“People making list, buying special gifts...and you wish you could give more…” As the song goes...
These two years of lockdowns and quarantines may have poured not just water, but ice cubes on the enthusiasm of most all over the world. Amid the impending pallor of the health crisis, there are sure to rise up, shimmers of good cheer, waiting to be unwrapped.
Indeed, ‘tis the season to be. Wishing those that we care about -- good health, joy, peace, prosperity, and good ol’ merriment. In other words, the season of giving, sharing, receiving, and hugging is unstoppable, never to be suspended.
Christmas IS DEFINITELY just around the corner. Since that’s the case, why not start early, because before you know it, Christmas well-wishers will be knocking on your door. No need to beat your brains looking for new Christmas gift ideas, we’ve got you ‘covered.’ Here are some tips:
The best way to make sure everything ends up on the Christmas list is to start early. Writing early on those ideas makes sure that nothing gets left off or added too late to make it into the gift bag. Try to consolidate their Christmas wish list around the same time you order your Holiday cards. This is around a month before the big day.
Whether it’s in the notes of your phone or in a notebook, keeping a Christmas list whenever you’re on the go can help in times when inspiration strikes so things don’t get forgotten.
Once you have a full Christmas list, ask your better half, sibling or the kids to prioritize what’s on the list. That way you’ll be able to maximize your Christmas shopping budget.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your Christmas gifting. Think outside the box. Whether what you’re planning to give is a homemade gift or a gift of memorable experiences, you will see the awe, and that often turns out great. It’s also the perfect way to make sure this year’s Christmas is one to remember.
Does a loved one need a new hanger rack, or a new backpack, or new boots this year? Turning needed things into fun, customized gifts is a great way to accomplish those goals, as you celebrate the holidays.
Ask “what brings you joy?” At the end of the day, you want to see joy and excitement on your closest friends, loved one, siblings, parents,’ kids’ faces. So, consider too, what you feel would bring them the most joy on Christmas morning, then plan your Christmas shopping from there.
Don’t feel pressured to fill your house with Christmas presents just for the sake of it. Love ones will always remember their favorite, most meaningful gifts received, and not so much on the amount spent on the wrapped presents under the tree.
Now, what are some stuff you didn’t know you needed, but you could put on your Christmas list? Most often, this is the kind of stuff that you may not have -- and haven’t thought about it, but could really use.
Nice little accessories, tools, appliance or a PMD that make life easier, or quality products that you can rely on, for years to come. For starters, here are some practical and sensible gift ideas to give to family members, relatives, close friends and for you to receive as well:
(7 Gift Rules, in next issue...)