Now the summer is over, many people have turned their attention to Christmas already! Yes, it’s that time again when the countdown to December 25th begins for another year. Whether you love Christmas and like to go all out on festivities or you prefer to bunker down and reappear in the New Year, chances are you will need to buy some gifts for loved ones. So, how to choose gifts that really mean something and won’t just be a waste of money? Here are a few ideas to help with this annual struggle:
Firstly, before you buy anything, take some time to really think about the recipient of the gift. Are there things that you know they already own? Do they have a passion or hobby? What are their interests? This should help to narrow down your search. If you don’t know the person very well, for example a secret santa in the workplace, consider a more wide-ranging gift like a voucher for a popular store, cinema or restaurant.
It can be especially tough to buy for men. Unless they have an obvious passion, such as fishing or football, knowing what to buy can become a headache and require some imagination. Try to think outside the box a bit and consider purchasing an experience as opposed to a physical item. Experiences are becoming increasingly popular as consumers seek exciting and memorable activities rather than possessions. There are so many to choose from, including supercar track days, hot air ballooning, cooking courses and stadium tours, to name just a few.
People are sometimes hesitant about buying clothing for loved ones. Clothing, like art, is a highly personal thing and unless you know the person very well, it’s too easy to either choose the wrong style or the wrong size. However, there are some garments that are timeless classics that transcend the latest fads and fast fashion. A beautiful winter gift is Mens Aran Sweaters. This classic winter warmer is an essential addition to any man’s wardrobe. Find out more at Shamrock Gift
For those looking for foodie gifts, this is becoming easier thanks to the explosion in demand for sustainable, healthy and organic food and drink. There are many places to source unique, local organic hampers which can be beautifully presented and full of delicious, healthy foods that the recipient might not have tried before. This is also a great way to support local producers too.
If your recipient likes to pamper themselves or you think they deserve to be, you might want to consider a luxury gift set containing items like bath bombs, indulgent body creams, face masks and candles, for example. For an experience day of pampering, consider a spa day treat. This is the perfect opportunity for the recipient to unwind, get away from it all and enjoy some time just for themselves. This is an ideal gift for anyone who has had a tough time recently and could benefit from some TLC.