We’ve partnered with the
California Lottery and its Holiday Scratchers® campaign to share thoughtful gift ideas for those individuals who are tough to shop for.
In the rush of holiday present shopping, cookie baking, and party planning, it's easy to forget gifts for certain people on your list you're especially thankful for but don't know as well — especially since you have no idea what they're into! Whether you're confounded by browsing for a coworker or stumped by shopping for your hairdresser, there's always a cool, considerate gift to give those colleagues or acquaintances. Read on for seven clever gift ideas to help you avoid that dreaded "OMG!" moment this holiday season and ensure everyone on your list feels appreciated.
For the Hairdresser Who Gives You Luscious Locks
Your hairdresser spends countless hours per week beautifying clients — a service that can make anyone's day infinitely brighter. To pay back some of that joy, give your hairdresser an at-home pampering present like the rich hair mask that has beauty bloggers abuzz or a trendy scalp scrub that smells just like the eucalyptus and lavender used at a spa. An hour or two of pampering would do wonders for members of your glam squad who spend the day on their feet.
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For Your Motivational Spin Instructor
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Looking your best for the holiday season is a task better achieved with the help of a fitness pro. The most helpful workout instructors go above and beyond to ensure class attendees achieve their wellness goals for a healthy and happy holiday season. Give your favorite trainer a
Holiday Scratchers ticket to demonstrate how much you appreciate their hard work. Your instructor may have the chance to win — and finally be able to book that tropical vacation or trip to the spa they so deserve after whipping class attendees into shape all season!
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For the Quiet Coworker With a Minimalist Desk
You may spend nine hours a day with your coworkers, but that doesn't make them any easier to shop for! If you're scrambling to find a gift for that enigmatic and reserved coworker whose desk is devoid of personal artifacts, try a fun accent to brighten up her workspace. A funky pencil cup in a bright color, a luxe marbleized laptop skin, or a patterned notebook will add flair to an empty desk.
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For Your Wellness-Minded Workout Buddy
Between the freezing weather and the abundance of sugar cookies, Winter is a challenging time to stay focused on fitness goals. Encourage your workout buddy to keep their head in the game with an at-home workout kit they can use to squeeze in sessions when the weather — or their schedule — doesn't permit outdoor activities. Include a resistance band, sliders, a jump rope, and colorful hair ties to make her next indoor sweat session stylish.
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For the Barista With the Legendary Latte Art
Serving customized lattes to hundreds of customers per day isn't an easy job, and the holiday season is the ideal occasion for showing your favorite barista some love. If he or she creates foam designs that would put most artists to shame, gift them with a day pass to a local art museum or gallery to admire the works of fellow creative minds. Add on a
Holiday Scratchers ticket for a chance to fund a trip to Paris to see the work of the masters.
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For the Friendly Next-Door Neighbor
Whether you inhabit a studio apartment or a spacious suburban home, living next door to someone who will water your plants when you're traveling and refrain from throwing ragers is a gift in and of itself. Demonstrate your gratitude by whipping up a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies or a cake that can be enjoyed during
the holiday season. After all, who wouldn't enjoy a sweet treat?
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For Your Helpful and Hardworking Grocery Store Clerk
The holidays are especially busy for grocery store workers, and yet they go above and beyond to ensure every shopper receives excellent service as they prepare to cook up a storm. Give your grocery store clerk a box of assorted chocolates to demonstrate how much you care. After a long day on their feet helping frenzied shoppers check off items from their list, they will love to unwind with a sweet treat.
$10 Holiday Magic Scratchers® overall odds are 1 in 3.30. $5 Pure Gold Scratchers® overall odds are 1 in 3.76. $1 Merry Money Scratchers® overall odds are 1 in 4.67. Must be 18 years or older to purchase, play, or claim.
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