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5 Underrated Gifts This Holiday Season

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Shopping for gifts is nothing less than frustrating and overwhelming.

The recipient, whoever they may be, already has everything or doesn’t want anything. Talk about a pickle!

Forget giving them something they like, what about the pressure of giving something both creative and thoughtful. You probably already have a headache.

That’s where we come in. We’ve come up with five out-of-the-box thoughtful gifts to give this season. The best part – your recipient won’t even know how much they wanted it until you gave it to them!

The gift of experience: an Airbnb weekend getaway

It’s no secret our culture is obsessed with experiences. So why not give on for Christmas? Since the launch of companies like Airbnb, weekend getaways are now more affordable than ever.

From mother-daughter trips to romantic getaways with your significant other, Airbnb has locations all over the country (and world for that matter) for just about any occasion. Not to mention, the prices outperform most hotels and create a more personal and private experience.

Pick a weekend and place and surprise your loved ones with a trip. Here is a list of some of the top Airbnbs in the U.S. Did you know you can even stay in a treehouse? How cool is that?!

The gift that keeps on giving: a subscription to Rent the Runway

Rather than kicking yourself trying to figure out what sweater to buy your mom, sister, or whoever you are shopping for, why not let them do the selecting?

With an unlimited subscription to Rent the Runway you can have an endless selection of designer clothes at your fingertips for only $159 a month. Amazing. According to a survey by Gallup, the average U.S. adult spends about $900 on Christmas with roughly 50% of gifts being apparel. That equates to about three months of unlimited designer clothes through Rent the Runway! If you want to gift only one month, the unlimited plan will cost you only $100.

If you haven’t already noticed, women get bored with our clothes fast. If you have a tough time pinning down people’s style and want to give an out-of-the-box gift, this could be an idea to consider.

The gift a sleep: a new mattress

Lack of sleep is an epidemic taking the country by storm. Did you know 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder? Yikes.

Your mattress has a huge impact on the quality of sleep you get each and every night. You might say it’s the performance tool for getting your best sleep. Well, in order to help you get your best sleep possible, your mattress should be changed every seven to ten years. Otherwise, it may be hurting you more than helping you. That’s because our beds lose their structure overtime causing our sleep to suffer.

The good news is the mattresses industry has been disrupted by the launch of online companies like Leesa, Nectar, Tuft & Needle, Casper, and many more. You can now get a quality mattress for under $1,000 and the best part is it’s shipped right to your door!

They come compressed and rolled in a box which means you can even wrap it! All you have to do is unbox, unroll, and get a good night’s sleep. In fact, this might just be the best gift ever.

The gift of learning something new: a cooking class

Remember how I said people love experiences? Well, you can take an experiential gift one step further by gifting a learning experience, such as a cooking class. Hate cooking? Try a mixology or wine and design class. This is a great way to spend quality time, learn something new, and have a blast doing it! After all, stuff comes and goes, but memories last a lifetime!

The gift of quality time: Date Night In A Box

This last one is for all you lovebirds out there.

Can you imagine enjoying a date without all the hassle of brainstorming and planning what to do? Maybe you’ve been on the same 10 dates more than you’d like to admit. Well, stress no more!

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Lisa Smalls is a freelance writer from North Carolina. She loves writing about all things interior design. When she isn’t writing, you can find her rearranging her furniture or brainstorming which room to paint next.

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