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55 great christmas gift ideas

55 Great Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas shopping can be fun. But sometimes it is a desperate, long, lonely slog through crowded stores full of items you can’t imagine anyone wanting. We are here to help with a list of 55 Great Christmas Gift Ideas, with Helpful Categories.

Our categories include: Random gifts for people you love but can never figure out what to give them, books for people you want to annoy, books for people you want to impress, annoying toys for kids of parents you can’t stand, necessities for outdoorsy people, necessities for indoorsy people, supplies for glamorous tweens and teens, picture books for kids, toys for kids of parents you like.

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Random gifts for people you love but can never figure out what to give them

55 great christmas gift ideasDo not laugh! This little weather radio has all the bells and whistles to keep anyone feeling secure during the outset of any disaster.

55 great christmas gift ideasIf anyone bought me a thing that taught me how to make knots I would love it! And it’s under 10 bucks!

55 great christmas gift ideasEveryone should have one of these multitools on their keyring! I would get one for my older son but he habitually loses his keys.

55 great christmas gift ideasJapanese Origami for Beginners Kit: 20 Classic Origami Models: Kit with 96-page Origami Book, 72 High-Quality Origami Papers and Instructional DVD. Includes a DVD? Awesome. And if you no longer have a DVD player, use the DVD as a coaster. Or frisbee. 

55 great christmas gift ideasThe Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln. Most everyone loves Lincoln. And the book is 3 bucks, get one for everyone!

Books for people you want to annoy

55 great christmas gift ideas So People Say You’re an Asshole seems the perfect gift for that hard to handle friend or relative who might be able to take a joke. Also, maybe it’ll help. Give them the Lincoln book as well.

55 great christmas gift ideasFor the racist.

55 great christmas gift ideasFor the fat shamer.

55 great christmas gift ideasFor the climate change denier.

55 great christmas gift ideasFor the white supremacist.

Books for people you want to impress

55 great christmas gift ideasKindred by Octavia Butler: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin. This is the novel you have been looking for, waiting for.

55 great christmas gift ideasWe are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby is the book everyone did not know they needed. Buy a copy for everyone you love and become the person everyone comes to for author recommendations.

55 great christmas gift ideasThe Library Book by Susan Orlean details the Los Angeles City Library fire that consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Was it arson?

55 great christmas gift ideasData is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives

55 great christmas gift ideasWomen in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!

Picture books for kids

55 great christmas gift ideasBeast has been robbed! And so has the whole village. Without tools the villagers can’t put on their legendary Winter Party, so Beast sets off to solve the mystery. Discovering that a stranded Snow Beast is behind the robbery, Beast has to decide whether to help this odd-looking stranger.

This is the absolute best children’s book out there. Jabari is brave, his father is endlessly patient and waiting, always waiting, is the call to climb and leap and succeed!

55 great christmas gift ideasWilma’s parents don’t know quite what to do when their daughter wakes up green and requests bugs for breakfast. At school, Wilma’s teachers are appalled by her unusually colorful antics. Wherever Wilma goes, surprises await her and readers of this irresistibly funny fable. Absurd and action-packed.

55 great christmas gift ideasOnce upon a time there was a Princess . . . who made a pit stop. While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up! Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hits the gas!

55 great christmas gift ideasHave you seen Oliver K. Woodman? You’d know if you had–he’s made of wood. And he’s on a spectacular cross-country journey. Folks of all sorts guide Oliver along the way and report back in letters and postcards to his friend Uncle Ray. After all, there’s a lot of road–and adventure!–between South Carolina and California.

55 great christmas gift ideasA bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, it’s not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale.

 

Necessities for the outdoorsy

(it occurs to me that these gifts illustrate the fact I know nothing about what people do outdoors and that I think it is incredibly dangerous, which it most certainly is)

An axe seems important. There is much hostile flora and fauna out there and this little baby is capable of handling anything that comes your way. Except bears, which is why I suggest…

BEAR SPRAY! Do not go into the woods without it. You know what, don’t take out the trash without it. I used to live on the side of a mountain in La Crescenta and there was a bear that used to wander around the neighborhood. He had a cute name, I can’t remember it. Porkchop? Marshmallow? Rip-You-To-Shreds-And-Eat-Your-Spleen? Something like that… Meatball! It was Meatball.

