If you have that someone special in your life you’d like to surprise this Christmas with the absolute perfect gift, we’ve got your back. Whether you’ve been together for a long time or yours is one of those stories about how “everyone can meet people online” and you haven’t been together that long, but are in the gift-giving stage of the relationship, we bet you can find something on our list. This year, we’ve decided to go with a co-ed kind of list, and offer ideas that would make great gender-neutral gifts for anyone to make things just a touch easier.
Notwithstanding the craze surrounding bitcoin these days, it’s good to think about the future and what finances could look like 20 or 30 years down the road. Gender-neutral and uber popular at the moment, bitcoin says you’re a practical person who doesn’t concern themselves with flashy and shiny as much as they do with useful and responsible. The only downside to giving the gift of bitcoin is that the person on the receiving end has to have a wallet to store it, and you need to know their email associated with it. In other words, the only way you can make this a surprise is if you know for a fact they already have bitcoin and know their email linked to it. Other than that, it’s a very thoughtful albeit not particularly romantic gift, but still one that says you care deeply. Mind you, no one is saying get your significant other a $16,000-gift, but a fraction of it that is within your budget.
#2: Bookstore Gift Certificate
Long gone are the times when bookstores used to carry just books. Nowadays, bookstores come equipment with all sorts of knick-knacks that are both useful and playful in our everyday lives. If you can’t decide which funky gadget or whimsy to get your date, going with a gift card is the next best option. Plus, they could always end up buying books they usually find overpriced or just out of their reach. Many bookstores also have adjacent coffee shops where you could also get them a gift card, the funds on which the two of you can spend together when out of the town or when they’re done picking out the cutest curiosities the bookstore has to offer. Make a date out of it and enjoy it the same way you would if you were into local dating instead of its digital counterpart.
Bake your date their favorite cake, take them out to their favorite patisserie as a gift or order in a bunch of cupcakes to feast on during the holiday season. This can also be an additional gift you get them or the main one, depending on how much ‘all out’ you want to go to satisfy their sweet tooth. Assorted chocolates, pralines, or good old chocolate cake can be an introduction to a very gourmet Christmas you have planned, provided you’re savvy in the kitchen and like to cook. Home-made desserts or little store-bought pieces of heaven may get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day or even give you a headache because in just two months you’ll have to come up with another original gift idea, but chocolate is one of the most romantic gifts you can give, and it never ever gets old.
#4: Gift Basket
If you want to go for an unusual gift that aims to please, look no further than a personalized gift basket. Putting together a gift basket is one of the most thoughtful and simplest gift ideas, but it means you get your date more gifts than just one. Wrap up each one separately so they have a blast opening them all up, and get a kind of basket one of you can re-use later around the house. The individual gifts that you purchase don’t have to have a hefty price tag. All you need to do is put some thought into each one and make this gift-giving season unforgettable. With a gift like this, who can say you can’t find your ‘perfect match’ using online dating services?!