As if we don’t need to tell you, Christmas is coming, but sooner than you think! So here comes a few months of frantic gift buying. But isn’t it a bit boring just to buy the same all the gifts, year in year out? No doubt you have got a pile of deodorants that have been stockpiled since last Christmas? So when it comes to buying gifts for friends and the ones you love, what are the best choices to buy that don’t consist of the same toiletries you bought last Christmas and the Christmas before?
Giving To Charity (In Their Name)
This one is handy if you are buying for people who usually receive a little gift, and don’t expect something elaborate. Or you can use this instead of the traditional Christmas cards. The great thing about giving to charity in somebody’s name is that it only cost a little bit more than a typical Christmas card to provide a family with clean water, keep them warm, or feed them for a specific amount of time. Of course, it makes you feel good too!
This is good for someone who is impossible to buy for. A practical gift shows that you have been paying attention throughout the year, especially if you buy something that has just broken, such as a coffee machine or an appliance that is partially essential, but too expensive for them to buy straight away. With gifts like these it’s always difficult to find the best model, especially if you want to buy at the top of the range, but within a decent budget, it’s worth having a look at a site like Top9Rated product reviews to get some inspiration. Practical gifts can be viewed as a little bit “meh” on the gift scale, but at least it’s something that the recipient needed.
Now, this is usually a go-to for a lot of people, but the best piece of advice in buying clothes is to have a good look at what the person wears normally. We’ve all been there, that sweater that our aunt bought in a hideous color, that we will never wear beyond next week, let alone next year. In this respect, it’s best to stay away from bright colors, and just go for modest and neutral colors. And, to spare any embarrassment, maybe it’s worth attaching the receipt just in case.
These are always a handy backup plan. You’ve got people in your family that have children, and maybe they need a break every now and again, so vouchers for the movies or a meal is an ideal gift for them. Likewise, vouchers for kids towards an expensive toy is always going to be suitable in the eyes of the parents. Vouchers and gift cards are surprisingly popular, and although it may be an underwhelming gift in some respects, you can put as much money as you want on them, and at least you know it will go towards something that they actually want.
The typical gift bandwagon at Christmas is something a lot of people don’t buy into anymore, so maybe it’s worth getting off that bandwagon and just buying some practical gifts or something simple.