We’re fast approaching the holiday season and many of us are beginning to consider what gifts we’ll get our nearest and dearest. Of course, this isn’t entirely what the holiday season revolves around. But it’s a time of year when many of us do enjoy giving gifts to our loved ones. When we’re constantly advertised to, it can be difficult to know what to choose to bring a smile to your friends and families’ faces. But not to worry. There are steps you can take to make the process a lot less stressful, as well as a few different things you might want to consider getting!
Don’t Put Yourself Under Financial Pressure
Christmas is the time of year where many people find themselves slipping into irrecoverable debt. Many of us feel pressure to spend as much as possible and take out credit cards or loans to cover the costs. The problem is that our budgets can quicky fly out of the window and we can then find ourselves struggling to pay these debts off at the same time as keeping up with our essential bills and outgoings. It’s extremely important that you do not put yourself under financial pressure for the sake of giving gifts. Take a moment to draw up a budget. Look at your finances and work out your disposable income. Then decide how much of this you want to dedicate to presents. Next, draw up a list of people you want to buy gifts for and distribute this money between them. Make sure to avoid going over budget. This will help to keep your finances in check.
Consider Your Loved Ones’ Interests
Once you’ve set a budget, it’s a good idea to look at your loved ones’ interests to get started on knowing what to get them. Some of us can be up front with friends and family, asking them exactly what they want. However, some of us do like to make our gifts a surprise. If you’re planning a surprise, you can get the right gift by considering tastes and preferences. Does your friend or family like a particular musician? Do they like an artist? Are they interested in hair and makeup? Do they like a specific luxury food? Answering these questions can help you create a theme for your gift and search online for something apt.
Different Gifts to Consider
If you’re planning on getting gifts, there are all sorts of different categories that you might want to consider. Here are some to look through!
Jewellery is a popular gift for those of us looking to make a real statement with our present. Whether you invest in a Rolex Datejust for your partner or a little pair of earrings for a sibling, jewellery is representative of luxury. Just make sure to consider what metals your loved one likes (gold tones, silver tones, bronze tones, etc). You may want to consider different stones – whether precious or semi-precious too!
Experiences as gifts are rising in popularity. You may want to consult a friend and family member and decide to book a holiday and head away with the money you’d both be spending on gifts anyway. This can be a fun experience together that will create lasting memories. You might want to book a surprise day out somewhere they’ve spoken about wanting to visit. You could buy a ticket to a gig or music concert that they’ve expressed interest in. Experiences really do cater to anyone’s interests, so take a look what’s out there!
Hair and Beauty
Christmas often comes hand in hand with a little time off work. So some people embrace this opportunity to pamper themselves. There are all sorts of fun gift boxes out there that have face masks, bath salts, moisturisers, lotions and more inside. These are fun and make a pretty gift, as well as giving your loved one something to really indulge in!
For a gift that lasts all year round, you might want to consider a subscription. If the person you’re buying for likes a particular magazine, you could have it delivered to their door monthly. But there are other, less traditional subscription services too! If your loved one likes tea, you can get boxes of specialist teas sent to them. If they like books, you can get monthly book packages. If they are vegan, you can get vegan goodie boxes sent out. You can even get subscription boxes for pets filled with toys and treats!
Chocolates are another popular gift choice. Some people have favourite brands that you might want to pick up. During the holiday season, many luxury brands come to the forefront too. Sometimes it’s nice to buy someone something that they wouldn’t buy themselves. So look into higher end options that may have more interesting flavours or higher quality chocolate as a special treat. Just make sure your wrapped gift doesn’t end up near a radiator or other heating system, as they’ll melt easily!
We tend to associate stockings with kids. But nobody is too old for a stocking! Fill a stocking with little treats and surprises. They can be sweets and chocolates, small gifts wrapped up and more. This is always fun and can bring a smile to anyone’s face, no matter how old or young.
As we’ve highlighted earlier, people tend to like to relax a little more with their time off over Christmas. So this is the best time of year to get your loved one some comfortable, cosy pyjamas. These will be worn and appreciated on the colder nights!
As you can see, the possibilities really are endless when it comes to getting gifts for your loved ones over the festive period. Just make sure that you spend within your means and don’t put too much pressure on yourself!