The time will come when you’ll need to give a gift to someone you don’t know very well.
Whether it’s for a Secret Santa gift exchange for a coworker, an appreciation gift for a teacher, or a hostess gift for a boyfriend’s mother, it’s tricky to decide what to get.
I asked the members of the Artisan Shopping Directory to give me some ideas for gifts that would be good for people that you don’t know very well, and these are their suggestions.
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If you don’t know someone at all (a friend’s mother, or someone you work with who you’ve been assigned for a gift exchange,) you’ll probably want to ask some people who know them about things they might like.
But if you can’t get a lot of info, you should go with some general-interest items that aren’t too personal.
These ceramic flower frogs from Magpie Mischief are the perfect gift for anyone. Pop them on top of a mason jar and add flowers for any season. They’re also great for sharing plant propagation cuttings.
This coffee clip and scoop from Home Branded makes a perfect gift for someone you just met, or a white elephant gift. Get a couple to have on hand during the holidays for those emergency gift moments!
Everyone appreciates getting a thank you in the mail. Having some postcards from Ila and Alice to send out for a quick thanks is never a bad idea.
Bright polka dot thank you postcards are perfect to send out well wishes and thank yous across the miles or close to home.
If you need a hostess gift, this personalized charcuterie board from Jari Jade Creations would be a thoughtful present. You can put either the family name or a saying on it to customize it.
For a coworker gift, office decor that states a common experience everyone has.
This snarky block sign would make a funny gift for an office party gift exchange, and it’s the perfect size for a desk, shelf, or tiered tray. Daisy Thirteen’s block signs are all made from salvaged wood, making them a great eco-friendly choice for gift giving.
Looking for a small gift for a Secret Santa draw? Someone you barely know? Your youngest child’s mother-in-law to be? These little droplets of silver earrings from Silver Echoes are lightweight and minimalist, and comfortable for all day, every day wear.
This petite sterling silver filled wire wrapped MacKintosh Scottish Rose necklace From Bx Jewels Scotland looks great dressed up or down. It would be a nice teacher appreciation gift, or a gift for the boss!
Even if you don’t know the person well, selecting a gift that shows you’ve considered their well-being can leave a positive impression. Heat and cool therapy products from Natural Body Comfort demonstrate that you care about their comfort and health, which is something that everyone appreciates.
A beads and sequins ornament kit from Holidays Lane would work for most people…They’re fun to make, but if the person you’re buying for isn’t crafty you can buy them premade, too.
Here’s an article showing the one that I made and the steps involved!
A gift set with handmade soap from Botany Barn is a nice present for anyone, and if you keep a few on hand then don’t need one, you can keep the extras for yourself!
Wires and Knots has macrame and woven wall hangings, and also sells kits and supplies to make your own macrame decor. I tried one and it was fun, so I vote for it being a good gift for people you don’t know well since it will let them be creative.
Serendipity Sewn has car trash bags, laundry bags, and protective bags for shoes and travel that would be a useful gift for anyone.
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