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The Ultimate Gift Guide

The Ultimate Gift Guide
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Gift giving can feel more stressful than rewarding when you’re drawing a blank on what to purchase. Some of the best one-stop shops are World Market, Target and Home Goods.  Not only do they offer a plethora of options, they’re also wallet friendly. Most of the items listed below for that “one person” in your life could be found at one of those locations.

The Burly Boyfriend

Bearded or not, the manly-man can be the most difficult to shop for. The possibilities are really endless, but below are some unique and trendy items that will turn that beard-frown upside down.

If you want to spend more:  Old-fashioned beard shaving kit, beer making kit, poker set or a DVD collection of his favorite television show.

If you want to spend less: A monogrammed flask, a money clip or favorite sports team’s memorabilia.

The Host/Hostess With the Mostess

We all have that one friend that throws the perfect parties, but even he or she could use a little assistance.  Help them improve their soiree game by gifting one of these classy, but timeless, items.

If you want to spend more: A monogrammed cheese board, cheese knives or an iHome.

If you want to spend less: Coasters, wine stopper, a succulent, wine glass charms or coffee table books.

The Fitness Fanatic

If their closet is mostly filled with Lululemon, Nike or Underarmour, the options below will help accentuate their biceps.

If you want to spend more:  A FitBit Charge Wristband, new earphones or a new gym bag.

If you want to spend less: A water bottle with a kitschy phrase, a yoga mat or post-workout gym bag necessities like travel sized perfume and deodorant.

The Coffee Connoisseur

Most often found at their local coffee shop, the coffee connoisseur can be very particular about the gift they expect.  While most would be pleased by a bag of their favorite Arabica blend, these gifts will get you thinking outside of the coffee bean bag and floating your way into their java-infused heart.

If you want to spend more: A French press or Chemex pour-over glass coffee maker.

If you want to spend less: A Milk frother, hand painted mug or coffee sugar scrub.

The Lush Life

It’s easy – and boring – to just run out and buy someone’s favorite bottle of wine or liquor. However, there are more fun and exciting things to get that can help accessorize their favorite drink.

If you want to spend more: Bar tool set, copper Moscow-Mule mugs or a set of wine glasses.

If you want to spend less:  Bar recipe book, W&P Carry-On Cocktail Kit, recipe cocktail shaker or a novelty beer bottle opener.

The Confident Cook

Depending on whether this person is a stellar cook, the purchase of a new smoke detector to prevent them from burning down their apartment may be more appropriate than this cookbook.  For the sake of it, let’s just assume that they are at least a tad savvy in the kitchen. These gifts will be sure to knock their oven gloves off.

If you want to spend more:  A set of knives, vegetable spiralizer, a crockpot or new pots and pans.

If you want to spend less:  An apron, cookbook or gourmet seasonings and mixes.

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