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Don’t Stress: It’s Okay to Give Everyone the Same Gift

Think of something sweet and useful


You’re rushing to the mall to get presents for your officemates and friends—what do you do? Do you try to look for different gifts or do you simply buy one item in bulk? Some may think that giving out similar presents shows lack of preparation and effort on your part, but I think otherwise. Remember, it’s the thought that counts!

I was scrolling through my social media feed when I stumbled upon an article by Apartment Therapy about giving away the same gift to friends and loved ones. It made perfect sense. Why would you struggle and spend so much time thinking about what to give only to end up with generic presents? By choosing to give the people you love the same item, you get to pick that one thing that you truly recommend and will appeal to almost everyone.

Now, how do you decide on that one item to give away? The writer suggests “to choose something you truly love or think is unique or that solves a problem beautifully.” 

Here are some of our suggestions that I hope can help you survive the last-minute shopping rush:

Main photo from: Tell Love and Party.

Power Banks

Today’s smartphones, while we love them dearly, can conk out and give up without warning. Save your friend from all the trouble with this must-have.

Photo from Design Milk.


We’re always on the lookout for ways on how to have extra storage. Let your friend save movies, songs, and other important files with a trusty USB that he or she can bring anywhere.

Photo from PhotographerSupplyCo via Etsy.

Desserts and Sweets

A bar of chocolate or a box of brownies can put a smile on anyone’s face. Make these treats extra special with a few ribbons and a personal message to your officemate or friend.

Photo from One Little Project.

A book that you’ve read and enjoyed

Check your reading list and see if there’s a book that you can recommend to your friends. While you would love to recommend all, choose one that your close circle can appreciate. Schedule a get-together where you get to discuss the must-read!

Photo from East & Blog.

Tote bag

The best thing about tote bags is you can use it when shopping or bringing all your essentials to your favorite coffee shop. Pick bags with cute and charming designs!

Photo from HelloTinge via Etsy.

Pens and markers

I love collecting pens and Sharpies! If you do too, buy a set and give one each to your teammates.

Photo from Crafty Storage.

Notepads and sticky notes

Aside from the ever reliable desk calendar, help your friends take note of appointments and deadlines with a couple of paper essentials. These must-haves come in pretty prints and witty headlines—giving you a lot of options.

Photo from Anthropologie.

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