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New Years Gift Ideas

January 1st

Providing a fresh start and the chance to take on unfinished projects and goals, this is the first day of a brand new year. It is a time to celebrate together the closing of one chapter and the start of a new one. For many, this is the time to begin a New Year's resolution. Popular resolutions include commitment to a new diet or an exercise program. For others, resolutions are more about new adventures or learning: ballroom dancing, Italian lessons or perhaps a class at the local Community college. The sky's the limit when it comes to fulfilling personal dreams with a renewed sense of purpose.

New Year's Day is also closely linked with parades and sporting events-particularly the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl. Millions of viewers tune in to watch these events with family and friends. Others prefer to rest and relax after their late night celebrations on New Year's Eve.

Gift Ideas
  • Calendar (leather bound for the desk, or electronic for technology lovers)
  • Season's tickets to the theater, opera, symphony or sporting events
  • Membership to an art museum
  • Subscription to a magazine
  • Instructional videos (cooking, language, travel, exercise...)
  • Workout gear for the gym
  • Lesson with a golf pro, tennis pro or personal trainer
  • Scrapbook making kit
  • Desktop organizer
  • Gourmet snack basket for the Rose Bowl
Gift Certificate Ideas
Frequently Asked Questions

I've been invited to a New Year's Day Rose Bowl party at the home of some good friends. Should I bring a gift?
Gift giving on New Year's Day is a popular tradition, and a wonderful way to kick off a new year with friends. Your gift could be themed to the Rose Bowl or to a new hobby or interest that your friends are just beginning.

A New Year's gift can also be an expression of the good times that you've shared, and future moments that you'll enjoy-perhaps tickets for a performance or sporting event that you can attend together. If you are bringing a basket of Rose Bowl treats, you could even add a gift certificate and let them select a New Year's present to suit new interests.

Do the dates and customs for New Year's Day celebrations vary in different cultures?
Yes. The Jewish festival Rosh Hashanah and Chinese New Year are just a few of the many diverse New Year's celebrations throughout the United States and the world. The dates of these New Year's celebrations vary each year, as many are based on a lunar calendar. See our non-gifting holiday section for more information on Rosh Hashanah.

My friend is starting a healthy eating program for the New Year. I'm considering a gift related to this theme. Any ideas?
What a great idea! There are some wonderful cookbooks with recipes based on a wide variety of eating plans. Or you might consider a basket filled with fresh organic produce and other healthy treats.

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