By Betsy Stein
Maribeth Tulenko, a mom from Ellicott City, is an expert at holiday shopping for the impossible to shop for.
Whether it’s her parents or her teenage niece and nephew or her own teenage daughter, she has ideas — and if she doesn’t, she has a plan of how to get ideas.
“I always try to be clever with gifts,” Tulenko says. “Putting thought into a gift is important because gifts are so material. … I’m one of those weird people who likes to troll different websites and read about what people give each other.”
Over the years she’s painted pottery for her parents or given them tickets to a show that’s coming to town. Her niece is into lacrosse so she found cute tshirts from LuLaLax.com. One time she gave her husband (they are now divorced) a gift certificate to Massage Envy because his back had been bothering him. He loved it.
Tulenko records all the presents she gives in a little book and refers to the book from year to year to get ideas and to make sure she doesn’t repeat gifts.
“Christmas shopping is work. It’s not something you go out and do on a whim,” she says. “There’s thought that goes into it. At least, there should be.”
If you are staring down the holiday shopping deadline and are stumped by the impossible to shop for — read on for a few gifr ideas incase you don’t have time to put the thought in yourself.