It is that special time of the year again, where everywhere we turn we can feel the festive spirit and excitement in the air. Many enjoy this season and look forward to spending time with family and friends, eating delicious food, resting, and relaxing. Another thing that this festive time entails is gift-giving and more often than not, people get stressed over finding the perfect presents for their beloved ones. However, shopping can be as equally enjoyable with the right preparation and some effort, so here are some ways you can get ready, as well as some recommendations to help you get started.
Things to Consider
Connecting Items with Experiences – Personalizing material things will make them more special. Thanks to today’s technology there are many things on which you can add a message or image that somehow connects with the experiences you and the recipient have shared. Even adding a simple note along with a tangible item can give a clear message of how it can connect both of you in the future. This way the person will feel closer to you and appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Personal Style – Even if you are not the type to generally pay attention to these things, it can be useful when it comes to buying presents. You can notice someone’s style or preference in the way they dress or the way they decorate their home’s interior. Pay attention to the color of their clothing, what type of furniture they love, if they prefer vintage or modern items, whether they like minimalism and simplicity and the like.
Hobbies and Interests – Buying presents for someone usually entails that they mean a lot to you. Consider picking something that is tied to hobbies or things that they are interested in. This will help you choose something they will love, use, and it will also show just how much you care.
Asking What They Want or Need – As great as surprises are, you do not always have to prepare them. If an individual has mentioned that they need or want something but cannot afford it at the moment, it would be a great idea to get it for them if you can. You can even go ahead and ask them if there is something they wish for. This not only guarantees the recipient’s happiness but also perfectly showcases your attentiveness.
Time Management and Planning – Making a list before going on a shopping spree will help you complete it faster and make sure you buy everything you need. Buying a few presents over time might also be better, especially for your pocket, so try not to buy everything at once, or at least avoid last-minute shopping.
Remember that presents do not always have to be tangible things, but if they are something you prefer, here are some ideas.
Technological devices and gadgets have probably been one of the most popular types of presents in recent years. Although some of them can be a bit expensive, others are affordable. For example, for music enthusiasts, a Bluetooth speaker or a pair of headphones might be great. Both come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. There are different types of headphones to choose from such as overhead, in-ear, or wireless ones and they also come with various features such as noise-cancellation, bass control, and more. For someone who loves photography, an instant camera might be fun. Some of them offer instant printing and graphic design features. If they already have a camera, a photo printer might be a great present.
True bookworms can never have enough books. Consider buying them one from their favorite author or a series they have wanted to read, but didn’t have the chance to. You can even find limited edition books and series which are great for someone who collects them passionately. To add a more personal touch, you can buy them a few of their favorite titles and design the book jackets to create a cohesive, more personal look.
For true poker lovers, there is nothing better than getting a great set of poker chips that they can proudly display in their playroom and use on game nights. You can find a variety of sets here and many of them come in a case with extra items such as playing cards, a dealer button, and much more.
Jewelry and Accessories
If you are familiar with a person’s style, a piece of jewelry is a great choice. Pay attention whether they are wearing earrings, a necklace, bracelet, or rings whenever you see them and take notice of the design and colors. If they are not a jewelry lover, other accessories might be better, for example, a nice quality wallet, watch, or belt.
Unless you know what type of makeup a person uses, it is unwise to purchase it as a gift. Instead, opt for skincare products like creams, shampoos, lotions, and even bath bombs. Perfume or cologne is thoughtful and men might also appreciate a grooming kit or beard products if they have one.
Mugs or Glasses
Coffee or tea lovers will always enjoy a new mug from which they can sip their favorite hot beverage. You can add your design, quote, message, or even a photo to make it more unique. For friends who enjoy drinking, think about buying their favorite drink and adding appropriate glasses to go with it.
If you have time and would like to be a bit more creative, making a gift box with someone’s favorite things might be especially considerate and attentive. For example, if they enjoy cooking, you can get some small kitchen tools, a cookbook, and even a blank recipe book so they can write down interesting recipes.
For a person who enjoys drawing or writing, stationery is always welcome. Add a few beautiful notebooks, a journal, and even a candle to make it more special and meaningful.
Some other ideas include making a box filled with phone accessories, Christmas-related items such as ornaments and candy, one that is full of their favorite musician’s or sports team’s merchandise and memorabilia, and the likes.
With proper planning and time management, you can avoid stress and frustration when shopping for the holidays. Your gesture will surely be appreciated no matter what you buy, so focus on enjoying the festivities and having a great time with the people you care about.