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This season is synonymous with more than group festivities and big celebrations, it also marks the annual return of our more solitary traditions: New Year Resolutions. Long before the ball drops, probably while passing the gravy at thanksgiving dinner, we’ll revisit the highs and lows of 2023. What do we want to relive in the year ahead? What are we happy to leave behind? Whether you’re one to carefully plan actionable goals, you tend to approach the coming year with an ambiguous mood board, or you play things fast and loose with quick bullet points, one thing is for certain: we’re all charting our next chapter as we head into the final celebrations.
Enter, the final gifting theme of our 2023 holiday gift guide: Personal Growth.
Before we dive in, let’s first brush up on our holiday gifting method to ensure you tackle this year's list with ease. If you’ve already read our guide to getting the best gifts for everyone on your list (all in one day), feel free to skip ahead. For those that haven’t, here’s the crash course:
- Start with your list: Name everyone and anyone who could possibly need a gift
- Implement a shopping theme for all recipients: This step is crucial! We’ll be exploring growth inspired gifts in this article.
- Set a budget: Don’t break the bank. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on each person before adding to cart.
- Make your gift meaningful: A meaningful gift is both useful and personal to each recipient.
By far, the most important step to tackling this shopping in one day, is step number two: implementing a theme. The theme should be something universal that we all experience in different ways. Past examples include adventure inspired gifts and wellness inspired gifts. Setting this up before you do your shopping allows you to narrow your focus and get creative about what each individual might want. It’s not about limiting yourself, rather allowing yourself to think critically, quickly.
Get the gist? Let’s shop your list.
Our Top Growth Inspired Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List:
The Best Gift for Your Sibling Who Spends Too Much Time Scrolling on Tiktok: 5 Minute Gratitude journal—$19.99
We’re all guilty of it, the late night doom scrolling when we should be sleeping, or reading, or getting ready for the next day. Whatever your sib’s guilty pleasure is, their future self deserves better. Motivate them to take a much needed break from screen time with this quick and easy gratitude journal. Making time for growth doesn’t have to mean making an unrealistic sacrifice. It’s all about balance baby, and this book makes changing their habits more attainable.
The Best Gift for Your Retired Parents Who Need a New Hobby: Masterclass Subscription—Starting at $120
Get more middle-of-the-day calls from your parents than you care to answer? Sorry mom and day, we love you, but some of us have to work still. For the retired parents who suddenly have a little too much time on their hands, give them the gift of purpose. With Masterclass they can learn new skills and try their hand at new hobbies, like gardening, baking, photography and more.
The Best Gift for Yourself: The Oura Ring—Starting at $299 for the Ring, $5.99/Month for the Membership
Let’s be honest, this time of year isn’t just for being selfless. We’re warranted to be a little selfish too. While crossing off your shopping list, make sure to make room in the budget for your wishlist too. If you’ve been eyeing the Oura ring all year long, now is the perfect time to pounce. Start 2024 off on the right foot with a chic wellness tracker to help guide all of your new year's resolutions.
The Best Gift for Your Boyfriend Who Thinks He’s a Better Skier than You (he’s not): Group Ski Lessons—Price Varies
Sick of debating who’s the better skier? A group ski lesson with your boyfriend is a great way to diffuse the long lasting debate while leveling up both of your skills at the same time. You know the old saying, “do you want to be right or do you want peace?” Spend an afternoon appreciating each other’s unique styles and suddenly you may not care about winning anymore. Plus, it gives you an excuse to show off your new ski outfit.
The Best Gift for Your Friend Who is Feeling a Little Lost: Self-Help Book(s)—$16.50
In tougher times, growth looks less like big courageous leaps and more like baby steps towards stability. For your friend who’s going through a difficult time, encourage them to move gently and take their time getting back on track. There are tons of great self-help books out there, all depending on what they need support in. Some of our favorites include: How To Do The Work by Dr. Nicole LePera and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb.
The Best Gift for Your Slightly Overweight Dog: Colorful Tennis Balls—$9
So your pup is a tiny bit overweight. It’s not your fault they need a treat for looking cute, which is almost all the time. Maybe there is a little bit of accountability to be taken here, but don’t beat yourself up over being a loving parent. Motivate yourself (and them) to spend some more quality time outside with these colorful tennis balls from Springer. They’ll be growing into their most healthy self before the ball drops!