Actually it could have been my birthday because everything runs together when you have a holiday-adjacent birthday. I'm actually writing this post in January 2016. I had the idea for last Christmas but didn't get it posted in time.
I've received some wonderful gifts over my lifetime. Some of the most memorable are the sewing table my husband made me, the stone tile mosaic artwork my sister worked on for hours in the room next to me without me ever knowing, and the 3 ft doll my parents gave me one year for Christmas.
These less dramatic expressions of love are geared towards those hard-to-shop-for friends & relatives.
Swiss Army Knife $50
This is a great gift for anyone. My dad got me one when I was a teenager & I laughed. But I've kept it with me constantly for years (except at airports. I think I've written a post on this topic). My top uses for the knife are opening boxes and cuticle management.
The best thing about this product is that it's effective. Utility aside, the tongue in cheek fragrance names like Deja Poo, Royal Flush and Trap-a-Crap will bring a smile to the face of the recipient.
The Hard Questions: 100 Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do" - Susan Piver $6
This was an Oprah recommendation a number of years ago. The husband and I went through it prior to our marriage & we've gifted it to many other couples. It's a wonderful, non-threatening way to discuss some of marriage's more sensitive topics.
Pampered Chef Chopper $34
This is hands down the best food chopper. It's so good, the husband wanted his own. I use it for chopping nuts, garlic, onion & even berries.
Tupperware 16 oz Tumblers w/Lid 2/$8
Depending on their seasonal print, these are a home run. The cups are sturdy. I take them to work and have never had a leak.
Sloggers Gardening Shoes $35
These are great for any outdoors person.
Thermoworks Pen $100
This is the most accurate meat thermometer available to the general public. At about $100, it's a hefty price tag. But it's worth it. We've done such a better job at grilling steaks that are medium rare. I use it for every meat I cook.
Baby Booties $15
These puppies stay on. So they are a great gift for anyone with an infant. I can't vouch for this brand because the ones I had were from Gymboree who sadly doesn't make them consistently.
White House Ornament $20
Each year, the White House produces a new Christmas ornament. They are very detailed & well packaged.