In part 1, we learned that chocolate never really fails, and that it is possible to buy an imaginative and fun cosmetic/gift set. But if you’re still stuck on one particular person, let us put forward some more suggestions you might find particularly useful.
5. Make something! If you have a particular talent or skill, you can always make something for them. But there are two rules for this; firstly, you actually have to be talented at that particular thing. Nobody wants amateurish, home-made jam pots sitting about their kitchen cupboard. Secondly, if you are known for your talent (be it cooking, dressmaking, sewing, knitting, building, woodwork), it’s probably worth asking that person what they want made. That way, you can almost guarantee they’ll like it, and they’ll be totally delighted that you put the time and effort in to make them something just for them.
6. Hampers. If you’re buying for parents or older people, hampers full of Christmas-themed food and drink can go down very well. They frequently contain unusual flavours, so people can try something new. But sometimes, a classic is just as good. Plus, they can keep the hamper and reuse it for picnics and other things in the future.
7. Toys are popular for babies, kids and teens. Walk into your local toy store, you’ll see gifts targeted at all ages and lifestyles. If you’re buying for someone between the ages of 8 and 13, do a quick google search to find out what’s all the rage with kids today. The craze may just be temporary, but if you buy the gift at the right time, they’ll be grateful to have something they can show off to all their friends!
8. Books. You really can find a book for everyone – if a person loves animals, there’s plenty of fiction about cute puppies and kittens that help people’s lives. If they’ve got a special interest, you can buy a book that will help them to learn more about that subject. Find a book on the web that’s got great reviews, or have a look at the book charts to see what people are buying. You can get lost for hours in a book, so make sure it’s a good book, something that’ll entertain them for hours.
9. Games. Computer games are also great, even if they don’t require as much brain power as reading. The most recent game trend is Fallout 4, but you can bet your bottom dollar there will be another one in a few months. If they love a particular game series, such as Tomb Raider or the Sims, buy them a game in that series. Many have expansion packs, which will really add to their game, and they’ll spend hours more on it. Their parents might not thank you, however.
10. Money. Be very careful with this one – it can come across as a bit rude in some circumstances. Only give someone money if you know them quite well, and know that money will be gratefully received, without insult. Usually, gift cards are a better option, as they’re like giving money but without seeming rude or brash.
There you have it! Hopefully, you don’t feel so stuck for ideas now, but if you want to not be stressed over Christmas it’s best to get buying things really quickly, as the rush is about to begin.
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