It seems as though every year there’s a new trendy toy or piece of technology that everyone HAS to have at Christmas. And while these shiny, modern contraptions certainly garner smiles as they’re unwrapped, they’ll be upgraded and replaced by something new in seemingly no time at all.
That’s why we love the idea of giving old-school gifts this holiday season. In a world that’s changing so rapidly, your loved ones are sure to appreciate a reminder of simpler times.
The following four present ideas never go out of style because they’re just that good.
Versatile Accessories: It seems like a sweeping category, but you’d be surprised at how many pieces of jewelry go out of style as time passes.
This Christmas, spend your money on something that will stay with your recipient for years to come. Take, for example, a nice wristwatch: a classic design and high-quality build can last for years. Plus, watches are always a desirable Christmas gift for men and women. Check out this Cherry Wood and Rose Gold Watch from Tmbrwood on Etsy.
If you want to look further than the timepiece category, consider who you’re buying for and then narrow your selection down to pieces that never go out of style. Think things like pearl necklaces, diamond stud earrings or a simple yet high-quality set of cufflinks. We are loving these World Map Cufflinks from Elegant Cuff on Etsy. For years to come, he or she will put the chosen accessory on and think of you — that’s a pretty special thought for both of you.
Homemade Sweets: Again, this is another gift that seems to have fallen off of the radar. And, while many companies profit on grandiose baskets that overflow with designer food items, there is nothing better than a batch of homemade sweets.
Get creative and try a new Christmas recipe, or crack open an old cookbook to whip up a tried-and-true holiday favorite. Not only will you make your neighbors, co-workers, postman and children’s schoolteachers smile with the thoughtful gift, but you can also get the whole family to participate in the cooking and make even more holiday memories.
Want to get something for you and your family or friends to enjoy with you? Try one of these Cookie Mix in Jar gifts and suggest a fun baking themed gathering.
Greeting Cards: As time goes on — and digital communication takes precedence — snail mail seems to have lost its luster. Shake that notion this Christmas by writing and sending personalized Christmas cards to the ones you love.
You can make the tradition even more special by picking up some handmade and unique holiday cards. Not only will your recipients feel the buzz of excitement when they receive mail, they’ll be seriously smitten with the fact that the card is so custom to them and to the season.
In other words, something as simple as a greeting card can knock it out of the park. You can find unique greeting cards on , classic or modern designs from a community of artists. It’s one of our favorite places to shop for cards.
A Good Book: This one applies to kids and adults alike, because who doesn’t love a good book? It’s easy to forget just how nice it is to hold an actual book in hand — no tablet-based reading allowed this holiday season.
There’s really no harm in overstocking your children’s home library, and buying them books means you will get to read with them and enjoy time with them, even as time goes by quickly around you.
For your grown-up gift recipients, you can pick up a copy of your favorite book to share and write a dedication in the cover.
If you want to make it really special, give your most loved one your personal copy: the earmarked pages, broken-in spine and old-book smell will make it that much more special.
At the end of the day, the gift you choose doesn’t matter: it’s the thought and love that goes into the purchase that really makes an impression. But the above gifts ideas promise to be used and re-used for years to come, which means the thought and love will always be remembered. If that’s not a great gift to give, then we don’t know what is.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.