124+ Christmas Gift Ideas to Ask for When You Don't Know What You Want

Updated on December 8, 2017

I Don't Know What I Want for Christmas

Santa has asked for your Christmas list this year, but there's just one problem: you have no idea what you want. You already have a phone you like, a great wardrobe, a closet full of shoes, and a reliable computer. You can't think of anything else you could possibly need!

So, what do you ask for when you already have everything?

You Might Think, "But, I Don't Really WANT Anything..."

What a great "problem" to have, right? You're content with what you have! Plus, you don't want to seem greedy by asking for too much.

There are, however, a few benefits of providing a Christmas list anyway:

  • It takes stress off of others so they don't have to guess what you want.
  • Less guessing leads to fewer fake smiles at Christmas when you get another hideous wool sweater or doorstop fruitcake-in-a-box.
  • You get exactly what you want/need.
  • Shopping is more efficient so it can be done quickly.

What Should I Ask for for Christmas When I Have Everything I Want?

  • Experiences
  • Crafting Supplies
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Home Decorations
  • Things You Need and Use Frequently
  • Food
  • Fun Things You Wouldn't Typically Splurge On

Ask to Go Somewhere You Have Never Been

Ask for an Experience as a Gift

When people think "gifts," they usually think of tangible objects to wear or carry around. If you're stumped for gift ideas, think of cool memories you'd like to make! A few fun examples include (but aren't limited to!):

  • Horseback Riding: There are places that you can ride alone or with a friend, even if you've never been on a horse in your life! You often have "background" options too, such as trail riding through a forest, a canyon, or on the beach.
  • Cirque du Soleil: There's no denying that watching these shows is a heart-pounding experience. Performers do stunts, beautiful music plays, and stories are told. You won't forget it.
  • Spa Day: Take a day off and ask for a massage or spa visit. Everyone needs a break during the holidays.
  • Hang Gliding: Everyone wants to fly and not just for Christmas. Be one with your inner bird and ask for a hang gliding experience!
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride: This seems like something out of a movie, but it doesn't have to be. You'll be chattering for days about lazily floating above the earth.
  • Dinner Get-Together: Ask to go out for dinner with your best friends at a restaurant you've never been to. Laugh, drink, and share funny stories. Take it easy, relax, and catch up with those who matter the most.
  • Disneyland: This is where memories are made, after all. Admittedly, Disneyland is certainly pricey. You might ask your family/friend group as a whole to contribute to making this goal happen.
  • Get-Outside Day: Gather all of your favorite people, and head out into the wilderness. Spend the day relaxing with them, catching up, and just generally enjoying getting to be around each other. Ask everyone to bring one of your favorite dishes for dinner.
  • A Museum: You can make a day trip of this and explore a new city if there's a museum close by that features art or artifacts that interest you. If you have AAA, you can search their website for locations that offer discounts to members.
  • A Concert: Is your favorite band in town? Will they be visiting soon? Ask for two tickets so you and someone special can go together.
  • A Class on Something Interesting: Have you always wanted to brew your own beer? Need to learn how to cook for yourself? Or maybe you've been interested in learning how to work metal? See if a college, community center, or business is offering classes in a subject or trade that you've wanted to learn more about.

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Crafting essentials make great gifts.
Crafting essentials make great gifts.

Restock Your Craft Materials for Christmas

Are you crafty and creative? If not, now is a great time to start!

You might ask for:

  • Tools for a New Trade: Tools are often a hefty investment. You might ask for tools for a craft that you've always wanted to try, but haven't quite had the money to invest in. Woodworking, pyrography, knife-making, bead work, and book binding are just a few types of crafts you might enjoy picking up.
  • Frequently Used Basics: Basics that you run out of all the time (such as thread if you sew or clay if you sculpt)
  • Upgrade Tools You Already Have: Is your seam ripper dull or bent? Do you use a plastic bag instead of a yarn-ball holder? Sometimes, we get attached to what we're used to and don't realize how easier things would be if we upgraded.
  • Fancy Materials: If you've had your eye on that unbelievably soft knitting yarn or that shockingly gorgeous cobalt paint, now is the time to ask!
  • General Craft-Related Gifts: A magazine subscriptions or pattern books for ideas, gift cards to craft stores, a gift basket full of useful materials, or an organizer/tote bag for carrying crafts and in-progress projects.

