People mistakenly believe that the greatest question of all time has always been the one from Shakespeare’s masterpiece: “To be or not to be?” But as soon as the first snowflake falls onto the ground, everyone quickly forgets it. With the arrival of winter holidays, another pressing issue bothers people’s minds: ’What gifts do I get for my folks for Christmas?’ Finding inspiration for gift ideas such as Christmas gift baskets, only comes naturally to the most talented gifters!
So let’s be honest, that’s a tough one! We bet you had to rack your brain on it at least once. The bad part is the more you explore alternatives, the more challenging things become. After all, the pressure rises with each gift you look at – because no one wants to disappoint a close person, giving them a mediocre gift.
But what if we tell you there’s a 100% way to succeed in this challenging task and, even better, to enjoy the process? Yes, you read that right, it’s really possible. With just a little early gift-list preparation, you can save millions of neurons and say ‘no’ to the Hunger Games-esque adventure in the crowded mall stores on December 24thtion. To get some inspiration from modern media, keep reading to see what gifts we’d recommend based on their favorite movie or show!
Starting off strong with a romance favorite, Serendipity (2001), since it literally bursts with gift ideas. It begins with a scene where Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack’s characters try to buy the same pair of elegant cashmere gloves. Isn’t it an excellent option for a person who’s into fashion and would like to look stylish and not freeze to the bone at the same time? You can choose a fun alternative with some amusing text, brighter colors, or shapes if it’s supposed to be a present for your friend, colleague, or even a kid.
No-go? Okay, we have a couple more ideas inspired by the same flick. Like a book – always an excellent gift! Perfect for a bookworm, for instance. Of course, some books, like “Love in the Time of Cholera,” sound a bit too depressing for such a joyful time of the year, but you have a vast variety of genres and authors to pick from. And if you find a rare or old edition, trust us – they will love it!
What else? Remember Sara and Jonathan skating on an ice rink, and all this romantic stuff happening simultaneously, like snowflakes falling gently around them, a love song playing in the background, and blah-blah-blah? Well, the point is, getting someone a pair of skatesSerendip must be one of the most on-theme of Christmas gift ideas! A present that promises an entertaining activity you and your beloved one will share together—ideal, period.
Of course – if your love isn’t the most coordinated, you might want to stick to creating that romance indoors. A charming wine gift basket bursting with their favorite snacks lets you have a happy holiday picnic while watching the same snow under cozy blankets!
Love Actually (2003)
If you’ve never heard of this movie, we have nothing to talk to you about. I’m kidding; of course! But you better fix this oversight at your earliest convenience. Here are a few Christmas gift ideas inspired by this film to please the people you love.
A CD with their favorite singer’s songs on it, like the one Harry gave to his wife, Karen. The movie context wasn’t that happy, but we found the idea very cool. CDs may feel outdated today, so you can make this idea even more original. For example, buy “The Best of The Beatles” on vinyl to make your music geek mate squeal with excitement. Or, again, if you want to stick to the occasion: ‘Top-20 Christmas Songs of All Times’ will work perfectly as well. Additionally, if money is tight, you can make it personal by creating a custom playlist for them using their favorite streaming service.
Hugh Grant’s character received a chocolate biscuit selection from Natalie, his secretary, as a token of her loyalty. So, he got exactly what he wanted from his famous line “Who do you have to screw around here to get a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit?” And even more (spoiler alert). By the way, a delicious cookie gift set is ideal if you also want to make a nice gesture and wish happy holidays to your manager, colleague, employee, or best friend!
Bonus Christmas Gift Ideas from Love Actually
Another terrific gift option in this movie is a typewriter, credit to Jamie, played by the one and only Colin Firth. A friend of yours, who’s keen on writing or is thinking of starting such a career, but has no guts to do it, would much appreciate such a present. Creating your story on a typewriter, not on a computer, is an instant +100 points to your self-confidence and may even increase your sense of superiority, thus helping you feel like you belong closer to the elite writers’ circle. Let’s admit it: sometimes, a gift is the best way to motivate someone to get started. It does more than tell them they’re talented; it shows them that you genuinely believe it so they can take your words to heart and finally start their first masterpiece!
Jingle All the Way (1996)
If you’re hunting for a Christmas gift to fulfill the wishes from your kid’s letter to Santa, then Iron Arnie to the rescue! Our generation clearly remembers how Schwarzenegger’s character in Jingle All the Way (1996) went through thick and thin to get his son the desired Turbo-Man action figure. Today, you don’t have to desperately run all over the town to find the toy your bundle of joy wishes to receive as a gift. You can simply surf the online stores and order whatever they offer for the youngest generation. Here’s a clue: while Turbo-man is no longer in style, you could refer to the Marvel or DC universes for help. We bet their characters will be much more relevant nowadays.
Die Hard (1988)
Since Jingle All the Way (1996) lacks the action we’ve come to expect from Schwarzenegger, it seems only right to have this next pick make up for it. That’s right, we’re talking about the gritty classic Die Hard (1988). Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be, because for so many, such as those in the UK, this film falls firmly into the Christmas movie category. After all, the film takes place on Christmas Eve! Even one of the most classic Christmas gift ideas is prominently displayed in the film. John McClane comes to his wife and children with a giant stuffed teddy bear, an adorable and timeless holiday gift.
