It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is quickly approaching and with that comes gift giving. I absolutely love giving gifts. It’s how I show others that I care about them. I’ve put together just a few tips and tricks to help you this holiday season!
Think about the person
It’s important to put thought into your gift. Be sure to note the likes and dislikes of the person you’re giving to. (Side note: once I gave my brother a Penn State shirt as a joke- that’s not his favorite team. He still doesn’t think that it was funny.) Make sure that you put them first, after all, the gift is for them! I have a tendency to purchase things that I like, haha!
Keep price in mind
If you and whoever you’re exchanging with come up with a price limit, stick to it. I know that I can get out of hand (I just get so excited and want to buy it ALL.) but it’s important to stay true to the limit you had already agreed upon. You don’t want to make the other person feel uncomfortable if they stuck to the limit and you didn’t.
Purchase gifts that compliment one another
Something I love to do is buy gifts that compliment one another. For a friend, you can come up with a relaxation kit for a night in to themselves. Think wine, face masks, and cozy socks! If you’re buying clothes, think about items that go together like sweatpants and hoodies. If you’re purchasing a trip or tickets to go somewhere, get something little that you can wrap that goes well with what you’re going to be doing.
If you are artistic, you may want to go this route. You can knit a blanket or paint something that your person would love. Handmade gifts are always a thoughtful gesture. I, however, cannot knit or draw so my gifts will definitely be store-bought! If you’re anything like me but still want to be creative, Pinterest has so many quick, and easy ideas for gifts! My aunt and I make sugar scrubs, which are always a hit. Etsy is also awesome if you just want to purchase a handmade gift (support the pros!).
We have this inside joke in my family about paper towels. So every Christmas, everyone gets my dad a roll of paper towels (he wastes so many and we all call him out on it, but he continues to use more than he needs when he cooks!). It’s so simple yet so funny. If you have an inside joke, use it. It will make your gift meaningful.
You can (almost) never go wrong with alcohol and chocolate
A bottle of wine or box of chocolate is a great gesture, especially if you aren’t sure what to get someone. Everyone goes to holiday parties or exchanges gifts with people that they don’t know on a personal level. These sort of gifts are perfect for that situation. If you’re going to someone’s house over the holidays, it’s always a great idea to bring something and any sort of small gesture will be much appreciated by the host!
I hope this helps you when you’re doing your holiday shopping. Let me know any other tips that you have below. Thanks for reading!
(Shout out to Isabella for the topic suggestion 😉 hehe)