Welcome to Better Off Inside's Book Club! If this is your first book club, or at least, your first "virtual" book club, here's how it works: Register for the book club Pretty basic stuff. Make sure you have the time to actually participate - it's the worst when someone drops ...
Finding a gift for someone can be a joy or a pain, but done right it can absolutely make someone's day.
Here are a few tips and tricks to coming up with the best possible gift for your Secret Santa!
Tip #1 - Start with what you know
You can never go wrong starting with what you already know about the person. If they told you in their bio they love a specific sports team, that's a great hint that they might appreciate a T-shirt, a mug, a bobble-head, etc with that team! Or, if they list a particular author, maybe the author's latest book? It's hard to go wrong when you follow your match's lead.
Tip #2 - Google is your friend
There are always people who spend more time on thing kind of thing than you will, so let it work for you! A quick google search of "awesome secret santa gifts" can give you a ton of fun options like a 'people of Walmart' calendar or customized face socks. The possibilities are endless.
Tip #3 - Treats are never a bad idea
It's Christmas and everyone doesn't have to worry about New Year's Resolutions yet. Everyone enjoys a guilty pleasure candy or snack, and unlike other gifts, it's hard to get these wrong. If they mention anything in their profile about a favorite food or snack, consider packing a few in as a present (just make sure it's not just a few bucks of old Halloween candy). But everyone loves a good pack of strawberry gushers!
Tip #4 - Keep an eye on Amazon delivery
A gift is only as good as its ability to get to you. Make sure you check Amazon's delivery date, because late January probably won't cut it.
Tip #5 - It's the thought that counts
Nobody expects to get a Lamborghini from their Secret Santa. But a thoughtful letter or note combined with a gift that might lift someone up when they're feeling down can mean the world to someone. If money is tight, getting something that your match would really appreciate can be a lot more powerful than getting them something expensive. You never know when a small gift and uplifting letter from a stranger can make all the difference.