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Adlen Robinson: Get creative when giving Christmas gifts this year
Christmas gifts

Are you a good gift giver? If you don’t know whether you are or not, you might be in the challenged gift-giver-camp.You might think by just giving someone a gift means you are a good “gifter.” But, by putting more thought into what gifts you give, you can easily become the very best gift-giver ever.

First and foremost, think about the person you are buying (or making) the gift for. What hobbies do they have? Do they like trendy things or are they the more traditional type?

One idea I love is to come up with a basket or a gift bag of several things revolving around the recipient’s hobby or interest. Do they like to garden? Put together some small gardening tools, seed packets, gardening gloves and a fancy watering can. 

Do they like to grill out? Some new grilling utensils, seasoning for a rub, gourmet barbecue sauce, a grill basket, and maybe a gift certificate to their favorite place to purchase meat. 

Is the recipient a sports fan? How about a sweatshirt or T-shirt with their team’s logo? Add some other team items like an insulated cup complete with the logo. 

Coffee lovers would love a new coffee cup with a clever phrase, some gourmet coffee or even a membership in a gourmet coffee club.

Speaking of clubs, there are so many monthly or quarterly gourmet clubs out there. I belong to an olive oil club and a wine club. My olive oil club delivers gourmet olive oil every quarter to my door. The oils are sourced from all over the world and are amazing. 

My wine club delivers once a month — again, the wines are sourced from all over the world from small vineyards. I can pick how many bottles I want as well as if I want red wine, white wine, or a combination. 

I so look forward to seeing what olive oils and what wines will come to my front door. 

There are clubs for coffee, tea, seafood, meat, etc. If you are buying a gift for a foodie, any of these club membership or one-time purchases would be much appreciated.

Another trendy mail order business involves fashion. You answer questions about your fashion style and also choose pieces you like or dislike. The stylists then choose items they think you will like and sends them to you. 

Most of these businesses give you a few days to try on the items and decide which ones (if any) you want to keep. Most include a prepaid envelope/bag for you to return the items you don’t want, and you simply pay for the ones you do keep. 

There is usually a small fee you pay for the advice of the stylist. This membership would be a great gift for someone who either doesn’t like to clothes shop, or doesn’t have time to. Most of them have flexible policies about how often you want to receive shipments and most allow you to pause or cancel your membership at any time. They even have these services for children.

If you are buying for someone who loves the arts, perhaps theater tickets or concert tickets are in order. 

If the recipient you are buying for is a pet lover — and who isn’t — why not give them a gift certificate to a pet store? 

If you haven’t done your Christmas shopping yet, why not begin today by jotting down who you need to shop for. Think about the people and brainstorm right now for gifts that match their likes and personalities. Good luck!

Do enjoy giving gifts from the kitchen? If so, be sure to check out my food column this Friday. I will have recipes for some simple, but creative gifts you can make in your kitchen. 

South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” Email her at