Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones That’ll Make Them Smile

If you celebrate Christmas and do the whole gifting thing then this post is for you!

Sometimes we don’t know what to get our loved ones. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you out (because let’s be honest nobody likes a gift that’s not cool or useful)!

Some of you are also just plain TERRIBLE at gifts so I’m hoping to nudge you in the right direction.

Save this post just in case you get stuck on what to buy for your loved ones this Christmas!

I have compiled a list of awesome gift ideas that you can get for your loved ones that are sure to make them smile.

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Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones That’ll Make Them Smile


There are so many options with shapes, sizes and designs when it comes to handbags so you need to try to pick one that you think will match the gift receiver’s style and personality.

There are different types you could get such as a purse, satchel, shoulder bag, etc.

If the lady in your life doesn’t like handbags that much there are cute little stylish backpacks you could get them.


Who doesn’t love to smell yummy?

I think perfumes are awesome gifts but can be a little tricky to pick because people like different kinds of scents. Some like musky, some people like a really strong perfume, others prefer subtle fragrances, so it’s better to buy perfume for someone whose taste you know well… unless you’re a perfume guru hahaha…

Some of my personal favourites are:

  • Beyonce’s Heat Rush
  • DKNY Be Delicious
  • Chanel no. 5
  • Tommy Girl

I absolutely LOVE these! Of course, these are women’s perfumes. I don’t know all that much about men’s fragrances. I just know when a man smells good heheheh…

Slow Cooker (aka crockpot)

Leave your food to cook while you go on and live your life!

A slow cooker works differently from the pressure cooker mentioned below as the pressure cooker is for fast cooking.

Slow cookers are great because you needn’t worry about overcooking your food.

Pressure Cooker

Cook your meals in less time using a pressure cooker. Great for cooking ulusu (tripe) which can take up to 2 hours and tough cuts of meat.
It is said that pressure cookers cut cooking times by up to 50%! Isn’t that awesome???

Baking Set

Baking can be super fun and is also a great skill to pick up.

Get your loved one these awesome Cake Decorating Supplies or this cool 10 piece non-stick Bakeware set that includes a pizza tray.

An enormous puzzle

It is said that building puzzles has great benefits such as improved memory and is a good mental exercise so you can see why this would be an awesome gift. You get to have fun while improving yourself, it’s a win-win!

1000 piece puzzles are the perfect gift for both adults and kids.


Is your loved one into beauty? Are they aspiring make-up artists?
Then you should get them some make-up! (or make-up essentials).

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There are so many product options here so I’m going to list a few to help you out:

  • Eyeshadow Palette
  • Foundation
  • Blending Sponges
  • Make-up organizer

Pair this with:

  • make-up brushes
  • a make-up mirror
  • translucent powder

Board Games

Board games are so much fun and a great bonding experience for friends and family, adults and kids. Here are a few games you can get to add to family game night:

  • Monopoly (one of my personal favourites, I’m not going to point fingers but someone used to steal money from the bank). We played the classic version but I see there are SO MANY out there!
  • 30 Seconds
  • Snakes & Ladders (a classic)
  • Twister
  • Scrabble (one of my personal favourites)
Photo by Kathy Marsh on Unsplash

Portable Bluetooth Speaker

I know the party animals will love this one because you can take your music with you ANYWHERE and get the party started.

This speaker connects with your phone via Bluetooth (as the name suggests) and you can play your music off your phone.

Photo by Habib Dadkhah on Unsplash

For the book lovers

20 Books For 2020

These are some books I’d recommend for your loved ones:

  • The 50 Shades book series (consists of 4 books) – 50 Shades of Gray, Fifty Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed as well as Grey Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson which is about 2 teens with the same name
  • Whiskey Beach – I enjoyed this one because it combined 2 of my favourite things: drama and crime (no, I don’t commit crime, I’m just a crime junkie)!
  • Love, Rosie which is a love story

I read these a while back so they aren’t part of my 20 Books for 2020 list at the moment (unless I decide to re-read them).

Personally, my greedy ass would love everything I’ve listed in this post (that I don’t already own) but I hope I’ve given you a nice list of options in terms of possible gifts if you get stuck.

Never stress about Christmas gifts again and save this post for the next time you’re gift shopping. The great part is that it’s relevant for other occasions too (like birthdays for example).

Let me know what you thought about this gift list in the comments.

Good luck with your holiday shopping (and planning) and I hope you end this year off on a high note.


A true-crime-obsessed, quirky lifestyle blogger from the coastal city of East London, South Africa whose interests include reading, writing and fitness. Find me on Twitter @WeirdnLiberated.
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