I am a truly terrible gift giver. I try not to believe that it is due to an innate selfishness and inability to generously predict what the people I am most close with would like as a gift. But all signs point to it.

Luckily, they love me anyway.
I think part of it is that the holidays require me to be thoughtful across the board — to ALL my family members — and I get overwhelmed. There were probably several consecutive years where everyone got hats and scarves. From J. Crew. Boring.

Etsy has some nice suggestions too. But if you are a procrastinator like me, I won’t order the gifts online until 3 days before Christmas. Too late. Apartment Therapy has a series of pretty cool gift guides. I might walk my butt down to downtown Hopewell and get a select boutique quality trinkets.

Give me some ideas! What are you guys getting for loved ones this year? And do you pick out ahead of time the gifts your family members will give you?


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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.