As Christmas approaches, many people start to feel a bit anxious and overwhelmed by all the activities and shopping the season brings. Finding the perfect gift can be challenging, but with a few helpful tips, it’s possible to get a great gift that the recipient will love while still sticking to your budget.
The first thing you should do is take some time to create a list of everyone you want to give gifts to. Make sure you include your kids’ teachers, the mail carrier, trash collectors, business associates, friends, and family. There are often last-minute needs for gifts, so don’t forget to add a few items that you can use for unexpected guests or occasions where you want to have something to give. Next, set a realistic budget. It’s okay to pare down your gift giving to stay on budget.
With a list of people on your gift list and your budget set, start brainstorming some great gift ideas for each person. Carefully consider each person’s interests, lifestyle, and hobbies, but don’t rule out a unique gift that doesn’t necessarily fall into the obvious.
With the basics covered, it’s time to start your Christmas shopping. Whether you shop online, in brick-and-mortar stores, or a combination of the two, it can be easy to become overwhelmed if you don’t have a plan.
Top gift ideas include the latest tech gadgets; sporting equipment or apparel; food/chocolate; indulgent bath and body products; items specifically for the recipients’ favorite activities, such as gardening, cooking, or traveling; and comfort items, like a fluffy robe or fuzzy slippers.
Of course, every person on your gift list is unique, but you should have no trouble finding gifts that everyone will enjoy. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed or uncertain, consider a gift hamper. This is something that can be chosen to meet the specific age and interests of those on your gift list. Gift hampers also make wonderful gifts for employees, and those you might not know on a personal level.
Gift hampers can be created according to specific interests, such as a basket of gourmet foods, small kitchen tools, a recipe book, etc. Similarly, a hamper with coffee, mugs, and an assortment of goodies can be perfect for everyone from a college student, teacher, or service provider.
If you’re considering any type of clothing, it’s important to either choose items that are easy to size correctly, like a sweater or buy clothing if you’re sure it will fit. Giving something that has to be returned or exchanged can be a hassle for your gift recipient.
Home decorative items can also make great gifts, as can things that help keep your friends and family organized. Consider daily/monthly planners, handy desk and closet organizers, and beautiful baskets or bins for those bulky items. Seniors might appreciate items that will make their life a bit easier, such as a basket of their favorite snack foods or a tablet that makes it easy to browse the internet and read emails.
If you’re still struggling to find something that speaks to the individual you have in mind, consider items like a personalized key chain, or a frame for a favorite photo. Simple tech gifts like a key finder gadget, temperature control Smart mug, wireless headphones, or a portable Bluetooth speaker all make great gifts for adults and teens.