As most Christmas seasons are, this happy holiday is the busiest of all. With people rushing and the days ticking away, finding the perfect gift for family, friends, and that special someone can be more stressful than anything, especially on a budget. As an amateur gift-giver myself, I know the confusion and frustration while shopping, but through this column, helpful tips, and an explanation process, both you and I will find peace in presents.
In order to snatch the best gift, you need to know who you’re shopping for. If your subject likes music, try an iTunes gift card, or even make a playlist of their favorite songs for them. This shows that you care, and CD’s to burn your songs onto are cheap, which is an added bonus. If they aren’t so into music, but say, writing; buy them a journal or notebook for them to write in. Although it seems small, it will mean a lot. If you’re close enough to the person you’re buying for, you can even make them a “goody bag” of their favorite candies, accessories, and even their favorite book. Or, maybe a scrapbook of all your memories together. A photo book of all of your pictures together is a nice touch as well, and something they can keep and cherish for a lifetime.
If you’re looking for something a bit more creative, the internet is always your friend. Websites like Pinit are always bound to have interesting and unique gift ideas. If all else fails, ask your friends for help on ideas. Or, more specifically, your gift-givee’s friends. While shopping for friends is a bit harder, looking for a boyfriend/girlfriend tends to be easier. Something as small as framing a picture of the two of you, or buying their favorite movie for you to watch is bound to make them smile.
While all of this may seem overwhelming, take a deep breath, and remember why you’re shopping in the first place. You’re trying to show you care, after all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?