By now, we’ve all heard about supply chain shortages and shipping delays. So this year, I’m hoping to bypass them (some of them) and give gifts for services, activities, and subscriptions that I know my friends and family will love. It’s one way I can aim to shop small and support local businesses whenever possible. Below I have a list of ideas I’m considering for loved ones and I hope they inspire you too 🙂
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Artifact uprising gift card
At the recommendation of my best friend, Sabrina, I purchased Artifact Uprising children’s books as keepsakes and photo albums for each of my children. I’m so glad I did. They are beautiful and I am so impressed with the quality. They also give you prompts for notes, so it’s a really fun project. This is one of my favorite baby gifts for new moms. But, of course, there is much more to children’s books. check it out.
Instacart Express subscription
One of the best gifts you can give someone is more time. Instacart offers grocery delivery from a wide variety of local stores. I’ve been using Instacart pretty regularly for the past year and I think it’s a great service for people who don’t like going to the grocery store, or don’t have the time or ability to get there and/or could use a little more convenience. This link gives you a $10 discount.
Knife sharpening (usually the postal service) – I recently got my kitchen knives sharpened by a local knife sharpening service and it was so, so worth it. My dull knives are as good as new. Google local knife sharpening or check out this helpful article about post services around the country (eg KnifeAid).
Car detailing or car wash
Find a local car wash and ask about deals they offer for multiple washes or packages that include details.
House cleaning service (you can donate a one-time clean or multiple) – If you’re like me, you’ve been obsessed with GoCleanCo for the past two years. Their cleaning videos are instructive and inspiring and I would love to have them come to my house but they are in Canada. So look for a local cleaning service in your area and treat your loved one to a deep clean.
Laser epilation – Laser hair removal is something we can present under. “I’d love to, but I can’t afford/don’t want to pay for it,” which makes it a great gift. Groupon is the best place to find deals on laser hair removal packages (usually 6 sessions or treatments), so start there.
Hair removal or haircut – There’s always a DryBar blowout if you have places nearby, but it would also be great to know which salon your loved one goes to and get a gift certificate there.
Manicure and/or pedicure
For podcast, music and audiobook lovers:
– Spotify Premium
– Stitcher Premium
– Wondery Plus (40% off now)
– Audible (all audio books!)
I hope you have a nice holiday 🙂