The perfect gift does exist. It comes from a trusted recommender
Not me doing seven gift guides and nobody sharing them 😂
I made like 12 gift guides this year but this was the reader favorite (don’t miss the comments): https://downtime.substack.com/p/answers-to-your-toughest-gifting
If I may shamelessly plug!!! Here's a gift guide for home decor gifts under $100 https://212interiors.substack.com/p/10-home-decor-gifts-under-100, and another for gifts under $20! https://212interiors.substack.com/p/10-gift-ideas-under-20 :)
Last year i posted lots of creative ideas for the gifting. Check it out! (Its in spanish) X❄️
It was so much fun putting mine together! It’s filled with things I use or have, or wish I did! Colourful Gifts for Kids, Teens & Adults - with items from the EU, UK & US... and a very important bonus gift idea at the very end. Enjoy :-)!
Adam Grant has a book that breaks people down into givers, matchers, and takers. I think that as a rule one should be a giver not a taker, but nuances apply: sometimes receiving can be a form of giving and if you give and give you'll get burnt out, so it's good sometimes to match. Balancing generosity and reciprocity isn't always easy. Great work has been done on the anthropology of gift giving (good time to read about it vis a vis "secret santa" and the like) by Marcel Mauss. I'd recommend the Gift by Lewis Hyde, which is a beautiful book about art as a gift that inspires us to give. We discuss gift giving and philosophy on our Chronicles WhatsApp group
happy to share my gift guide was one of my top posts this year! https://gatekeeping.substack.com/p/the-2023-gatekeeping-gift-guide
Okay I'm blushing!!! A joy and an honor to be included.
This is cool but I have better gift ideas 😉
I've got one that rounds up gifts with your face on them (meaningful gifts), games everyone will like, my fave subscriptions (ie. last minute gifts), and then random gifts that are cool for a lot of people (like your hairdresser): https://karakull.substack.com/p/wsuas-3-what-i-wont-shut-up-about
I previously shared a small business gift guide
I’ve got an Post Capitalist Gift Guide up at Camp! Kitsch! Schmaltz! Schlock!
Especially timely, since my latest post is a last-minute gift guide with ideas that are low-impact and way more thoughtful than some random doodad form Amazon.
The Soloist has a Gift Guide for tabletop roleplaying and boardgame players. It's currated by 30 indie game designers and includes not jus t games, but books and accessories to enhance play!
Calling all youth sports parents: Here's my gift guide of presents that keep on giving (no fancy embroidered jersey they'll outgrow in 2 months here): https://goodgamekid.substack.com/p/youth-sports-holiday-gifts-that-keep
If anyone is interested in supporting women directors, that's the focus of my gift guide: https://oldfilmsflicker.substack.com/p/all-this-years-been-a-busy-blur