31 Great Gifts That Keep on Giving
If you're wondering what kind of gift to buy for the person who already "has it all" this holiday season, you're not alone! It's hard to come up with new and creative ideas for that special someone.
But don't fret. If you're looking to buy a gift this year that won't fade away once the newness wears off, then you've come to the right place. Take a look at these gifts that keep on giving! (See also: 25 Gifts You Can Make Today)
1. Cooking Classes
What gift could give back more than cooking classes? Classes are fun and a great way to either brush up on existing skills or learn new ones.
2. Perennial Flowers
Why not give the gift of beautiful flowers that continue to bloom each year? No worries if you're not much of a green thumb, here's some advice on how to choose perennials.
3. A Charity Donation
If you're looking for something that surely won't get returned or re-gifted, consider giving a donation on someone's behalf to their favorite charity. Two sites that can help you weed through the various charities and decide which to give to this season are Charity Navigator and Just Give.
4. A Costco Membership
Costco memberships are a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving. The savings had at a membership warehouse like Costco can really add up, especially if someone doesn't have to pay the $50 membership fee that first year!
5. Rechargeable Batteries and Charger
It's not the most exciting gift in the world, but for that practical someone on the list, it makes a lot of sense.
Give the gift of a family photo to your spouse, grandparents, or other relatives. Use a site like Snapfish to put them into a memory book, calendar, or any number of other creative ideas.
7. Toms Shoes
Toms Shoes are an excellent gift because they are two gifts in one. When you buy a pair of shoes, Toms donates a pair of shoes to a child in need around the world.
8. Toms Sunglasses
Toms recently starting selling more than just shoes. You can give the gift of eyesight to someone in need around the world with every purchase of a pair of Toms sunglasses.
9. Zoo Membership
A zoo membership is a great gift for a family with children. The membership can be used multiple times throughout the year and usually includes free passes to the dolphin show (my favorite!) and other extras.
10. Sponsorship of an International Child
Through an organization like World Vision, you can provide a child with education for as little as $32. You can also sponsor a child for roughly $35 per month, which provides a child with clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, and education.
11. A Pocket Camcorder
Give the gift of capturing memories with a pocket camcorder. Here are good reviews of pocket camcorders to get you headed in the right direction.
12. A Letter
Give a memorable gift that a loved one can re-read at any time. Hand-written letters are a thing of the past, which makes them even more special.
13. A Famous Family Recipe
Do you make the best pulled pork with your own special BBQ sauce? Or perhaps no one comes close to that perfect chili recipe like you do. Type your "almost" famous recipe and tape it to a new pot, pan, or other cooking utensil.
14. A Vacation
This doesn't have to be a seven-day Mediterranean cruise. It can as small as an overnight stay in the city or a weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast. Memories created on these trips will last a lifetime!
15. Blue Silk Scarves
Looking for a winter accessory to give to your special someone? Take a look at scarves from Blue Silk Scarves. Each purchase sends a donation to help women in Cambodia break free from cycles of poverty by teaching them life skills.
16. (Not Your Average) Greeting Card
If you're just looking for a greeting card for the holiday, be sure to check out the great collection from Tree Nex. Every card purchase you make will plant a tree in a forest for your recipient, and you can even track your tree online.
17. (Not Your Average) Gift Card
If you're looking to give someone a gift card this year, consider giving a card that will allow them to help change the world. The vision for Global Giving is to "unleash the potential of people around the world to make positive change happen." Each card allows your recipient to choose what projects they donate the gift card amount to. Projects include feeding the hungry, educating children, building houses, training men and women with jobs skills, and many others.
18. Your Skills
Are you really good at woodworking? Make something. Have a knack for cooking? Volunteer to teach your skills. Love kids? Offer to babysit once a month to give parents a break. Are you a budding artist? Create an amazing canvas to help decorate someone's home. Use your natural talents, be creative, and have fun.
19. Reusable Gift Bag
If you are wrapping your gift, choose a reusable gift bag so your recipient can use the bag again for someone else. Plus, you'll save some trees as well.
20. A Reusable Water Bottle
Check out these reusable water bottles to help stay away from any potentially hazardous plastics.
21. A Special Edition iPod
Give the gift of music with a (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition iPod. Apple gives a portion of the purchase price to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
22. Jewelry With a Purpose
If you're looking to give the gift of jewelry this year, check out 31 Bits. Your gift will also give the gift of fighting poverty for women in Uganda.
23. A Secret Identity
For the wannabe crime fighters in your life, give the gift of living out a superhero identity. The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company has all your needs covered. All proceeds go directly to support the free writing and tutoring programs at 826NYC, a nonprofit that supports students ages 6-18 with their writing skills.
24. A Fresh Herb Keeper
I've never understood why grocery stores sell herbs in huge bunches when recipes usually call for a small amount. Most of the time, we end up throwing our herbs away. Check out this clever fresh herb keeper, which helps avoid wasting money and food.
25. A Fruit and Veggie Saver
26. Reusable Vacuum Seal Lids
Help your friends or family go green by getting rid of plastic wrap. Not only will these reusable vacuum food sealers help keep heaps of plastic wrap out of landfills, they will keep food fresher longer.
27. A Good "How To" Book
A book that can teach a new skill or way of doing things could be a gift that gives back tenfold. I really like David Allen's Getting Things Done book. You could also try the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.
28. A Coupon Book
An Entertainment Book is a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving, or rather keeps on saving! The book offers coupons, discounts, and savings in multiple categories like restaurants, entertainment, and car maintenance, to name a few.
29. Magazine Subscriptions
To give a gift that lasts all year long, consider a magazine subscription.
30. Netflix Subscriptions
Similarly, for the movie buff on your list, give the gift of limitless blockbusters by offering a subscription to Netflix.
31. Food of the Month Club
Whether the person on your list loves steaks, cheese, pizza, wine, or other foods, you can give the gift of their favorite dish to last them all year long. Check out Club-Offers.com for that perfect fare. Bon Appetit!
What other gifts would you add to this list?