We asked our StuartCo family for some unique and meaningful gift ideas that they’ve either given or received in the past to help you come up with the perfect present for that special loved one!
Maryann Stern, Property Manager, Genesee Apartments and Townhomes
My two favorite/go-to gifts right now are ones that benefit kids and women. I love the fact that they’re not only cute and useful, but also a beneficial to others.
This company was started by two men in St. Paul to benefit pediatric cancer.
PUNJAMMIES® are lounge pants made with hope by women in India who have escaped human trafficking. Whenever you purchase PUNJAMMIES®, you invest in the freedom and dignity of these women and girls who are working to forge a new life for themselves and their children.
Jess Trumble, Leasing Coordinator, One Southdale Place
I’m obsessed with a gift I got last year, and am now purchasing to give! It’s a book/puzzle combo. You read the short story first—a mystery that leaves you hanging—and after you read the book, you put the puzzle together and use the clues from the puzzle to solve the mystery!
Amber Preston, Leasing Consultant, Woodridge
My favorite gift to give is an essential oil diffuser with my favorite oils (my ultimate favorite is the NOW lavender oil, and the clear the air blend). I love giving this gift because it’s something anyone can enjoy and personalize with their own favorite scents/needs.
You can find them on Amazon, but I also find great deals on them at TJ Maxx!
Kim West, Property Manager, Coachman Trails
I paint ornaments every year for my nieces and nephews so they have a start to their own Christmas tree when they are grown. They have names and years on the backs. I usually use burnt out bulbs, but have also used regular ornaments and added my personal touch!
Adam Maass, Leasing Coordinator, Genesee Apartments and Townhomes
Home-cooked meals have always been a favorite of mine to receive. It doesn’t cost a lot and it comes from the heart as it’s made from love.
I also love candles and a variety of them—The Paddywax Apothecary, Tobacco & Patchouli is an all-time favorite!
I love buying my nephews’ gifts, whether it is a scooter, new gear, or sneakers. The sparkle that lights up their eyes is forever memorable. I would much rather give gifts than get anything.
Brooke Gullikson, Marketing, StuartCo
After my niece was born, my sister gave me a custom bracelet that says “aunt” in morse code. It’s super simple, but incredibly meaningful. I never take it off—it’s a constant reminder of how lucky I am to be a sister and an aunt!
Jill Thorson, Property Manager, The View At Long Lake
I think experiences make great gifts. I’ve given a movie night theme basket with bottled soda, popcorn, boxed candy and a DVD. The Depot is a very popular place for indoor skating, and tickets to skate are a fun gift to use over the Christmas break. And this year I’m thinking a certificate for a facial and massage at The Day Spa would be a good gift for me!
Stacey Miller, Property Manager, Woodridge
I like to give and receive unique gifts!
Best I’ve given— Monopoly: The Walking Dead
Best I’ve received— Ecosphere Aquatic Ecosystem
Diane Jungbauer, Administrative Assistant, Riverview at Upper Landing
Last year for Christmas, my boyfriend Peter and I had a $75 budget. Instead of buying one gift, I did the “12 Days of Peter,” and each day, I had a present that corresponded to the number. On the 2nd day, I bought two tickets for a jazz concert. On the 3rd day, I bought him three bottles of his favorite juice. The gifts didn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but it was really fun, and he really liked it!
Catherine Ragozzino, Property Manager, Remington Cove Apartments
My husband and I exchanged DNA kits one year so that we could learn more about our ancestry. There were some fun surprises hidden within our chromosomes!