Black Friday is upon us and in gearing up for the best sales of the year, retail stores typically bombard consumers with sales ads online, in the mail, via email and just about everywhere anyone can look. Sometimes, the sudden influx of so many gift ideas can flood the mental senses and cause more shopper confusion than ever. One way to step aside of the glut of products on Black Friday is to re-think shopping before you even get started on the activity of it. What would be the best gift to give a friend or loved one? What products will last longer than the rest? What products are actually useful and yet gift-like? Here are a few of our suggestions for Black Friday functional and fun gifts. They may be a little out of the box, and yet when you stop to think about it….they are products that are not only fun to receive…but serve a function and will last over a long haul.
You might not immediately think to gift someone with a bowl….but anyone who’s walked into a Home Goods retail store, can immediately attest to the store’s consistent and stunning display of beautiful glass bowls, vases, urns and dishes. Not only are glass bowls dazzlingly beautiful, they are functional on so many levels. They can hold car keys, fruit, glass marbles, plants, candles, and just about anything you can think of that needs a container. These days glass can be crafted and melded with many different kinds of resins and colors; including natural objects, such as shells, ferns, flowers or crystals. A brilliant pop of color via glass is a wonderful way to gift those who are considered a length or two beyond personal friends or family members, such as an acquaintance or co-worker. And it’s a fun beat above the standard gift giving practice of handing over a boring ol’ bottle of wine.
In the same vein as bowls and glass dishes, are candle holders. Since they come in so many styles, colors and shapes, you have quite a choice in terms of how much you want to spend. Some of the most beautiful candle holders on the market are the smallest ones that hold tea lights. Tea light candle holders can sit in a window sill, on a mantle and even on certain shelves. They can last for many years, are portable so they can be moved from room to room, including out of doors. They can virtually provide an unlimited source of ambient light – since replacement tea lights come in bags of 25, 50 and 100. One can brighten up any room space, large or small, with candles. Just be sure when selecting gifts for others – to choose a candle holder that reflects their personal taste or favorite color, not yours!
Rugs and Pillows
Perhaps you’ve known a co-worker for many years and have had the opportunity to not only go out on occasion together, but you’ve visited each others homes as well. Perhaps you have a wife who’s closet and jewelry boxes overflow and the thought of purchasing one more clothing item might just bring the house down. If you’re on a close enough basis that you truly know your friend or partner’s personal style habits, gifting them with something that will warm up their private sanctuary space can be a hit, especially of you combo a few pieces to help re-drape or update a room. This can be a few pillows, an unusual throw rug, and a snuggle blanket with a few tea light candles thrown in. Similar to creating a bath-time gift basket, you can do the same for someone’s bedroom or den. This year don’t think in the standard, same old gift giving ways. Think creative, innovative and out-of-the-norm, and make this holiday season a much more memorable one for all your friends and loved ones!