Before the tips, a quip:
“Be at war with your vices; at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin.
One of my vices is being hard on myself and perhaps expecting too much (perfection?)…and I will war against that vice in the New Year! Thus, a great New Year’s Eve gift idea for me is something that revolves around self-forgiveness.
When you’re buying gifts for loved ones, think about who they are and where they want to go in life.
And if you’re buying a gift for someone throwing a New Year’s Eve party, consider a set of inexpensive Charleston Fedoras. No matter what type of party – classy, kitschy, or trendy – these hats are a fun way to ring in the New Year!
And here are a few more gift ideas…
New Year’s Eve Gift Ideas – 7 Ways to Celebrate the New Year
Fun headgear – such a a “Knitted Newsboy Hat.” Hats aren’t just for New Year’s Eve parties, my friends. I love my funky hats from Europe because even when I’m not wearing them, they look terrific just laying around. We have a “hat tree” in our entryway that’s both functional and fun — and I love adding new hats to it. One hat I don’t have (hint, hint Bruce) is a Black Knitted Newsboy Cab Driver Hat with side buckle. There are dozens of cool hats to choose from on Amazon (online gift shopping is easy and fast!), from “Beanie Berets” to NY Yankees ball caps to classic black fedoras.
Something iPad and fitness-oriented. I was just reading in the Vancouver Sun that elderly folk really like watching yoga exercises on iPads. While you don’t have to buy an Apple iPadto celebrate the new year, you could look into the cool apps. Or — and this is another thing I’d love — give the gift of yoga! Baron Baptiste is the best yoga teacher on DVD, and he has a terrific Power Yoga 3-Pack. This is a great New Year’s Eve gift idea for yogis and yoga lovers.
Wall art – not “just” pictures or picture frames. One of the best gifts my husband ever gave me was a gorgeous wall sign that says “If you believe, all things are possible.” Wall signs like that, or a Dance Sing Love Live Wall Artsign are inexpensive, thoughtful, and inspirational New Year’s gifts. This is a good gift for colleagues, coworkers, and family members.
Tickets to see a celebrity or author. If the person you’re buying a gift for loves a certain celebrity or speaker, give them tickets to a live event! For instance, if Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia) is a favorite writer, a gift idea could be tickets to one of her talks or presentations. Tickets is a great New Year’s Gift idea — tickets to sports games, live plays, music concerts, the opera, art shows, or special events.
Time. Who has too much time on their hands? Well, some people do – but they’re few and far between! No matter who your gift recipient is, he or she has probably responsibilities that take time and energy: housecleaning, child minding, cleaning the car, gardening, etc. A great way to start the New Year is by having more time to do what you love! Maybe you could hire someone to do a few months of housecleaning, chauffeuring, or other responsibilities.
An accountability partner for achieving goals. I won’t mention the dreaded “New Year’s Resolutions” – but achieving your goals is so much easier when you have an accountability partner! What are your gift recipient’s goals for the New Year? Where does she want to go, what kind of life does he want to live? A wonderful way to celebrate the New Year is to buddy up and achieve your goals together. This doesn’t just help you succeed, it’ll strengthen your relationship!
Pet-related gifts. A creative gift for dog owners is the book Dogology: What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals about You – it compares human personality traits to their favorite dog breeds. And pictured is the cover of a book called Dogs – funky, huh? Here’s what Amazon says: “From show dogs to shelter dogs, from the grace and agility of racing greyhounds to adored domestic companions, from Afghan hounds to Hungarian komondors to Chinese crested, the images in Dogs is one of the most appealing, popular, and exciting photographic tributes to dogs ever published.”
What do you think of these New Year’s gift ideas? Comments welcome below.
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