Break out the "Grab-bag of Useful Stuff" instead of giving individual holiday gifts #Shopping#Christmas#gift guides#gifts#great-ideas#holidays December 13 | Megan Finley meganfinley From the comments of our roundup of gifts for people you really like but hardly know comes this great idea from Homie sjcottrell: One tradition my husband and I started for our Christmas with the in-laws is the "Grab-bag of Useful Stuff." We load it up with things like packs of batteries, Duct Tape, scissors, winter gloves, flashlights, warm socks, first aid supplies, and other little things that everyone in our family seems to need and use but is always running out of. Then all the adults get to take turns blindly choosing items. It's a lot of fun, actually. It shows some degree of thought and care. And no one is stuck with a "here's a useless gift because I couldn't think of what else to get you" gift. We also keep it grownups-only, so we have a special thing after the kids have ripped off their wrapping paper. I once participated in something like this with my best friend's family years ago — I still use the Tupperware set that I received! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS Non-sucky, non-overdone, holiday music NEXT Before and after: Craigslist buffet-turned-TV-console Toggle comments [ 6 ] This is a really cool idea. The secret santa on my husbands side has turned into just a gift card exchange and nobody likes it. I know there's talk of an ornament exchange, but I like this idea too. 3 agree Reply Oh I am so stealing this! Reply This would have been a GREAT idea back when I still lived with roommates — just give the collective group a bag of "shit we run out of," since we'd all be using it anyway. 2 agree Reply Thank you for this inspiration. I never know what to get my family. Reply This would be great at my job! At least then i wouldn't get another set of hand lotion that smells awful Great idea! 1 agrees Reply This is a neat idea! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.