Do you buy everyone the same thing (umbrellas, perhaps?) or individualize each gift? What process do you go through in choosing the gifts for your friends & family?
Do you ask your family members what they want? I don't have too many clues to go by this holiday season, so I've mostly just asked my family what they want. The kids want Nerf guns, legos, & a camera for the Playstation. My husband wants new cookware. My mom asked for movie tickets.
Do you give gift cards? Lately we hear how many gift cards don't get used. I still think gift cards are good gifts as long as they're to stores or restaurants you know the recipient loves.
The gifts I enjoy buying the most are special surprises for my closest friends & family & for the kids' teachers, things they've mentioned wanting or needing, sometimes clothes or jewelry, sometimes ceramics, cards, hand lotions, or champagne! I wish like SpongeBob I could stalk my besties in the mall & then buy them their favorite things!
Do you have one big expensive gift you're buying for someone this year? I really don't think it matters so much how much you spend--some of the best gifts are small & meaningful. For one friend, I bought delicate gift tags & fancy matches--I think she'll love them! I think a good bottle of olive oil or homemade treats also make wonderful gifts.
I hope your shopping & your holidays are joyful & bright!