124+ Christmas Gift Ideas to Ask for When You Don't Know What You Want
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?
- Crafting Supplies
- Fitness Equipment
- Home Decorations
- Things You Need and Use Frequently
- 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.
Do you like to surprise others with gifts or do you like to get a list?
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.
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
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:
- Dumbbells/weight set
- Resistance bands
- Visibility wear (if you train outside at night)
- Kitchen scale
- Wrist/knee supporting wear
- Sports bras
- Yoga/exercise mat
- Moisture-wicking clothes
- Filtering water bottle
- Armband for your phone
- A gym membership
- Personal trainer sessions
- Protein powder
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
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)
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
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.