Think About Their Personality:
Just because you think a gift is silly, doesn’t mean the person you’re giving it to will. If they love quirky items, feel free to go a little crazy when choosing their gift. Consider your recipient’s style, personality, and hobbies when shopping. But also consider their space. After all, if Grandma already has 5,000 trinket boxes displayed on her overcrowded sideboard, she may not appreciate anymore. But, if she’s always talks about the lovely quilts she saw in a local shop, by all means buy her one!
Don’t Consider What It Costs:
Many people make the mistake of thinking a more expensive gift will be appreciated more. Sure, diamond earrings may be beautiful or something your mother would never buy for herself, but if she never wears them were they really worth the price? Choose gifts that will be used and appreciated. A great book costing €10 may be worth a lot more in the long run than those earrings.
Shop Early - And Often:
People who wait until Dec. 24th for the best deals are often disappointed by the selection. Don’t relegate your shopping to just November and December. When you see something that reminds you of someone special and that you know they’ll love - buy it - even if it is the Fourth of July! Finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy, so when you stumble across it, pick it up and stash it in a closet until the festive season roll around.
Make Something Special:
Let’s face it; we love all of those quirky (and even ugly) things our kids make for us. Why? Because they took the time, the effort and the thought to make something just for you! It isn’t its beauty or its usefulness that makes it special - it’s the love behind it. Everyone wants to be made to feel like they are worth that little extra. If you’re good at making things, by all means do it. Does your child’s teacher love your homemade bread or cupcakes? Bake her some! Does your mother-in-law rave about your scrapbooks? Make her one. Don’t worry if your homemade gifts aren’t perfect or expensive. They don’t need to be!
Perform a Service:
Short on cash this year? No worry. There are a lot of things you can do for the people in your life that will be more appreciated than any store-bought gift. If you have a friend who is a new mother, one of the best new baby gifts you can give her is to pick up the baby and tell her to go take a bubble bath. Think about simple services you can provide: babysitting, gardening, housecleaning, bringing in the coal or turf, to help ease the burden of those you care for. You may be surprised at how much it really is appreciated.
Gift giving can often become a stressful and expensive endeavuor. Strive to put love and thought back into your gift giving this year by taking the time to think about what your loved ones want, need and will appreciate the most.