Buying earrings or a hat at the store doesn't give you the same feeling as it does when you make them yourself. Not only can you create whatever you want, you can also give these out for gifts or donate them to charity! Materials can get expensive, though, so ask Santa for help.

If you crochet/knit, you may need:
If you sew, you may need:
If you make jewelry, you may need:
Different types of yarn (eyelash, fine, medium, chunky)
Needles (replacements, heavy-duty)
New beautiful beads, assorted findings
Different colors of yarn (specialty, rainbow, unique colors)
Sewing patterns (Sew Simple, Simplicity, etc.)
Crimp tools, wire cutters, round-nose pliers, etc.
Various needles/hooks/pins
Fabric measuring station, rulers, fabric chalk
Jewelry planning board
Yarn basket
Buttons, jewels, zippers, elastic, ribbons, boning, etc.
Craft glue (gel, tacky, Mod Podge, etc.)
Yarn ball holder
Different fabrics (tulle, silk, suede, etc.)
Jewel organizing boxes

Fitness Equipment

Are you into yoga or running (or would you like to be)? Nothing motivates you more than having something new to train in. Also, cool gadgets will make you feel like a pro!

Here are a few fitness gifts you may like:

  • Jumprope
  • Dumbbells/weight set
  • Resistance bands
  • Visibility wear (if you train outside at night)
  • Kitchen scale
  • Juicer
  • Leggings
  • Headphones
  • Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Wrist/knee supporting wear
  • Sports bras
  • Yoga/exercise mat
  • Moisture-wicking clothes
  • Headbands
  • Filtering water bottle
  • Armband for your phone
  • A gym membership
  • Personal trainer sessions
  • Protein powder
  • Blender

Home Decorations

Does your house feel like a home or like just another boring place? Is your bedroom the place where you drift blissfully to sleep, or is it just where you face-plant every night?

Make your house your sanctuary! Do away with drab decor! Think of something you'd like to come home to everyday, and put it on your Christmas list.

Home Decorations That Make Great Gifts

Living Areas
Throws, blankets, quilts
Matching shower curtains, rings, towels, toothbrush holders, rugs
Bar items, wine, liquor
Mattress pad
Rugs, mats, outdoor shoe brush
Luxurious towels with unique embroidery
Magnetic whiteboard
Pillows (firm, medium, soft)
Fan blade covers (come in wicker, leaf patterns, etc.)
Magnifying mirror
Appliances (juicer, food processor, knife sharpener, dough mixer, blender, etc.)
Matching comforter and sheet set
Decorative pillows
Reed diffuser and fragrance, candles, deodorizer
Matching dishes
Blackout curtains, curtains, blinds
Curtains, high-quality blinds
Decorative toilet seat
Good-quality silverware
Fragrance diffusers, air fresheners
Picture frames, decorative mirrors
Shelves, organizers, storage receptacles
Towels, oven mitts, apron
Closet organizing tools, hangers, shoe racks
Shelves, shoe racks, coat organizers
Magazine racks, toilet paper holders
Utensils (tongs, potato masher, can opener, peeler, etc.)
Furniture (nightstands, headboard, dresser, shelves)

Everyday Items You Use a Lot and Can Ask for for Christmas

People usually skip over things that they actually NEED because they're so mundane. However, functional things have tons of value and probably won't be re-gifted to next year's donation box.

Generate a list of things you use everyday, and ask for a gift basket filled with them. Not only will you love the gifts, you'll actually be saving a bit of money in the process!

Make sure to write down specific brand names, scents, and colors so that there's no confusion.

Examples of items you may want to ask for include:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant and perfumes
  • Razors and refills
  • Contact solutions
  • Floss, toothbrush replacements, toothpaste, and mouthwash
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • Baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues
  • Socks, underwear, and/or bras
  • Coffee filters or a new/fancier coffee machine
  • Any makeup you use frequently
  • A year's subscription to Netflix, Spotify, or another frequently used streaming service

Boxed cookies or homemade cookies? There's no competition!
Boxed cookies or homemade cookies? There's no competition! | Source

Food Makes a Surprisingly Great Christmas Gift

Do you have a family member who only makes your favorite dish once or twice a year? Are you a fan of baked goods but have no idea what you're doing in the kitchen? Then ask for food!

