Best Christmas Gift Ideas

December is undoubtedly the biggest holiday season of the year. And for many people, the main holiday falls on December 25: Christmas Day. For some people, Christmas means Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas trees and mistletoe. For others, it’s a religious holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. But no matter why it’s celebrated, Christmas usually brings with it endless parties, Christmas cards, cookies, cakes, pies and, of course, Christmas gifts.

Traditional Christmas Gifts

For traditional Christmas gifts, you can either let the holiday guide you or shop according the interests of your recipient. If you prefer to buy Christmas-themed gifts, you’ll have plenty to choose from around the holidays. Christmas ornaments, decorations, stockings, mistletoe, candles or even a new Christmas tree make great gifts.

Even though your recipients won’t get these gifts until Christmas Day, they’ll be able to use them next year, and they’ll think of you when they do. If kids are on your shopping list, consider buying a classic Christmas gift: an electric train that can be set up to run around the tree on Christmas morning.

If you’re looking for something that your recipient can enjoy year-round, let the interests of that person lead you to the perfect gift. Toys, games (for children and adults), clothing, electronics and kitchen gadgets are great Christmas gift ideas. Most stores have sales on these items starting just after Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas Eve.

For someone special, fine jewelry makes a great gift. Consider rings, necklaces, watches, earrings or bracelets set with diamonds or other precious gems. Have your gift engraved for an extra-special touch.

Religious Christmas Gifts

For many Christians, Christmas is an important religious holiday. If someone on your list is deeply religious, consider choosing a gift that celebrates the meaning of Christmas. The best Christmas gifts with religious themes are:

  • Advent wreaths
  • Christian books or movies
  • Nativity sets
  • New Bibles
  • Religious-themed tree ornaments
  • Worship music.

Remember that religion can be a touchy subject, so buy these items only for someone you know well. If you’re not sure about religious views, stick to more traditional Christmas gifts.

Homemade Christmas Gifts

Christmas can be an expensive holiday, and you might not have enough money to buy something for everyone on your list. Homemade gifts can save you money, and they have the added benefit of coming from the heart. Anyone can pick up a gift on sale in a department store, but homemade gifts require both time and careful thought.

Some ideas for homemade gifts include:

  • Coupon books for free services, like an evening of babysitting or a home-cooked meal
  • Gift baskets containing fruit, baked goods, wine, coffees or teas
  • Homemade recipe books
  • Quilted d