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If you haven’t even considered the sorts of presents you will be purchasing this year, then you need to get a wriggle on. The art of gift giving can take years to master. Finding that perfect something to give to your mum, dad, cousin, best pal or cat, can be tricky to stumble upon.
Forget purchasing a few bottles of wine to dish out this year and opt for something a little outside the box, that will raise a smile when your loved ones open their gift. It really is the thought that counts, so banish the scented candles and select a gift that resonates more on a personal level. Take a look at these gift ideas this festive season.
For The Sentimental One
If you have a family member who blubs at the slightest sentiment within a movie or a pal who can’t help but shed a tear every time they think back to their wedding day, it’s time to put your empathetic head on. These individuals love nothing more than getting all mushy and reminiscing about happy memories.
If you have a pal like this, why not consider getting that photo you took of you together at graduation blown up onto an A3 canvas. Or perhaps you fancy putting a picture of all of the grandkids into a gorgeous frame for your mum. Photos evoke such happy memories and really capture a moment in time that can be put on display. Too many people take hundreds of shots on their phone only for them never to see the light of day again. Personalise your nearest and dearest’s Christmas with some classy portraits, fun shots of the family doing crazy, silly things and magical milestone pictures of wedding days and significant birthdays. Unwrapping this sort of gift may result in some sobbing, but they will definitely be happy tears.
For The Gadget Geek
In the twenty first century, you have an abundance of choice when it comes to purchasing for the gizmo guru amongst us. If you have the budget to stretch, you might fancy picking up the latest games console, a smart thermostat for the home or a cloud linked CCTV security system for your nephew, cousin or best mate. Online gaming is a massive industry that people of all ages tap into to unwind, relax and have a few battles with monsters while casting some spells as part of a worldwide RPG gaming phenomenon. Coupled with gadgetry usually comes a hefty price tag, but it can be worth it when you see the awe and wonder plastered on your loved one’s face as they open their gift.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch into three figures, why not consider some cheaper options. Retro photography is becoming more on trend once again so why not explore the world of Holga and Lomography. Fisheye lenses for smartphones can be purchased for very little money and can transform an Instagram shot from ordinary to 1960s-esque extraordinary. Alternatively, you could choose to pick up a WiFi speaker for your gadget obsessed friend. Amazon Echo Dots are relatively cheap and can revolutionise the way they use Google, listen to music or need to find out what the weather is like on any particular day.
For The Person Who Has Everything
Sometimes it can be ridiculously tricky to think of a gift for someone. This tends to be true of the older relatives amongst us. Asking your parents what they would like to see under the tree on Christmas morning often results in a, ‘Just having our family with us is all we need,’ sort of a response which doesn’t help anyone. Instead, you are on your own, and you need to think for yourself. What sort of gift can you purchase for the people who have it all?
Instead of thinking about a physical gift, you should think about the sort of experiences that your parents like to enjoy. Perhaps they love going to the opera, heading to the theatre or even venturing to the racetrack to partake in a spot of horse race betting. Whatever they love to do, you can facilitate a special trip somewhere by purchasing them an experience gift voucher. You could gift them anything from a helicopter flight to a bungee jump and from a wine tasting weekend to a waterskiing introductory lesson. Sometimes, the best gifts are those that help us make memories. While your gift experience certificate won’t be much to look at come Christmas morning, it can certainly be the most thoughtful, imaginative and worthwhile for the recipient.
A gift experience can suit all types of people. It doesn’t matter whether your dad is a speed demon, an adrenaline junkie, a culture vulture or a gin connoisseur, you will be able to source the ideal experience to suit his needs.
Giving presents at Christmas time is one of the highlights of any year. While it’s lovely to receive presents for ourselves, there is nothing more special than seeing a significant other unwrap your gift and be totally overwhelmed by what they see in front of them. If you select the perfect gift, you can experience this on Christmas morning. Next time you venture to the mall, head online or scour the shops, forget the generic gifts and look for something a little different. It doesn’t matter who you are buying for, you should be able to find them the ideal gift this festive season.