As the co-founder of a social gift recommendation startup, Present Bee, gifting is something I take seriously. Gift giving is wonderful and magical when you give that perfect gift – but the process of getting there is downright painful. So what helps you narrow down your gift selection? Gift guides! However, it seems like there’s such an exhausting plethora of holiday gift guides scattered in every type, color, shape and personality for every conceivable friend, relative or foe out there, that you need a guide to all the holiday gift guides out there! So here’s one gift guide to rule them all.
If the person you’re buying a gift for is into…
- Holiday Gift Guide from CrunchGear reviews the hottest gadgets in town in the Portables, Peripherals, Mobile, Cameras, Gaming, Auto/Travel and other randomness sections.
- 50 Holiday Gift Ideas for Gadget Lovers from Silicon Alley Insider
- What Your iPhone Wants for Christmas, who knows? Well Wired does! From iPad cases and stands to magnetic lenses, it’s an Apple lover’s dream come true. And if you’re a hardcore fanboy/fangirl you should contribute to TikTok and LunaTik projects on Kickstarter which transform the iPod Nano into a multi-touch watch.
- Daily Candy presents stylish and funky Gadgets and Gizmos for Your Favorite Techie.
- The amazing Food Gift Guide from Foodzie, an online marketplace for artisanal food, has categories by food types like cheese, chocolate, fruits & nut, diet restricted gifts like vegan, kosher and nut-free, popular and unique occasions like host & hostess gifts and also by food personality like socially conscious eater, baconlicious, family fun gifts and cookie monster among other fun descriptions.
- Food & Wine magazine has a handy Holiday Wine Guide and Serious Eats has fun gift guides forWine & Beer Lovers and Cocktail Enthusiasts.
- Daily Candy highlights the best Cookbooks for Chefs, Foodies & Hungry Wannabes.
- For all the chefs, Wired shows off some hardcore cooking tools in its Best Cooking Gear for Nerdy Chefs and Unplggd highlights some interesting Gifts for the Geek Who Likes to Cook.
- Serious Eats has a comprehensive set of Holiday Gift Guides for any type of foodie out there from healthy eaters, grillers, hot dog lovers to food-related graphic T-shirts.
Art, Books & Culture:
- Etsy’s Gift Guides are handpicked by their staff for a dazzling array of crafts and vintage items with themes like rustic redux, vintage silverware, the girlie girl, nostalgic whimsy and equestrian prep.
- Music & Theatre Gift Guide from the New York Times that include suggestions for theatre tickets and music boxed sets. For the inevitable book lover, check out the 100 Notable Books of 2010.
- Speaking of bookworms though, the Amazon Kindle e-reader is probably the best gift for them.
- CrunchGear’s interesting Gift Guide for Writers & Those Who Support Them.
Style, Beauty & Home:
- Beauty Gifts for All Ages from the NY Times for all your friends including the Uptown girl, the traveller, friends of the Earth and the natural glow types. Also check out the Home and Decorating Gift Guides for under $25 and under $250.
- Net-a-porter has a Holiday Gift Finder for fashionistas from the thoughtful set of divine dresses and sensational shoes to the more mundane gift cards and stocking fillers.
- For more beauty guides, look at StyleCast’s makeup gift guide , the Under $50 Girly Girl gifts from CasaSugar and Allure’s Most Gorgeous Holiday Gifts Under $30.
- Kids share what they’d want to get their friends in this Kid Gift Guide from New York magazine.
- If toys are the way you want to go, make sure to look at the hottest toys this Christmas from theWashington Times, CNN and Toys ‘R Us.
- Wired has some Smart Toys for Cerebral Tykes including alarm clocks, the latest Nerf gun
- Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids from Daily Candy like tumbling animals, hand puppets, art kits and rocket ships.
- Kiva Gift Card, which Oprah recently chose as a 2010 holiday favorite, can be used to lend to anyone on Kiva, the online microlending site for global entrepreneurs.
- Vittana loans that you can make for your friends helps sponsor the education of students in Mongolia, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua or Vietnam.
- Kickstarter has some really interesting projects that can be city or category specific like this HOPE Art for Haitian refugees which you can contribute to for your friends and family.
- Causes, the Facebook application founded by Sean Parker, has Causes Charity Gift Cards for $25 and $50 which can be allocated to any charity of the recipient’s choice.
- The Not Last-Minute Gift Guide from WSJ
- Time Out has specific gift guides for all sorts of city dwellers from like pop-culture junkies, sports and fitness fanatics and gay & lesbian in this Time Out Chicago’s Holiday Gift Guide.
With all these options out there, there’s absolutely no reason for you not to get the perfect gift for your loved ones. If you need more personalized input on your gift choices, check out Present Bee, where you can use your social network to make gift giving fun. ‘Tis definitely the season to make everyone jolly, so gift away!