Getting a gift for a significant other can sometimes be daunting. Whether you're a husband or wife, girlfriend or boyfriend, or whether you've been together for one month or 20 years, finding that perfect gift for that special someone is important.
Social media sites like Pinterest can help spur some creative ideas, and even give helpful instructions if you're looking to give the gift of handmade this year, but not all of us are as crafty as others.
That's why we've not only compiled a guide to the best gift ideas for this Christmas season, but we've thrown in other helpful lists out there that will help you expand your search.
PopSugar has a great list called the "35 Holiday Gifts For the Guy Who Basically Has Everything." This giant list contains everything from a classic Sega Genesis video game console to a "Ultimate Man Refueling Set" by Kiehl's. This is certainly the list you want to check out for something unique.
Over at the Unveiled Wife blog, the husband gift ideas include a shotgun shell Thermos, an assortment of quality grilling tools and gloves, a leather wallet, and even a t-shirt that says "I (Heart) My Wife." In fact, the Unveiled Wife blog has an entire collection of helpful gift ideas in several blog posts, including one called "Utilizing Pinterest To Find Gifts For My Husband," and "The Best Gift A Wife Can Give Her Husband."
Let's just look past the "Anything you get me is fine" suggestion and take a look at a few helpful gift lists from a husband to his wife.
Heavy.com has a great list that includes the wildly popular Alex and Ani charm bracelets, a Sterling Silver Italian heart locket, and the Burberry fragrance gift set.
The Kora Organics line of body lotions is popular this year, so why not give an entire gift set? Esquire Magazine lists the Kora Organics set at the top of its list for wives, along with Cole Haan Henson boots, Oliver Peoples Ria sunglasses, and the Rok manual espresso maker from Crate & Barrel.
Ladies, if your boyfriend is a sports fan, you have a wide selection of choices, including autographed balls from his favorite team, a subscription to a sports magazine or insider access to his favorite sports website, or even tickets to an upcoming game. AllWomensTalk.com also has some advice on saving money in the process. "If he's got a favorite sports team, you can probably find inexpensive tickets to an off-day game or event. Still too expensive? If he's into hockey, but you can't afford the Red Wings, then buy tickets to a non-pro team instead."
If he's more the outdoorsy type, multi tools or portable GPS navigators are always great gifts, as are LED flashlights and camping accessories.
Askmen.com took a serious look at gifts for the girlfriend and came up with 35 good ones that are popular this year. The list includes honeycomb earrings (bee-related items are huge this year), Butter London nail polish, Philosophy skin moisturizer, and even a set of classic Ralph Lauren pajamas.
But if you're ready to take that next step and propose during the festive holiday season, check out Gemvara.com for a wide selection of engagement rings in all styles. The site even features a section for sharing your engagement stories, and a handy calendar to let you know the latest date you can order the ring to get it in time for for that Christmas proposal. Today's the last day to choose from the site's full selection, and next Thursday, December 18, is the last day to order in time for get your ring by Christmas Eve.
Regardless of what the latest gift trend is this Christmas season, personal, hand-made presents are always a hit when they come from the heart. So show that special someone how much they mean to you by giving them something that you know they'll love.