Christmas gift ideas for 2020: Ideas for a year like no other

Oct 20, 2020
We’d probably all agree that 2020 has been quite stressful. The pandemic has disrupted our routines, impacted our work and social lives, cancelled events and led us to adjust many of our plans. In the midst of it all, one thing is certain: Christmas is coming. And despite the disruptions, Christmas is a time of joy, giving and reflecting on our many blessings.

Even with restrictions still in place and the uncertainty of what Christmas will look like, you can still plan to give meaningful gifts this season. Perhaps, this year, gifts will be more special than ever.  We know that finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be a challenge, especially if you have no clue where to even begin. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of Christmas gift ideas that we love to give and receive. Here you’ll find Christmas gift ideas for her, gift ideas for him and even ideas for gifts that give back.
  1. Gifts that give back
  2. Christmas gift ideas for her
  3. Christmas gift ideas for him
  4. Christmas gift ideas for friends
  5. Christmas gift ideas for kids
  6. DIY Christmas gifts
  7. Did we miss anyone?

1. Gifts that give back 

Five children from Zambia stand in a field on a sunny day. One child on the left stands with her hands on her hips while her friends hold items, including a basket of tomatoes, a first aid kit, a book and a glass of clean water.
Before World Vision came into their village, there was little hope in Moyo, Zambia. Today, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, children like Debby (far left) and her friends Beatrice, Adam, Lightwell and Brendah, have what they need to grow up healthy. Photo: Laura Reinhardt

Gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalogue give children and their families the resources they need to thrive, ensure artisans receive fair wages for their work and provide necessities like clean water and medical supplies to communities that need them most. And when you give gifts that give back, you’ll discover the joy behind the saying “It’s better to give than to receive.”

2. Christmas gift ideas for her

Two woman in their pajamas opening gifts by a Christmas tree.
Find the perfect gift for the special women on your list.

They say it’s the thought that counts, so we’ve put a lot of thought into our Christmas gift guide for the most important women in your life. Whether you’re in need of Christmas gift ideas for mom, your spouse, sister (or all of them) we bet she’ll be thrilled to unwrap one of these:
  • Jewelry: Bigger doesn’t always have to be better. Understated jewelry like Mejuri’s Honey Ring add just enough sparkle to everyday outfits, enhancing her natural shine.
  • Home accessories: Give her a beautiful mirrored jewelry box for storing her treasures.
  • Spa and beauty products: Pamper her from head to toe with gifts that make her feel just as good as she looks. Luxurious bath bombs, a jade facial roller and essential oil diffusers are a great way to help her create her very own spa in the comfort of home.
  • Journals and planners: Choose a bullet journal with dotted or blank pages, or a structured planner to keep track of everything from goals and accomplishments to habits like sleep, exercise and water intake.
  • Something cozy: She won’t even notice that the weather outside is frightful because these cozy presents, like a pair of touchscreen-enabled gloves, or a stylish throw blanket, are so delightful!  

3. Christmas gift ideas for him

A man in a red sweater and black jeans has a happy expression on his face as he stands in front of a blue wall.
We can’t predict how your guys will react when they open their gifts, but it might look something like this … if you follow our gift guide.

When did you become a mind-reader? That’s the question the men in your life will ask you after unwrapping the gift they’ve been hoping for. Start practicing your humble smile now because our Christmas gift ideas for dad, significant other, brother, uncle and all the other men in your life will have everyone rocking around the Christmas tree!
  • Tech gadgets: With this pair of wireless headphones, he can tune out the world without being tethered to a mobile device. We like the sound quality and affordable price…and so do over 2,000 reviewers.
  • Grooming products: Bring out your guy’s glow with the perfect shave kit or a three-piece skin care set.  
  • Apparel: He can live his comfiest life in a Dad Cardigan that’s been updated with modern lines and a bold, red stripe.
  • Stocking stuffers: Top off his Christmas gift haul with a little something extra, like a Thermos travel mug or a toque that proudly shows off his love for our national pastime.  

