A Charming Season: Here are the Best Fall Gift Ideas of the Year

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but it is oddly empty in terms of gift-giving occasions. Of course, you never know when someone’s birthday might come along, and an anniversary can land anywhere during the year. But in terms of national (or global) gift-giving holidays, the fall season is fairly bare. Perhaps it’s because everyone is saving up for Christmas (and spending a fortune on back-to-school supplies). Or maybe it’s just that we’re overlooking some important fall occasions! After all, the calendar isn’t completely empty at this time – you can give gifts for World Teacher’s Day in October, Boss’s Day a week later, and some people even like to give gifts at Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the absolute best time to give a gift to someone you love: No special occasion whatsoever! What is better than that surprise moment when a friend or lover gives you a present just because? It doesn’t even matter what the gift is, because the special part is that they were thinking of you. If you’d like to surprise someone in your life with an out-of-the-blue fall present, here are some of the best seasonal gift ideas we could come up with. Happy fall!

Personalized Fall Door Mat

We love personalized things (duh) and we love door mats, so you know how we feel about this product! Take a look at it, imagine it personalized with the name of your close friends, and see if you don’t fall in love as well. Door mats are wonderfully functional, of course, and they also make for terrific seasonal decorations. There’s something cozy about coming home to a new doormat on the front porch; it just makes you feel welcome and refreshed. And this one, with its “Hello Fall” welcoming message, can easily transform a drab front step into a celebration of the season.

Pumpkin Spice Gift Set

We’re not sure exactly when it happened, and we’re not exactly sure why it happened (although we suspect Starbucks has something to do with it). All we know is that somewhere in the last couple of decades, America officially lost its mind over the taste of pumpkin. It seems to us that the whole world turns into pumpkin spice when the calendar turns over to September. There are pumpkin spice milkshakes, pumpkin spice candles, and even Pumpkin Spice Doritos. Okay, we’re not sure if that last one is a real thing, and the truth is, we’re too afraid to look it up. In any case, if you know someone who is all about pumpkin spice, why not get them a gift set with an assortment of treats?

Circular Wood Sign

Maybe it’s just us, but when we think about which season is most closely associated with family, we always think of fall. It doesn’t make a lot of sense when you break it down, but that’s not the point. The point is the “feeling” of it, and there’s just something very Norman Rockwell about fall that brings up images of a family gathered around the living room or going through a stroll together in the nearby woods. If you feel the same, maybe you’ll understand why we included this personalized circular wooden sign in our list. Nothing about it exactly screams “fall,” but we definitely get a fall-and-family vibe from it. Seasonal or not, it makes for a wonderful gift.

Thick Blanket

One of the best parts of fall is that we get an opportunity to take a break from the air conditioner (as long as you don’t live in Florida) and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the season. Of course, in some places, it gets way too cold! In that case, you might need a good, thick blanket to cuddle up with as the thermostat plunges. What could be cozier than wrapping yourself up in a nice blanket while reading something off the NY Times Bestseller’s List? Or watching the latest season of your favorite show on Netflix? This is what a good fall evening is all about, and you can make it happen with this lovely and thoughtful gift.

After School Snack Wine Glass

We may think of fall as that time of year when kids stuff their backpacks and head back to school, but don’t forget: Plenty of teachers will be headed back to work as well. This is a trying time for every teacher in the country; just ask one of them if you don’t believe us! They’ll be needing your support, and they may also need some help from the finest vineyards in the world. If you have a teacher in your life, there’s no better time to get them a surprise gift than when fall rolls around. And this cheeky “After School Snack” wine glass will undoubtedly find a coveted spot in their kitchen cabinet (or wine rack). Pair it with a nice bottle of vino for maximum effect!

Hello Fall Wood Welcome Sign

With the leaves changing and the weather cooling, fall is a beautiful time to change up your home decorations. It’s extraordinary how refreshed you can make your home feel with just a few lovely accents, especially if they are well-chosen and well-placed. You may know someone who has yet to discover the simple joys of decorating for the season. If so, this is as good a time as any to introduce them to the fun! What better way to do so than with this Hello Fall wooden welcome sign? Simple to install and beautiful to behold, this sign can add rustic charm to any front stoop. A great gift for the decoratively-challenged homeowner!

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