Y'all Need Another Gift Guide
I recently asked Jay-Jay to join Thoughtful Pinch as a contributor because she has great taste and she has a passion for finding the perfect gifts for the people on her gift list. While Jay-Jay was coming on board as a thoughtfulness curator, Thoughtful Pinch as a company, was starting to grow and has been picking up momentum. I asked her to be a manager, mostly keeping me from going insane. So in addition to helping me with gift ideas to share, she has also agreed to wear another hat as a manager. More on that at a later date. For now, I am SO PROUD to share with you her gift guide. Jay-Jay is the last of the three cool/hot contributors for my special editions of Holiday Gift Guides. You may find the other two contributors for MN Gift Guide here and Witherspoon’s Gift Guide here.
I affectionately named this guide Jay-Jay’s Y’all Gift Guide because she lives in Georgia and her southern traditions run deep. Well now, I’m fixing to get right to the guide.
Tip #5. Collegiate apparel. Jay-Jay says particularly in the south, it’s a big deal to let people know who you cheer for. My tip: right now, Vineyard Vines has some very nice collegiate shirts.
Tip #6. Baked Goods. Simply put, Jay-Jay just wrote, “baked goods.” Not much to explain here because the gift speaks for itself. No matter how much you think people are more interested in material items, anything baked by you will be well-received. So go for it!
Tip #7. Work out gear. For the workout person on your guest list, Jay-Jay recommends: headbands, water bottles and/or a t-shirt with a fun saying on it. The market for water bottles is vast - don’t worry about it; just have fun choosing a bottle.
Tip #8. Movie tickets. Giving movie tickets is actually giving an experience to the recipient rather than a physical gift. Include theater size candy and popcorn seasoning. For our parent educator, I purchased a bucket that already contained microwave popcorn and a couple of candy bars (Target $7.99) and I added more candy, a gift card to a nice dinner, movie tickets (Costco) and some red paper filler. Then I wrapped it up and put a bow on it. I love Jay-Jay’s tip of adding the popcorn seasoning!
Tip #9. Restaurant gift cards. Jay-Jay’s last tip for Jay-Jay’s Y’all Gift Guide is to give any college student gift cards to any and all RESTAURANTS. Well, it’s helpful if the restaurants are located near the college campus. According to Jay-Jay, this is what college students want and need. I like how restaurant gift cards provide meal opportunities and eating experiences for the college student. It’s both a gift and an experience. For tips on how to present these gift cards click here or here.
Let me share just a small amount of thoughtful pinches that we have received from Jay-Jay throughout the years - they all make great holiday gifts.
Special thanks to Jay-Jay as I wrap up Jay-Jay’s Y’all Gift Guide. She has many more tips up her sleeves but we’ll have plenty of time to get to those. I’m looking forward to sharing her experience and knowledge. Maybe you picked up a new idea or two from this gift guide. Or maybe there is an older gift tip that you already used before and will go back to using. Either way, my hope is that you are well on your way to checking off the people on your gift list. I feel very honored that Jay-Jay shared her list with me. Y’all, it feels good to be collaborating with someone who knows her gifts!