by Henry Smith
Every year, the holiday season rolls around and with it, a gift-giving frenzy begins. Many of us don’t know where to start. According to BBC News, a recent trend is to follow the “four gift rule,” which is to get a person something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.
Some creative gift-givers may also decide to give “experiences” as gifts.
With this advice in mind, here is a quick guide to help you get your holiday shopping intentions clear and your priorities straight.
Gifts on this list can fit most budgets, or you can do the work yourself to make the gift, which is always appreciated.
Gifts for Mom
Want: Gift certificate for a manicure or pedicure (at a salon or at home), detailing for her car, a new purse, or perfume.
Need: An Amazon or Target gift card, a certificate from you for babysitting siblings or other special services.
Wear: A scarf, gloves, and a hat for cold weather.
Read: A subscription to The Raiders’ Digest! A magazine subscription, or a book by her favorite author.
Experience: Go with her to visit her favorite D.C. museum over the holiday break.
Gifts for Dad:
Want: Tickets to see his home team, favorite band, or local theater perform.
Need: A wallet, a Home Depot gift card, or a gym membership.
Wear: A belt, a tie, a sweatshirt, or a watch.
Read: A cookbook, a subscription to Sports Illustrated, or a biography of someone he admires.
Experience: Go together to hike the “Billy Goat Trail” at the C&O Canal National Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac River.
Gifts for Sister:
Want: Makeup, Sephora or Ulta gift card, jewelry, or concert tickets.
Need: Backpack, a phone case, phone charger.
Wear: An infinity scarf, a fleece sweatshirt, or pajamas.
Read: A travel guide, a New York Times bestseller, or a Barnes and Noble gift certificate.
Experience: Go together to see the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse south of the White House.
Gifts for Brother:
Want: Remote controlled car, an air drone, a Nerf gun, or movie tickets.
Need: School supplies, backpack, a portable phone charger, money.
Wear: Socks, tennis shoes, a hoodie, or pajamas.
Read: “The Hunger Games” series, “The Giver” series, or an Amazon gift card.
Experience: Go go-karting together at Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Sterling, Virginia.