Some people are easy to buy for, some not. So let's explore some gift-giving ideas that should be welcome for the home.

Some people are easy to buy for, some not. So let's explore some gift-giving ideas that should be welcome for the home.

It is always nice to receive gift baskets full of eating, drinking and snacking opportunities. These baskets can be purchased just about anywhere, but to make the gift special, consider making the basket yourself.

First purchase a good-looking basket that you know the recipient would use in the home after all the goodies are consumed. Baskets fit well into just about any decor because they can sit next to a chair to be filled with magazines, by a fireplace to be filled with logs or in a guest bathroom for used hand towels to be thrown in.

Filling the basket can be fun. Depending on how well you know the recipient, you can purchase just the right wines and just the right snacks to go with the wines. Be sure to add a couple of fancy wine glasses and a good corkscrew.

Trimming the tree is a big deal in most households. Consider giving the gift of a handcrafted tree ornament. Your thoughtfulness will be remembered year after year. And consider: Some Christmas-tree ornaments are collectors' items, so you might just start a tradition with that first gift.

A holiday plate or bowl is another gift that will be used year after year. Fill the bowl with gourmet chocolates and you'll make a double hit. Fill the plate with homemade sweets and you'll be a hero.

So there are some ideas to get you started. All of these gifts work well, particularly if you are invited to a holiday party and you want to leave a good impression. Let's get the parties started.

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer, is author of "Mystery of Color."