What both of these movies have to teach us – is don’t judge a book by its cover. Not all Christmas movies are sappy, and not all action starts only do action films. So if your kiddo matches to the beat of their own drum, encourage them to! Maybe your child enjoys puzzles and board games! Not only are these wonderful holiday gifts, but they make for an excellent way for the family to bond during the rest of the year.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Now, we’re sure you’re curious about what Christmas gift ideas one could possibly get from Edward Scissorhands (1990). This romantic fantasy film, a strange yet miraculous and inimitable tale, was directed by the genius himself, Tim Burton, so there are plenty of layers to go through here. And the creative inspiration here is endless! There’s a reason this movie has such a huge fan following. And it’s not surprising at all, as the magic atmosphere of the movie doesn’t leave anyone indifferent, be it a teenager or a grown-up man.
There’s no specific gift in this movie. However, if you recall the scenes where Edward does quite intricate and unconventional haircuts for the neighbors, you’ll find two inspirations. The first is a certificate to have a pampering haircut and style all their own. And why not? Any fashionista or trendsetter is sure to adore this kind of gift!
The second idea – surprising your lucky recipient with gifts designed for self-care. Surprising your friends and family with a spa gift set for Christmas allows them the excuse they need to relax and unwind. After all, one should always find time to treat themselves, and Christmas is precisely the time to do it!
The Holiday (2006)
Many people love to rewatch The Holiday (2006), and it comes as no shock it’s so popular. While seeing Kate Winslet’s and Cameron Diaz’s characters enjoying their spontaneous holiday exchange, we are struck with the idea that gifting someone you love the opportunity to spend the festive season in a new place could be a lovely experience for them. Buy a ticket, say, for your parents to a warm country so they feel they are getting what they truly deserve. Alternatively, if you want to plan a romantic getaway with your second half – book a cozy cottage in a remote wooded area far from the crowded city and enjoy some quality time together.
Additionally – Christmas is when many families are already taking a vacation. If you have friends, family, or even colleagues who are traveling this holiday season, you can always try surprising them at their hotel! A bottle of champagne plus a gourmet gift hamper is a great way to add a touch of extra excitement to their holiday.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
If you watched Christmas with the Kranks (2004), you can use the movie plot as a guide for how to get ready for the most wonderful time of the year. Or, more accurately, ‘what you shouldn’t do so that you don’t spoil the holiday if you know what I mean. The Kranks couple was hunting for the necessary stuff to organize a decent Christmas party with their neighbors but encountered some difficulties. No spoilers, just another hint for you if you have a friend who is really into Christmas and starts decorating their house on December 1st (or even earlier).
For such people, Christmas gift ideas are easy! Surprise them with a Christmas gift that adds more holiday cheer to their home. From charming Christmas floral decorations to an advent calendar, there are dozens of options available to help make this holiday the most festive one yet!
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Last on this list, but most certainly not least, a timeless classic. If you’re looking for something to give to someone really special to melt their heart, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) will provide you with a perfect clue. Remember that adorable turtledove ornament Kevin McCalister presented to the Pigeon Lady, an older woman he bonded with? A small but precious gift – a symbol of true friendship and goodwill.
This gifts demonstrates what we’ve said time and time again. When it comes to gifts, it is truly the thought that counts. Surprising your cherished recipient with a meaningful token of your affection not only brings a smile to their face but leaves them with a visual reminder of your relationship. The items don’t have to be expensive, but they absolutely should convey a strong message. Something as elaborate as a jewelry gift gives your recipient a stunning piece they’ll treasure forever. However, a thoughtful DIY gift can hold even greater value.
Bonus Christmas Gift Ideas from Friends (1994-2004)
Sometimes, the most essential part of your gift is simply being there to give it to them. If you have a bunch of friends you hang out with most of the time and are chasing a goal just to have some fun, then let’s refer to the Christmas episodes of the best sitcom ever for some ideas. In one of the Friends (1994-2004) series, Chandler and Joey give useless presents to the rest of the gang. Think of things from the gas station, toilet seat covers, soda cans, and more. We think that’s a hilarious and fun idea, especially if you’ve been
shamelessly procrastinating and must come up with last-minute options. You can choose practically any trifle; the more absurd – the better. But please remember these are only for your closest circle of friends with a similar sense of humor, no offense intended.
Of course, it isn’t always possible to be there in person. Thankfully, technology has improved since Friends aired! No matter what you choose to send your friends and family around the world, try to schedule a gift-opening party via video chat on your platform of choice. Watching each other open your gifts and chat and laugh about your adventures together adds a priceless bonus gift no company can put in a box for you.
Wrapping Up Christmas Gift Ideas
Hopefully, this blog inspired you with gift ideas for everyone on your list! However, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect holiday gift, never fear! The experts at Gift Baskets Overseas are ready, waiting, and eager to help you select and send the best holiday gifts to everyone on your list. You can use our handy gift recommendation tool – or contact our team 24/7 via phone, chat, email, or social media.
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