It can be a mad dash to finish off your Christmas shopping in time for the big day, but every year you’re stuck with the same old ideas. You feel like your family and friends are getting bored of your gift giving. Let’s face it your shopping skills need a complete overhaul right now. So listen up and take note of these super simple and unique present ideas that will get your loved ones feeling merry and bright this year!
The Other Half
Your partner deserves more than just a small gift for putting up with you this year. They’ve been there for you through thick and thin and are always there to keep you smiling. Their gift needs to be the most sentimental of them all when it comes to your present planning this year. One of the most fun and personal things you could buy your special guy or girl, is an actual activity. It’s important to start spending our money on making memories with the people we love, rather than material things. Why not invest in a thrill-seeking adventure for you to do as a couple? There are so many exciting activities out there that are waiting for you both to take up. The pictures will last a lifetime and your other half with be thankful that they haven’t received yet another pair of socks!
Who is guilty of over-thinking the in-laws presents? It can’t be cheap or tacky. You mustn’t make it look like you’re sucking up to them. You just can never seem to get it right. Instead of being the world’s biggest worrier when it comes to impressing the in-laws with an extravagant, yet understated gift why not just ask them? Go for a coffee and see what they’re really into. It might be that your father in law has taken up cooking recently and would like some new recipes to try. We often make these kinds of gifts way too complex for ourselves. You’ll be sure to give them their favourite present of all by just listening to them!
Your sister is already a little spoilt and your brother couldn’t care less about Christmas. Nightmare or what? This year let’s shock them and go for an outlandish and unique gift that will completely blow them both away. Viking jewellery is suitable for both male and females and it’s actually got an interesting history behind it. Teach your siblings a bit about history as well as offering them the coolest piece of statement jewellery they’ll ever own. They will think you’re the most awesome brother or sister ever and you can be sure that your gift won’t be replicated by anybody else in the family. Go quirky with your sibling’s gifts. Out of all your loved ones they are the people who will appreciate it the most.
The Little Ones
In all honesty, when we’re buying presents for the little ones in our lives are we really trying to make them happy, or their parents? It’s easy to go along with the long list of gifts that their parents will think they like, but let’s stray away from the kiddie’s Christmas list this year. When it comes to children, simple things go a long way. There have been countless times that you’ve bought a majorly expensive present for a child and all they’ve cared about is the cardboard box it comes in! Sprinkle a little personal touch on a present this year and try using your creativity. Things like homemade playdough will go down a hit with the kids. They will love anything that will keep them busy and occupied during the day, so make something for them and it’ll keep them entertained for hours.
Your boss is actually the person you see most often. Every single day you interact with each other and you have actually got to know them pretty well over the years. Gifts to your boss don’t need to be impersonal, so stop being too careful. This is another present that you will go days and days pondering about, but you will never really get anywhere! Start taking little notes throughout the year of the things that they talk most about. Maybe they’re constantly complimenting you on the scarf you wear every day or maybe they are such a scatter brain that they keep meaning to buy a new diary. Something obvious will soon spring to mind and you’ll discover the perfect gift in a flash.
The Secret Santa
One of the more risky and tricky decisions you’ll have to make is what to buy for your secret Santa. You always end up unintentionally picking out the person you know the least. Typical! With secret Santa gifts there are two golden rules: stick to the budget and play it safe. If you have all decided on a budget then make sure you stick to it. Christmas is expensive enough without spending way more than you need to on lavish gifts. Secondly, try and pick two small gifts which fit into the categories of practical and delicious then you’ll be winning. Think about a box of chocolates alongside a useful and jazzy pen. If you hit both of these marks they are bound to like at least one of them!
This is an easy one. Your best friend is someone you’ve known your entire life. You’ve had countless numbers of Christmases together and exchanging gifts is always the highlight for both of you. The more personal you can be with this one, the better it will go down. Why not create a fun collage of all the adventures you’ve had this year? It will make a wonderful addition to their new home and it’s something that only you two can share together.
You’ll be covered from all angles if you take note of all of these quirky ideas. When it comes to present giving, remember that it’s the thought that counts. If you spend a little time thinking outside the box you’re bound to fill everybody around you with love and Christmas cheer.