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No matter how well prepared you think you are, Christmas shopping is never as easy as you’d think. You scour every shop front you can possibly imagine, online and in person, only to end up overwhelmed with the massive variety of different choices.
One of the main issues is finding something that really shows you care. There are so many standard, impersonal gifts out there that the whole shopping process can easily feel fake and gimmicky.
Luckily, there are some truly wonderful options out there that will show you’ve put time and effort into your decision – we’ve compiled a few examples to give you some inspiration.
- Personalised gifts
A great place to start is with a site that sells personalised gifts. Such sites sell items in multiple different categories, from options suitable for all the family, to personalised Christmas gifts for wives, husbands, parents, children and everything in between.
Most options can be personalised for the recipient. This might consist of having the item engraved with their initials, or having a short message embroidered on the item. Whatever you choose, personalised gifts are a great way of showing that you care, that you didn’t just pick up the first item you saw.
- Prepare a type of food you know they love
Everyone loves food, there really are very few exceptions to that rule. If you know that someone has a favourite snack, maybe a type of chocolate or a kind of jam or chutney, then try making it for them this Christmas.
It might not turn out perfectly, but that’s not the point. They’re sure to appreciate you putting in the effort, and will be warmed by the fact you know what kinds of food and snacks they like. As an added bonus, you might also save a little cash!
- Name a star after them
If the person you’re getting a gift for seems to have everything they need already, then you might want to get them a truly priceless gift by registering a star in their name. There are sites such as the Star Name Registry that let you look at the night sky and then name a star after your special person.
They’ll receive a gift box, containing a wooden frame that certifies which star is named after them. In addition to that, they’ll be able to look up each night knowing that they’re connected to a little dot of light, millions of miles away.
- A crafts set
The weeks and months after Christmas can be a cold and dark time, making it the perfect opportunity to pick up a craft. Maybe the recipient has for a long time talked about knitting, but never gotten around to buying some needles and wool.
If this is the case, you can put together a little craft set for them. Include some paints or wool or pencils of their favourite colour, maybe even some ideas to get them started.
At the end of the day, any gift that you put time into choosing will show that you care. Think about the recipient’s personal preferences a little, get an appreciation for what they like, and the ideas will follow.