) : a bright box for beautiful art supplies
Monster Bowling Set ($22) : the cutest monsters I've ever seen
Rockin' Guitar ($12) : perfect for the lil' rock star in your life
Fox Jump Rope ($17) : an old-school gift with a foxy twist
Small Space Tote ($10) : perfect for carrying around a tike's toys
Butterfly Pushpin Set ($15) : as pretty in the package as it will be in use
Can't Stop, Won't Stop Prints ($18 each) : pretty + inspiring
Sparkle Goodie Bag ($20) : perfume, polish, and a pout-worthy lip gloss
What Does the Fox Say Tee ($13) : the song's in your head now, isn't it?
Table Ping Pong Set ($15) : perfect, portable fun for all ages
Eleni's Text Me Cookies ($23) : delicious and funny? yes!
My Life in Graphs ($16) : fun for that infographic-lovin' guy or gal!
Crazy Things Parents Text Book ($9) : this will make any teen laugh
Tiny Confessions ($11) : the secret thoughts of dogs and cats
Custom Silhoupette ($170+) : a custum charm featuring your pet's silhouette
Cat Button Set ($8) : Gemma Correll's buttons are a must for cat lovers
Dog Wobble Ball ($18) : I'm pretty sure Barkley would love this
Good Dog Ball Bucket ($30) : lovin' this pet set from Harry Barker
Orange Colorblock Scarf ($20) : perfect for chilly canine or kitty
Baggu Animals Bag Set ($24) : I used my Baggu bags daily!
It's a Dog's Life Journal ($20) : perfect for the new puppy parent
T-Rex Desk Organizer ($12) : because any desk can use some fun
Blah Blah Blah Notepad ($10) : a little bit of humor for note-taking
Andy Warhol Philosophy Pencils ($9) : for workday inspiration
Poppin Laptop Tote ($24) : comes in different color combos too
Retro Pen Set ($5) : I have (and love!) these little pens
Great Ideas Notebook ($6) : perfect for little, on-the-fly notes
Task Clips ($10) : bright clips for keeping it all together
Expandable Photo Display ($25) : a great way to cheer up a desk
Mr. Happy Mug ($14) : a reminder for that Mr. Not-So-Happy
Glitter Salad Servers ($38) : indulgent, yes, but so sparkly + fun
What's a Hostess to Do? Book ($12) : ideas for effortless entertaining
Storymatic Game ($30) : a unique + silly game to get the party started
Hashtag Oven Mitt + Potholder ($14) : #classy #amusing #perfectgift
Bathroom Guest Book ($16) : a uniquely humorous hostess gift
Snowflake Tumbler ($11 for 4) : gold + silver snowflakes—so festive!
Christmas Party Block ($16) : not usually true, but still funny
Salt & Pepper Cellars ($18) : a fresh take on salt + pepper shakers
One Word a Day ($14) : the easiest-to-keep journal ever made
Cassette Sticky Tapes ($5) : a throw back to the pre-iTunes days
Wishbone Ornament ($16) : for those post-Thanksgiving Day wishes
Password Reminder Book ($13) : perfect for the forgetful one
Constellation Matches ($4) : lights the candles + sparks the firewood
On-the-Go Game Pad ($9) : you never know when you'll need it
Rebecca Minkoff Alphabet Pouch ($50) : a pop of color for her purse
Glitter Heart Double Wrap Watch ($20) : a little love, a little sparkle
Sugar Lip Treatment ($23) : my favorite cosmetic indulgence!
Fandango ($25) : everyone loves a trip to the movies
Chromecast ($35) : Google's show-streaming device is a must-have
America the Beautiful Field Notes ($12) : a pretty special edition pack
Pink Heart Sunglasses Case ($42) : I've been eyeing this for years!
Typography Magnets ($10) : perfect for the word nerd
Narwhal Screwdriver Set ($15) : who doesn't love narwhals?