13 Crowd-Pleasing Presents to Have on Hand for an Unexpected Gift Exchange
Keep these on hand to exchange with a friend who gives you a gift unexpectedly this holiday season.
A cuddly throw will be an appreciated luxury on a cold winter night. Choose a versatile color like white or gray that will fit in with anyone’s décor, no matter what the recipient’s personal style. (Related: Here are more ways to make your bed cozier.)
Through all the sugar overload of the holiday season, popcorn is a nice alternative to the usual box of cookies. Buy one sprinkled with cheddar in a fun bucket that your friend can enjoy long after the salty snack is gone. (Related: Here are more ways to recover from a sugar binge.)
A portable charger is an undoubtedly useful gift that your smartphone-toting friends probably don’t have already. Find one that works with any phone, just in case your recipient doesn’t own an iPhone. Here are more cool travel accessories you didn’t know you needed.
Whether your sweet-tooth friend bakes it into cookies, or your grill master plops it on poultry, a high-quality jam is sure to please. Head to a farmers’ market to support a local business, or order an array of interesting flavors online. (Related: Find out the difference between jam and jelly, and other commonly confused foods.
Pick out a catchall tray that any man or woman can use to corral keys, coins, and other trinkets. Leather, copper, and wood are good choices to avoid looking too masculine or feminine. (Related: For your own home, try these clever ways to organize jewelry.)
For deep thoughts and grocery lists, a solid notebook is a handy choice. Moleskine notebooks are classic, but you can hunt around for other sturdy choices too. Your friend can use it to see what their handwriting says about their personality.
Protect your friend’s furniture for all those steamy cups of cocoa by giving a coaster set. Marble, wood, and agate are versatile choices, and won’t make it clear that you weren’t sure if they’d go to a tea sipper or beer drinker.
Your favorite book
No matter who the recipient is, handing over your new favorite book will seem like a thoughtful choice. As your friend opens it, give a little description about what you love about it. Here’s how to shamelessly regift.