4. Christmas gift ideas for friends

A young woman wearing a black tank top covers her face with her hands as another woman in a grey sweater hands her a white gift box tied with a red ribbon.Take the guesswork out of Christmas shopping with our comprehensive gift guide.

You’re so good at reading your best friend’s thoughts, you could say it’s a gift. See what we did there? This Christmas, surprise your BFF with a present as awesome as they are.     
  • Subscription boxes and memberships: Who doesn’t like to get a little gift out of the blue? With subscription boxes, you can surprise your BFF with new, curated goodies like vegan-friendly lifestyle items and snacks, healthy meals or designer outfits throughout the year. Amazon Prime and Spotify memberships also make great gifts.
  • Make-up with a heart: Mica is a widely used mineral that adds shimmer to many make-up products. Unfortunately, it’s also connected to child labour. You and your girl squad can help break the chain of child labour by switching to ethical, Canadian make-up brands like Pure Anada and Haut Cosmetics.

5. Christmas gift ideas for kids

Two children from Zambia smile as they gaze at Christmas lights.
Sponsored girl Rosemary, 10, and her friends and family hang up Christmas lights on a hut next to her home in Moyo ADP, Zambia. Photo: Jon Warren​

We’ve written a list (and checked it twice) of some Christmas gift ideas the little ones in your life will love.
  • Educational toys: We love toys that are fun and stimulate young minds at the same time! This adorable cutting fruit set from Melissa & Doug lets young kids play pretend while learning about concepts of part, whole and fractions. And here’s a board game that teaches older children the basics of coding by having them race their robots around a track that they map out themselves.
  • Toys that spark creativity: Is there anything that sparks the imagination better than the classic Lego set? We’re talking about the kind that we all played with as kids – assorted bricks of every size and colour that pushed our imagination to its limit. If your child has an artistic flair, you may want to get them a paint set that includes everything they need to get their creative groove on. And, because all the paints are washable, you don’t have to worry about doing any permanent damage to the walls, the cupboards, their clothes, their faces, we could go on…

6. DIY Christmas gifts

A white plate of sandwich cookies with red jelly centres is adorned with a red plaid bow.
Not all presents have to be store bought. Why not try your hand at making something from scratch?

If you’re the type who likes to add a personal touch to every gift you give, these are some ideas to help jumpstart your creative juices.
  • Baked treats: Whether you’re using an old family recipe or need a little help from Canada’s baking sweetheart, everyone will know that your secret ingredient is love.
  • Personalized gifts: Embroider or engrave a personal message on a keepsake item to make it even more special.
  • Photo books: Part album, part scrapbook, a photo book is a beautiful way to showcase and share your favourite memories. With so many styles and layout options to choose from, this is one gift you might be tempted to keep for yourself.

7. Did we miss anyone?

 Santa’s hand writes names on his “Nice” list. Nearby is a green plate of cookies and a red mug topped with whipped cream.Here are some more ideas to make sure we didn’t leave anyone off your list.

With all these ideas…we hope not! But, if you’re still scrambling for last-minute gift Christmas gift ideas, we’ve got you covered.   
  • Foodies: These days, it seems like there’s a gadget for pretty much every purpose in the kitchen. A knife sharpener (we really like this electric one), a 3-in-1 avocado slicer that’s getting rave reviews, or the much-coveted Instant Pot will have the foodie on your list dreaming of all the new recipes they’re going to try, from now until next Christmas.
  • Students: Organization is key to a successful student life, so we love gifts like this minimalist business planner to keep all those assignments in check and this set of colourful expanding file folders to hold everything together.
  • Friends in the service industry: Healthcare workers, Postal workers, waste collectors, and grocery store staff. They’re just a few examples of the many people that have been weathering through the pandemic. Show them your appreciation with delectable chocolates from our growing list of certified fair-trade chocolate producers.