Mom, Dad, the dog? They’re the easy ones. But when it comes to shopping for the people you rely on every day, but don’t know so well – well, that’s when things really get tough. From your favorite barista (if getting you through the morning isn’t heroic, I don’t know what is) to your personal trainer, this gifting guide has you covered.

Postal Carrier
Did you know the U.S. Postal Service restricts the types of gifts your postal carrier can accept? True story. Cash, alcohol, and gifts valued over $20 are a no-no. So, go with something simple like a warm scarf set for bitter winter days or a coffee gift card for early mornings on the job.

The Babysitter
Whether your babysitter is in high school or college, you can bet they’re into electronics. And a sparkly iPhone® case or iPad® cover is the perfect way to make sure he or she won’t cancel last minute, leaving you stranded at home with the kiddos.

Your Favorite Barista
For getting my coffee just right at 7AM, I would give my barista a million dollars if I could. But since my pockets don’t run that deep, a little something sweet (like gourmet cookies) are a great way to say, “Thanks for getting my sugar-to-soy-milk ratio right every time.” Plus, it gives them the chance to sample treats other than the ones they dish out everyday.

Your Kid’s Teacher
Sure, the tag reads “from” your little one, but we all know it’s the parents who end up doing the heavy lifting on the gifting front. This year, rather than their millionth red apple ornament, give them something they’ll actually put to use, like a coffee-to-go mug.

Your Personal Trainer
Let’s face it. When someone’s this in shape, they’re probably a big sports fanatic. So, as a thanks for keeping all those extra holiday pounds off, gift them a piece of memorabilia from their favorite team.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 5, 2012