The best gifts are the ones you get to fiddle around with all day long on Christmas day and beyond. After figuring out this brilliant formula for gift giving success, it almost seems too easy. Whatever the interest, buy a gadget, a book, and materials or tools to go with it. You get tons of mileage out of one theme and the recipient can't help but get completely engaged in the activity it provides. Check out tons of links right here.
Here are fifteen gift combo ideas guaranteed to bring hours of focused interest and joy. These are just ideas to get you started, you can take off on this on your own, find better deals, etc.
Gardener: Assembly-required potting bench, garden design software, membership to a seed/bulb club
Artist: Gift certificate to a drawing class, book-Draw What You See, drawing supplies
Vintage Furniture Lover: Goodwill ottoman, beginning upholstery book, basic upholstery tools, gift certificate for fabric or fabric
Woodworker: Router, hard to find piece of beautiful hardwood, book on using a router, project book
DIY Interior Designer: Book on the basics of Design, paint chip book, notebook with pockets and paper for ideas, gift certificate for paint, fabric, art or piece of furniture to inspire
The Runner: Gift card for shoes, book on Marathons and Half Marathons, coupon for a trip to a nearby race with hotel and travel, other running gear, other running books
Crafter: Book on printing, 1 or 2 yards of fabric to print on, print making supplies, fabric paints or dyes to print with
Pet Lover: New puppy, chic dog accessories-collar, leash, dog bed, Dog Whisperer's book,
Reader: A couple of best sellers, coffee mug, Snuggie, flavored coffee or tea, slippers
Seamstress: Sewing machine, beginning book on sewing, sewing notions (scissors,pincushion,pins,thread,needles,chalk,etc., fabric, gift card for fabric, other books on sewing
Cook: Food Processor, trendy cookbooks, apron, commercial measuring cups
Aspiring Writer: Book on writing a novel, leather bound notebook, pen and pencil set, book on how to get published
Teenager: iPhone, speakers and dock, sport band for iPhone, gift card for iTunes, book all about the iPhone
Photographer: camera, tripod, Photoshop Elements 8, class in Photoshop, photo printer
Music Lover: concert tickets, gift card to a great restaurant, book on music genre or performers, music from that performer
You get the idea. Bundle gifts together so the recipient will get thorougly involved in the overall theme. Use your own creativity and move beyond this list.