With the holiday season practically in full swing, it’s time to decorate the tree, bake your favorite cookies, and enjoy some cheerful activities with family and friends. Though the holidays are a joyous time, finding the perfect gift can be stressful.

Rather than spending hours trying to find one perfect gift for that someone special in your life, try choosing multiple gifts that show your love in a unique way. With small gifts or larger splurge-worthy presents, you can stimulate each of the recipients five senses for a truly exceptional gift-giving experience.

The concept of a “five senses gift” is to buy or create gifts that appeals to the basic senses of the human body: sound, touch, taste, smell and sight. Whether you choose to give each gift at once, or space them out over the holidays, five senses gifting is a great way to spoil your loved ones!

Gift Ideas for Sound

gift of sound

The gifts you give for the sense of sound will be like music to their ears — literally! If you want to opt for something homemade, try making them a mixtape of love songs, or you can splurge and get tickets to a concert together. Whatever you choose, the gift of sound will continue to ring happily in their ears!

  • Headphones
  • Record player
  • Concert tickets
  • Speakers
  • Audiobooks
  • Leave a thoughtful voicemail
  • Portable music player
  • Sleep noise machine

Gifts Ideas for Touch

gift of touch

Physical touch is one of the most intimate of the five senses, and is even one of the five love languages. For this gift, you can get them something that will bring them physical comfort, or something activity-related that gets them to use their hands. You can also offer them a big, warm hug!

Gifts Ideas for Taste

gift of taste

Tantalize your loved one’s taste buds with a flavorful gift! If someone has a sweet tooth, you can bake them their favorite dessert or take them on a trip to your local ice cream parlor. Looking for something that isn’t food-related? Consider purchasing a nice set of wine or beer glasses that they can use over and over again!

Gifts Ideas for Smell

gift of smell

Whether it’s the Christmas tree, a wood-burning fire or fresh cookies coming out of the oven, there are so many wonderful scents during the holidays! Capture the essence of Christmastime with the gift of smell. For an activity gift, consider combining the gifts of smell and taste and plan an evening of cooking and taste tasting!

  • Cologne or perfume
  • Essential oils
  • Candles
  • DIY herb growing kit
  • Beard oil
  • Flowers
  • Bath bombs or salts
  • Car air freshener
  • Spa set

Gift Ideas for Sight

gift of sight

Seeing is believing, and with a gift for sight, your loved ones will fully be able to see how much you adore them. This is the one sense where you have a lot of flexibility with what you choose — whatever you pick, make it a gift that is more than meets the eye!  

 

Take some of the holiday shopping pressure off yourself this year by opting for a five senses gift. It is truly a unique way to show someone you care this holiday season — after all, it’s the thought that counts! Your loved one will appreciate the thought that you put in to personalizing each present and for appealing to each of their five senses. Plus, you can use this concept for a significant other, family member, friend, or anyone in your life you’re shopping for this Christmas! Be sure to utilize the printable gift tags and a unique gift wrapping style to set your present apart from the rest. 

 

Printables for Friends

Whether it’s your best friend or your colleague for a Secret Santa, we have printable gift tags and cards that will be the perfect final touch on your five senses gifts. You can use the blank cards to write any customized message like an inside joke, or just a short message wishing them a happy holiday season!

Printables for Loved Ones

Putting together a five senses gift experience for your significant other? These romantic printables are an additional way to show how much you care, but this time with words. Use the blank cards to write love messages, your favorite memory with them, or a simple “I love you.”

 

Sources

Gift Canyon | Dating Divas | Deliberately Here | Your Chicness | Chicago Tribune