Asking your loved ones to craft homemade sweets and dishes by hand isn't just a request—it's also a huge compliment. Buying a cake for someone at the store just doesn't feel the same as someone telling you that your skills are awesome and unique.

You might ask for:

  • Frozen food
  • A handmade birthday cake
  • Your favorite dinner or dessert
  • A fancy dinner (take out, dine in, or handmade)
  • Staples (like bread, fruit, and/or veggies)
  • A grocery store gift card
  • A specialty food or dessert (such as macrons)
  • Top-cut steak
  • A paid-for grocery shopping trip (you do the shopping; someone else foots the bill)

The Holiday Season Is Great to Ask for Fun Things You Wouldn't Buy Yourself

You probably can't seem to think of anything you want because you already have tons of things that you like, right? However, there are countless random things you may not have thought of that you would love to receive as a gift! These ideas just get lost in between more grand, complicated gift ideas.

Some fun examples include:

  • Custom playing cards
  • Dwarf frogs in an aquarium
  • Housecleaning services
  • Candles, incense sticks, wax burners, fragrance burner, or a potpourri pot (I've tried a lot of incense in my life, and nothing has come close to Pure Incense and Oils' products. Their Pirate Rum scent is my favorite.)
  • If you're a collector of some sort, an item to add to your collection
  • A personal service, like asking your mechanic uncle to fix your car or your cousin the accountant to do your taxes
  • Winter scarves, gloves, mittens, leg warmers, wrist warmers, socks, scoodies, and beanies
  • Car accessories like a new sound system, seat covers, steering wheel cover, floor mats, trash basket, and hanging organizers (for the backs of the seats)
  • Potted herbs
  • Tupperware sets
  • Gummy vitamins and other supplements
  • Video games, retro systems and games, fancy controllers, and other accessories
  • Surround system for your TV
  • A tree that you can watch grow for many years
  • An in-depth board game, such as Betrayal at House on the Hill, Arkham Horror, Munchkin, or Ticket to Ride

And if none of these ideas spark any interest (or if you're lucky and have everything on this list), ask your family and friends to get something for your pet instead! Additionally, if you've got a great idea that isn't on the list, please comment below and let us know what fantastic gift you got or asked for. Maybe someone else would like it too.


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    mySuccess8 2 years ago

    You have not only covered most of the popular gift ideas, but managed to give a simple, interesting and useful guide on a proper selection of one according to each individual. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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    Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the HOD. I can see why it deserves the award. Nicely written and designed and filled with excellent suggestions.

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    Michael Higgins 2 years ago from Michigan

    Some good ideas here. Surprises are good too. Voted up!

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    Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

    I am so one of those "don't get me anything" people. And I get annoyed at those who keep needling me for what I want. I've learned one thing about these folks: It's more about how it makes them as givers feel, not how the recipients feel. That's my biggest problem with the whole gift giving mess. I don't want to hurt their feelings, but...

    Anyway, great timely hub for the holidays! And big congrats on Hub of the Day. Well deserved. Merry Christmas!

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    Allison Loker 2 years ago from Brooklyn

    Thank you for a great hub!

    I am one of the fortunate few who don't really need anything. I mean, I'm sure there are things I could use if I really applied myself, but when someone asks me what I want for Christmas, all I can think is, "Nothing." I always want to be so practical when it comes to gifts because I like to live minimally and with as little clutter as possible. In that sense, I really have everything I need.

    But you offer some fresh new ideas here.

    Thank you for the suggestions!

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    Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

    Terrific ideas for what you ask, but also what to give. I love the idea of using your list to generate ideas of giving to the person who doesn't know what to ask for. Pinned!

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    stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Hi, nice hub and some good tips. I like to make the list and know what to get family members. I like buying what they want if I can afford it. The dinner thing works great for my adult children.

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    jsovermyer 2 years ago from Hitchcock, TX

    Great hub. Lots of good ideas.

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    jsovermyer 2 years ago from Hitchcock, TX

    Great hub. Lots of great ideas.

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    Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

    A beautifully done hub and well-deserved HOTD. Lovely gift ideas. Not just ideas for what I can ask for but for what I can give. I think part of the joy of giving is figuring out what the other person will like. And that is the joy of getting a gift too. Someone went to the trouble to figure out what you like.

