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Christmas Gift Ideas 2009

Here are some practical Christmas gift ideas 2009. Christmas, the once a year obligatory gift giving occasion oftentimes is the most difficult. For one, you have to keep track of what you’ve given in the past, all the while being creative and inventive.While gift giving can be a chore for most, it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve ever wondered what to get your mother-in-law or your grandpa on Christmas; you’re not alone. Read on to get various Christmas gift ideas 2009 for lots of occasions.

Mom – Choose items mom will cherish and use, such as jewelry with her children’s birthstones, or monogrammed items like towels or stationary. Go for useful items like nifty kitchen ware and seasonal clothing and accessories.

Dad – Go practical with your father’s gift, as random knick knacks and t-shirts that say “Number 1 Dad” don’t get much use. Think of items he can use at the office, home or leisure, such as a desk organizer, drink decanter, or a passport wallet. Also, try to select items that feed into his hobbies and/or pastimes.

Grandparents – It’s a decent idea to give a joint gift for couples, especially if you select something you know both of them will enjoy (or if you get something generic that at least the woman will appreciate). Choose items that either have sentimental value or are practical for everyday use. Music and movies from their youths to slippers are safe Christmas gift ideas 2009 picks.

Siblings – In theory, shopping for your sibling should be easier because a) the age difference is less than that of your parents and grandparents signifying the likelihood of having more in common, and b) chances are you’re in constant contact with them. I suggest to shop at their favorite store or purchase a brand they favor. If in the end they don’t quite like the gift, you can play the “Oh, but it’s your store/brand” card, and at the very least you’ll look like you’re observant. Keep it real with gift cards, and in the amount you would have spent on an actual present. (A bit on the impersonal side, yes, but I don’t know how many times I’ve heard twenty and thirty-somethings preferring a gift card to a present they will never use.)

Significant Other – Hard to find that special gift that says, “I love you”, or “I care about you” without appearing super cheesy. Massage/spa gift certificates, specialty gift baskets loaded with her favorite things, and a gift that donates of portion of the sale to a charitable cause can work for Christmas gift ideas 2009 too.

Significant Other’s Parents/In-Laws – Shopping for your significant other’s parents or in-laws is a tough one, especially when you’re still getting to know each other. Selecting safe and generic items won’t be frowned upon much in this gift giving instance. If you select a gift for them as a couple perhaps serving platters or other house wares used for entertaining guests are options. Gift baskets and books including novels, cook books or standard coffee table books are other safe bets.

Friends – If you have to read a gift tips article on what to buy for your friend for Christmas gift ideas 2009, then maybe you shouldn’t even be buying them a present. All kidding aside, consider your friends interests, values and obsessions, and select gifts with those in mind. Perhaps, in your latest conversation he/she mentioned he/she is considering a trip to Spain in the spring. A perfect gift could be a Spanish/English dictionary and a neat toiletry bag with tons of compartments.

Co-workers – Unless you’re super close with your co-workers or there’s a “Secret Santa” or group gift that’s initiated in the office, gift exchange between co-workers is not necessary. Greeting cards or a celebratory lunch usually will suffice, or consider a Starbuck’s gift card for your coffee-fiend co-worker, or Trader Joe’s gift card for the health nut in the office.