The I-Have-To-Get-Them-Something Gift List

We all have those certain gifts that are required of us each year.
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You know, the ones we have to buy but really don’t want to spend a lot of time or money? We all have a few of them whether it’s our I-Don’t-Really-Know-You-But-Live-By-You-Neighbors, teachers, church friends, co-workers, or mailman. We still want to to say “I’m thinking of you”… but are sick of buying the same candle and hand soap. Here is your must-buy gift list for all those presents you are obligated to give (but want it to be something nice!).

This post isnotsponsored. These are items that myself and other TodaysMama editors really love and are giving out to our friends!


These sweet, precious and unique collection of 20 can be the start to quite a few gifts. Buy an adorable pot (or don’t) and you’re all set!

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Real cacti not their thing? Buy an adorable tumbler like these cactus double wall 24 oz tumbler. I know I can always use an extra lid/straw drink option in my house.

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This fantastic recipe from Martha Stewart is a great option for all those neighbor gifts. It makes a million caramels in just one batch and the gingerbread flavor makes it unique enough they won’t get bored from “just another holiday caramel”.

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Teachers have come to expect gift cards for Christmas. I’m sure they don’t mind, but if you want to break out of the norm, try these bangled bracelets. You can personalize your appreciation. I love their simplicity and daintiness.

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One of my favorite gifts given to me from a neighbor was a movie night on them. They provided a Redbox promo code and a microwave popcorn and/or 2-liter of soda for a fun family date night. I loved this idea because it was so simple and something I would have never thought of — and of COURSE it was getting used! Free movie and treats?! Yes, please!

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Know someone who would rather hit the movie theater? You can buy gift cards to most movie theater companies at your local grocer (look for their gift card section) or even online.

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A sweet thought can go a long way. Share these beautiful words with your friends. And it is SO easy! Find a cute frame, download, print and you’re done!

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8. TRADER JOE’S BODY BUTTER (Only $4.99!!)

We are IN LOVE with Trader Joe’s body butter. And we are even more in love with the price. You can’t beat $4.99 for a product that you actually buy and use for yourself. Don’t trick yourself in to buying this online because you will be paying WAY more than necessary. You have to hit up your local Trader Joe’s (or bribe a friend that lives close to one) to fetch these beauties for $4.99 each.

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Do you have a favorite obligatory gift? Please share your ideas below! 10 bonus friend points if you link to the product…because you know…I’m lazy.

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I hope as we near the end of the year that you’ve enjoyed a year of organizing success! As we approach the holiday gift-giving season, I want to round out the year by sharing three gifts of organizing and offer some tips for a simpler, more organized holiday season.