Always have binoculars so you can see the bears or the murderers coming to kill you. I really thing you should stay inside but if you just can’t help yourself, bring all the above stuff and…

Don’t Die In The Woods: World’s Toughest Ultralight Survival Tent to huddle and shiver in while clutching your bear spray and axe. Help will arrive in a timely manner if you also bring…

55 great christmas gift ideasWhatever the hell this thing is. It’s 500 bucks so you might as well save your money and your life and stay home! Our next set of gifts might help convince you of how wonderful it is to be indoorsy.

Necessities for the indoorsy

55 great christmas gift ideasLet’s begin with the basics. A good robe. This one is unisex so the sizing might be a bit of a challenge, read the comments and answered questions and you should be fine. There are 10 colors to choose from.

crocs makes slippers, they are unisex, they are wide in the toe box which I love and yes, I am wearing a pair as I write this. 11 colors to choose from and unisex sizing. So much better than a hatchet and some bear spray, am I right?

55 great christmas gift ideasThrow blankets are the life blood of the indoorsy. One can never have too many. This one is 20 bucks and comes in 15 colors and 2 sizes. That’s such a wide range of options, you could probably find one an outdoorsy person likes.

55 great christmas gift ideasIf you are new to the indoorsy lifestyle, you won’t have a backlog of books, magazines, movies and TV shows you are determined to consume before you die. The New York Times Book of Movies is a great place to start. And it smells better than bear spray.

55 great christmas gift ideasYou’ll need a warm beverage to consume while agonizing over what order to watch the movies you decided you want to watch. Loose leaf tea is a bit fussy but it is fun.

This pretty teapot is only 30 dollars!
55 great christmas gift ideas
You can fuss around with a teapot if you want but if you are going solo on your indoorsy, this tea cup with a built in infuser does the trick. There are many different colors and patterns, I just liked this one. I might buy it. Also, when you run out of tea you can just put booze in it. Or water. Whatever your doctor recommends.

Treat yourself to this beautiful 3 volume set of illustrated Harry Potter novels.

55 great christmas ideasThese noise cancelling headphones are so expensive ($349) they make my spine itch but I still really, really, really want a pair.55 great christmas ideasI also want one of these! It’s a Breville Convection oven with an air fryer and it will make toast! It’s also super expensive at $350! But it does so much…

Let’s be honest, I am going to buy all of the indoorsy products, except the slippers because I already own a pair of those. Let’s move on to the kids and whether or not we like their parents.

Annoying toys for the kids of parents you can’t stand

55 great christmas gift ideasAn actual review from a horrified customer, “It’s gift able only if you don’t like the parents. The noise is awful, you can’t turn it down or off when you’re playing with it. I sent it back.” The most common complaint about this toy is that there is no way to turn the sound off or down.

55 great christmas gift ideasI love glitter glue and my house is coated in it but I don’t care. My ex-husband once said our house looked like an embarrassing romper room. There are people who will loose their minds at the idea of glitter stuck all over their house and/or car.

55 great christmas gift ideasIt sings the Baby Shark song. You can buy a baby shark for 7 bucks, a mommy shark for 7 bucks or a daddy shark for just over 8 bucks. Buy one for every member of the family.

55 great christmas gift ideas6 cans of slime ground into the carpet, 6 cans of slime ground into the carpet, rent the steam-cleaner from Home Depot…6 cans of slime ground into the carpet!

55 great christmas gift ideasThese little toys get tangled in absolutely everything. It’s as if someone with a hatred of children invented a toy. I hate them. My kids hate them. You should have a wee bit of a grudge against the kid as well as the parents because no one is safe from having to have one of these things cut out of their hair.

Toys for kids you like

55 great christmas gift ideasEvery adult and kid I know loves tinker toys. It was one of the few toys I play with when my kids ask my to. The other one is…

55 great christmas gift ideasLEGOS! Yes, it hurts beyond bearing when you step on them but some joys are worth suffering for. The absolute best gift and if you have kids on your list below the age of 4, there are always…

55 great christmas gift ideasDUPLO!

55 great christmas gift ideasMy family has had many Connect 4 tournaments and I have lost every single one of them. No matter, this is still a fun game and people of a certain age love to repeat the best advertising line ever, “Pretty sneaky, sis,” when they lose.55 great christmas gift ideasCrayons are like Lego and books, you can never have too many. Get a shoebox to store them in if your collection is getting out of hand.55 great christmas gift ideasI loved coloring books but my kids never liked them. If you end up with someone who draws a lot, get a ream of cheap printer paper. For all others, this is a good quality drawing pad and it’s only 3 bucks.