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    Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

    These are all great ideas! When I asked for birdseed this year, my daughter-in-law said, "No!" I said, "Yes! I feed the birds and could always use another bag of birdseed." We'll see in a couple of days if she listened. :) I'll keep this list of ideas in mind next time someone asks. Congratulations on a very helpful Hub of the Day!

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    Eileen 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

    Wonderful ideas and can certainly use as reference . Thanks for the tips !

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    Georgina_writes 2 years ago from Dartmoor

    Great hub. I'm amending my list as we speak! Rating sharing following!

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    Deborah Demander 2 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

    Great ideas. I didn't think I wanted anything, until I read this.

    Thanks for writing.


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    Kappygirl 3 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas! I'm always caught "idea-less" when asked what I want, but now I have a go-to place, not only for myself, but for when I ask family members what they want and they just shrug their shoulders.

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    Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

    Nice hub! thanks for sharing

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    Thaedora 3 years ago

    This is the most helpful thing I have ever seen. No joke. Thank you so much.

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    Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

    I'm a huge fan of asking for experiences. My mother took me to see one of my favorite plays in London for my twenty-second birthday (I was living in the UK at the time, so the trip wasn't the gift, the play was -- I had to pay to get to London to meet her at Gatwick in the first place lol). Great hub! Voted up, UAI!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    No problem!

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    Wendy Smittick 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

    Great ideas. Thanks.

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    Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

    I don't know that I've ever had a problem not knowing what I wanted for Christmas ;) haha great hub!

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    Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

    Great list! I always have trouble coming up with a list of things for myself! Thanks.

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    sadie pfister 4 years ago

    This was great! thank you!

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @karyme -- Good to hear! Thanks for reading.

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    karyme 4 years ago

    helped me a lot

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @Fawntia -- No problem! I'm glad you found it useful. :)

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    Fawntia Fowler 4 years ago from Portland

    I have this problem! I need to make a wish list for my husband for Christmas and your ideas seem like a great place to start. Thanks!

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @ChristinS -- Practical things are the best things to ask for (I think, anyway....) but lots of people always think they've gotta ask for super-expensive things! Which is why I wrote this hub :) Thanks for voting and pinning, I really appreciate it!

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    Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

    So many excellent ideas here. I tend to always seek the practical when my folks ask me what they can get me. I figure it's rude to say "cash" lol, so I always add my favorite natural shampoo and even some art supplies to my Amazon wish list :). Voted up and pinning

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @tmheffernan -- It can be tough. Good luck! I hope this hub helps. :)

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @JPSO138 -- Glad you enjoyed the ideas. :)

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @brandeann12 -- Surprises are awesome! :) I'm pretty bad at keeping the surprise til the last minute. I always drop hints...

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    tmheffernan 4 years ago from Middle East

    the other side of it is its always hard to choose a present for your wife so thank you for some very useful hints.

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    JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

    Great ideas in time for the coming season...

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    FredsFancyRetailebay 4 years ago

    Enjoyed the article. Currently we have been stocking up on niche Tin Toys. These audities are awesome! They have wind ups with keys that clack around when they move bring back so many memories! My wife and I really enjoyed photoing them and winding them to make sure they worked... /wink. These tin toys are those random items that I think have great value to bring a smile and warm memories of 'back in the day.' Reading your post gives reassurance that 'random things' are valued by more people than just my wife and I.

    Thank you for this post as we strategize our Christmas inventory plans as a new store on eBay with just a few distributors and building more.


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    brandeann12 4 years ago from Muscle Shoals, Alabama

    I love surprises. Pretty much anything I get I absolutely love!!! These are all wonderful ideas. A+++!!!

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @FlourishAnyway -- Thanks! :) That's how I see it, too...but there's always something, some little normal thing you want but didn't really think of yet (stuff is always cooler wrapped in pretty paper...or when it's free, lol...) :D

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    FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

    These are great ideas. I never know what to ask for because if I needed it, I'd have bought it already. Voted up and more, plus pinning.

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    JG11Bravo 4 years ago

    @nornsmercy Yes, yes it is.

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @annart -- I like surprises, too! Unless it's fruitcake. :D

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    Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

    Great ideas. I never know what to ask for but then I love surprises. There are some interesting ones here - ones which remind us of possibilities. Up & useful. Ann

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    Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @JG11Bravo -- Food is awesome! :D

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    JG11Bravo 4 years ago

    Food. Not a bad idea. I wonder how many naked goods I can accrue in one holiday.