Christmas Gift Ideas to Ask for When You Don't Know What You Want
What Should I Ask for This 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?
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:
- It takes stress off of others so they don't have to guess
- Less guessing leads to less 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
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!
- 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.
Do you like to surprise others with gifts or do you like to get a list?
Are you crafty and creative? If not, now is a great time to start!
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.
Fabric measuring station, rulers, fabric chalk
Jewelry planning board
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
General craft gifts you may like:
- Magazine subscriptions or pattern books
- Gift cards to craft stores
- A gift basket full of stuff
- Organized tote bags for carrying crafts
Before saying, "Oh, I don't need anything. I've already got tons of stuff," think about anything you use that you need to add or update. Is your seam ripper dull or bent? Do you use a plastic bag instead of a yarnballholder? Sometimes, we get attached to what we're used to and don't realize how easier things would be if we upgraded.
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:
- Jump rope
- Dumbbells/weight set
- Resistance bands
- Visibility wear (if you train outside at night)
- Kitchen scale
- Wrist/knee supporting wear
- Yoga/exercise mat
- Filtering water bottle
- Armband for your phone
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! Think of something you'd like to come home to everyday and put it on your Christmas list.
Throws, blankets, quilts
Matching shower curtains, rings, towels, toothbrush holders, rugs
Bar items, wine, liquor
Rugs, mats, outdoor shoe brush
Luxurious towels with unique embroidery
Pillows (firm, medium, soft)
Fan blade covers (come in wicker, leaf patterns, etc.)
Appliances (juicer, food processor, knife sharpener, dough mixer, blender, etc.)
Matching comforter and sheet set
Reed diffuser and fragrance, candles, deodorizer
Blackout curtains, curtains, blinds
Curtains, high-quality blinds
Decorative toilet seat
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)
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
Things You Need and Use
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.
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.
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 (they can create a deck here based on what you like!)
- Dwarf frogs in an aquarium
- Housecleaning services
- Candles, incense sticks, wax burners, fragrance burner, or potpourri pot
- An item to add to your collection (if you're a collector of some sort)
- 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
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!