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Tips on gifting at Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving and the most wonderful time of the year, but for many, it can also be the most horrible time of the year especially in choosing the right Christmas gift for everyone. You might feel under a lot of pressure to choose the perfect gift, and maybe even to do so without much guidance. Your friends might insist that they do not want anything for Christmas, but you know you are going to be in hot water if there is nothing on the table with their name on it come Christmas morning. You might not be lucky enough to get gift suggestions from your recipients, and even if you are, buying someone exactly what they’ve asked for puts a bit of a damper on the Christmas magic. The good news is that buying Christmas gifts doesn’t have to be a headache. With a little brainstorming, anyone can come up with gift ideas that are sure to please. Here are some helpful tips on choosing a gift for everyone this Christmas.

  1. Make a list of all the things the person is interested in and things that define who they are
Make this list long spend at least two full minutes writing down as many things as you can. Now brainstorm something to go with every item on that list, small or big. You don’t have to give all of those gifts, but you’re going to hit on some cool ideas you wouldn’t have otherwise, and when you combine a few of them, your giftee will appreciate how personal and thoughtful you were.  
  1. Make the present an event
Rather than just handing the gift in a regular wrapper, get creative with the packaging. Think of the gifting experience as an event and you want to make sure they enjoy it. Never, ever, underestimate the sheer fun of unwrapping presents. Sometimes, quantity can mean quality, when it’s a bunch of small individually wrapped items.  
  1. Look to the past
Maybe someone on your list recently graduated from college, and you could frame his diploma for display. Maybe your father retired and have been thinking of starting poultry.
  1. Stalk Social Media
Checking your loved one’s social media is another easy way to figure out what they might like. Not only will social media give you insight into what the person likes, some sites even provide areas where users can curate lists of items they want to buy in the future. This will give you clues of what they might need.
  1. Think of a gift message
A gift is a means of communication, it can make it much easier to choose the right one. Ask yourself what you would like to say to the person, and what you can give to communicate that. Remember, the message of a gift at Christmas time is the thought that counts. The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Merry Christmas!

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