For glamorous tweens and teens

55 great christmas gift ideasMaleficent, Cruella and Ursula are here to help you feel beautiful as you engage in mischief. Get a set for yourself, I did.

55 great christmas gift ideasThere is a lot here to love. It’s a small, plastic banana. It has hand lotion in it. And there are mangos and red apple versions if you want to make someone a little fruit bowl.55 great christmas gift ideasImitation is not the sincerest form of flattery, envy is.

55 great christmas gift ideasA little pouch to store their dreams of world domination in. And a lipgloss and some cash.

Weird dishtowels to buy for people you know will love a weird dishtowel

I want a burrito to tuck me gently into its warm beans and say ‘Rest here, my child be at peace now’ 55 great christmas ideasFuck, I love cheeseGet the Hell out of my Kitchen
Hot Sauces GONE WILD

And finally, this!

It’s a bag for snacks! Or lunch or a paperback romance and a can of diet coke…the possibilities are limitless!

And there you have it. Happy Shopping! If you have a category you’d like me to source gifts for, email me at info@persistiny.com and I will see what I can do!

Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors

Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors

I need to let you know that I will watch, read and buy pretty much  any reimagining of Jane Austen’s novels. I did not engage with the zombie one because I am easily scared but that is about it. So when I found out that Sonali Dev wrote a version of Pride and Prejudice I about sprained a finger pre-ordering it. Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors ticks all my boxes when it comes to reimagining of Jane Austen novels. Read more

The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date

I need you to know what a sucker I am for a really good meet cute. The Wedding Date by  Jasmine Guillory hits it out of the park. That is a baseball metaphor and alludes to the equally charming sequel to this book, The Proposal. As usual, I will not waste time rephrasing the blurb for this book, something someone far more talented than me spent an inordinate amount of time writing: Read more

Welcome to Temptation

Welcome to Temptation

Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome to Temptation was published in 2000. Older Son was five and I was 27 years old. Although I lived in Los Angeles my parents lived in Lodi, where I grew up. Well, I grew up in Manteca but the two are pretty close and when the wind blows a certain way, both places smelled of cow poo. You now often see Lodi on your wine bottle label. There was once a very good Zinfandel that was grown across the street from a Walmart. I had nothing against it but I told the people I was eating dinner with and they all refused to order that wine.  Read more

Loretta Chase

Loretta Chase

Loretta Chase is considered one of the best romance fiction writers of all time. I have loved her books for years and have recently taken on the enjoyable task of rereading all her novels. Read more

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

Women have autism. The medical community often seems unaware of this fact. Valerie Paradiz says in her excellent article about females with autism, “reports published this year have uncovered a long-standing male bias in research and in diagnostic methods of autism that has gravely influenced the detection and understanding of girls and women.”

Well hell. Read more

The Jane Austen Project

The Jane Austen Project is a perfect book for this time of year. At least for me it is. My brain is so filled with lists and half-baked hopes for a fun and festive holiday season that facts and figures can’t fit in. So I generally set aside my heavier reading and pick up lighter fare. On a side note, I am still attempting to get through The Calculus Diaries. It is slow going and I tend to read it when I feel anxious that I’ll have trouble getting to sleep. My confusion regarding the subject matter calms my anxiety and I am usually asleep within 10 minutes. Read more

Calculus or romance

The Calculus Diaries

Okay. The Calculus Diaries is beyond me. It started out okay and then there were drawings of things and then descriptions of other things and then I was totally lost.

So I reread my favorite Regency romance by Loretta Chase! It’s called The Sandalwood Princess. It’s hard to find, it might even be out of print. Check your local library or used bookstore. Let me see if it is available on Amazon. You can buy it used or get a kindle version but the kindle version cover is pretty unattractive.

It’s a great story. No steamy sex (traditional Regencies were squeaky clean). If you have ever read or heard of Georgette Heyer, she wrote Regencies. Regency romances are modeled on Jane Austen’s novels. Anyway, The Sandalwood Princess is one of the outstanding examples of the genre. There’s love and betrayal and revenge and humor and of course people drinking tea and falling in love.

So calculus or romance?  Guess what I chose.

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Unlike many people who love to read, I did not read much when I was a little kid. I loved TV (still do) and I loved playing with my sister (Hi Jamie!) and I loved going to the mall with my parents. Read more