The art of gift-giving is just that: an art. It requires calculated thought and keen observation to do gift-giving right. If you've mastered the art, chances are your popularity as a grandparent, uncle, in-law, etc., is at an apex.
If you struggle to know what to get you can make the process simpler and cut your deliberation time in half with these seven unique gifts. They are sure to bring smiles this holiday season.
Throughout time, the gift of a blanket has communicated warmth, kindness and appreciation from sender to recipient. Giving a blanket is more than just providing a functional gift to stay warm with on a cold, wintry night. This holiday season, if you are considering giving a blanket to a loved one, try a blanket from Minky Couture.
Minky fabric provides plush comfort with its 100 percent polyester, fleece-like qualities. Buyers love Minky because the high quality of Minky fabric protects its colors from fading and supports long-lasting warmth. Its products have won the company the Best of State title for the last four years.
Blankets from Minky Couture come in all sizes, colors and patterns and can be customized to make them more personalized for that special someone.
Give your loved one the gift of efficiency, health, fitness and more with an Apple Watch. Apple sold 4.7 million Apple Watches last quarter and captured 17 percent of the global market, maintaining its position at the top of the smartwatch sales chart, according to the International Data Corporation.
The latest Apple Watch is waterproof and offers standalone connectivity, GPS and a bundle of third-party apps. It also monitors activity and workout information so loved ones can stay on top of their health. This year’s watch has a 30 percent larger display and a new sensor that can even perform an electrocardiogram to spot any irregularities.
The best-received gifts are gifts that have meaning and purpose. Nothing does that quite like a DNA test from companies like AncestryDNA or 23andMe. Test results connect recipients to the living and the dead who share their DNA, helping them establish bonds they never knew they could.
The popularity of the AncestryDNA test led to 1.5 million kit sales from Black Friday to Cyber Monday in 2017, Forbes magazine reported.
When you wrap up a Tile Pro this year, you are not only giving someone peace of mind, but also the gift of time. These wireless trackers can be attached to often-lost objects like keys, wallets, phones, remotes and even pets.
The tracker works with a phone app to help you find the last known location of the object. You can also set the lost object’s tracker to make an audible chirp so you can find it faster, reports an article in Wired magazine.
Tile Pro has a range of 300 feet and is powered with replaceable coin cell batteries (which last about a year).
Gygi cooking classes
In a world full of things, an experience gift is one that fills the heart. A cooking class offers a change of pace in a fast-moving world. It is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends while also building useful skills.
The Gygi Culinary Center in Salt Lake City provides American and international cooking classes in a decadent demonstration kitchen and is a top choice of TripSavvy expert Marsha Maxwell.
“It’s a place where beginners and experts alike can gather to cook, create, and explore their inner chefs. No matter your skill level in the kitchen, we offer classes ranging from the basics to the niche,” the Orson Gygi Company website says.
Class prices range from $45 to $65, or buy a $65 gift card to allow your recipient to choose the classes they want.
Microsoft Surface Go
For the techie in your life, there is nothing quite like the affordability ($400), portability and ease of use of the Microsoft Surface Go. On Wired magazine’s 2018 Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas list, the Surface Go comes with a 10-inch screen so it is compact — a tablet — while also sporting a kickstand for hands-free needs.
The Surface Go is a lightweight device and can easily be used with one hand. It also comes with a USB port for charging and computing needs.
Need an added incentive? Starting on Nov. 18, Microsoft is offering $50 off instantly on select configurations of the Surface Go, bringing the price of the tablet down to $349, Digital Trends reports.
Weekend getaway to St. George or Park City
Surprise someone close to you this holiday with a weekend getaway to nearby St. George or Park City. By taking the time to think through all the travel and booking details for your recipient, you allow them the freedom to just get excited about the upcoming adventure and not stress.
St. George, referred to as a “top desert town choice” by Travel and Leisure, is a popular Utah destination because of its year-round warm weather, golf courses and proximity to Zion National Park.
Deer Valley and Park City Mountain offer skiers plenty of runs to keep them busy while enjoying a jaw-dropping backdrop. Ranked No. 2 in Best Ski Destinations by U.S. News and World Report, a quick getaway to Park City is something not soon forgotten.
Whether you are hoping to impress a spouse or to reward someone else extremely important to you, the Minky Couture blankets and other items on this list will get the job done.