Let’s be honest. You’re obliged to buy lots of gifts this season…  gifts for people you love and gifts for those you dislike (or even actively hate). We’re back with our annual Gifts of Love and Hate List.

5  GIFT IDEAS FOR PEOPLE YOU TOTALLY LOVE

Your kid’s totally devoted teacher. The miracle-neighbor who keeps your mom company. The hairdresser who squeezes you in when you’re at your most desperate. The mail person who braves your walk in all weather, not to mention your 110 pound snarling dog. The babysitter who’ll drop anything to play with your rugrats because she loves them. These people are worth a splurge.

1.  Everyone needs a good shot of AM brew. Take a plunge and treat them with a molto-mega-splurge on a pound of Kenyan coffee from George Howell’s Terroir Coffee. Truly the best coffee we’ve had. EVER. After all, isn’t that miracle working teacher worth it?

2. Skip the overpriced FTD last minute gift to that trusty neighbor. Head over to our favorite baker: Baking for Good (an annual list maker). Pricy to be sure, but each delectable morsel is worth every penny. Not only is the stuff yummy, 15% of your purchase goes to charity!

3. Bitches on a Budget—the book!

4. Fantastic Marimekko pot holders. So happy and cheerful. And, if after looking at all those perky florals and prints, you find you’re really in the springy mood throw in a matching apron.

5. Buy this Mini-Colander. It’s decorative and functional. We can’t ever have enough of these around the kitchen. Good looking on the counter filled with healthy berries. We’ve even collected a bunch and use them as salad dishes.

Now the fun part.

5 GIFTS FOR PEOPLE YOU HATE (BUT CHARITY AND SURVIVAL NECESSITATE YOU PURCHASE)

The person in your carpool who is always late.  The outplacement personnel manager at work. Your too-skinny, oppressively perky workout  instructor. The friend who weasels an invitation to every dinner party and never reciprocates, but expects a present at their holiday potluck ‘dessert’ party. Your hairdresser who fits you in when you’re desperate and whines about how backed up they’ll be for the day. (Hmm… what does it say about us that this list was sooooo easy to make?)

1. This too good looking for the late guy Kitchen Timer. Maybe they’ll get the hint.

2. The Bully Dog Bank.  Adorable. Or is it? Perfect for the personnel guy.

3.  Chocolate Covered Nibs from our go-to chocolate purveyor: Taza Chocolate. A thoroughly passive-aggressive gift for that too-skinny instructor. So delicious, she’ll have no choice but to go on a chocolate-binge.

4. This season’s favorite stocking stuffer oxymoron: Useful Coal Soap from Santa. For maximum impact make certain the recipient has no sense of humor.

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5. Look, maybe we’re being too mean. It is the holiday season, after all. Do you really want to play the grinch? Let’s be compassionate, ladies. You want to win hearts? There’s a simple way. Give them Bitches on a Budget.