It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say. The nights have started to get a little colder, fireplaces are getting stoked up, Christmas trees are being adorned with magical lights and presents are starting to appear underneath. However, the festive season can start to become a little stressful when you have an array of gifts to buy your nearest and dearest and you have no idea what to choose. The pressure of gift-giving can be immense. While cash is an obvious option, this lacks thought, effort and any sense of willingness to understand the personality of a relative or friend.
It’s vital that you don’t get too hung up on the gift-giving and try to enjoy the festive season. Mince pies and mulled wine are there for the taking, and you should enjoy eating, drinking and being merry. Take a look at these gift ideas to help inspire your present purchases this year.
All Things Floral
For those relatives and pals with green fingers or for those people we know who adore interior design, there can be no better or more innovative gift than a tropical flowers monthly club. By purchasing this sort of subscription for your mom, sister, niece or friend, they can enjoy the freshest flowers, the most beautiful colorful bouquets and the most gorgeous stems delivered directly to their door. For people who love flower arranging, this is the perfect gift and is a real gift that keeps on giving. Forget the generic sophisticated arrangement of roses and opt for a monthly gift of the most special bouquets. Your friend or relative can then enjoy adorning their home with the most stunning lavender, red and yellow leis.
Sometimes a physical gift isn’t the answer to your present dilemma. Older relatives like mums, dads and grandparents are quite elusive when you ask them what they would like for Christmas. “I have everything I need,” is their response. Or, “Just having my family around me is like a gift at Christmas,” comes the reply. While this sentiment is all too noble, it’s only right that you purchase them something to show how much you appreciate their love and support. Instead of opting for a wrappable gift, choose an experience.
It doesn’t matter what your parents are into, there’s some sort of experience that will cater to their interests. If they adore adrenaline-inducing activities, a bungee jump could be on the cards. If they adore a tipple or two, how about a tour of a vineyard and some wine tasting. If they love nothing more than culinary extravaganzas, they’ll be a taster menu on offer at the newest Michelin starred restaurant in town. Just because your present underneath the tree won’t be the largest, sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages.
Ok, so this is a physical gift, but it is also the sort of gift that will evoke memories for years to come. Whether you are searching for a gift for a male relative or female friend, there can be a piece of jewelry that will suit them.
Dog tags for men, engraved with a significant date such as an anniversary, when their firstborn arrived into the world or their birthday can be a sentimental offering. For your loved one, why not consider an eternity ring, a necklace, and earrings set or even a charm bracelet. This sort of jewelry is perfect as you can continue adding to it over the years; each charm can signify a significant life event.
Alternatively, look into purchasing a watch. The latest gadgetry means that your watch can connect to a smartphone, tell you how many calories you have burned in a day and how many steps that you have taken. Or perhaps you’d rather go down the retro route and gift a vintage Casio calculator watch from the 1980s.
Christmas time is stressful enough as it is. You might be hosting the family this year, cooking for a dozen people or organizing the local Carol service. These are stressful enough events as it is! You need to enjoy the Christmas holidays as much as the next person. So, put your feet up, complete your Christmas card list, get the food order in and start decorating your Christmas tree. Soak up the ambiance and try not to allow the pressure to get to you. Take the hassle out of gift-giving and use this guide to inspire your present giving this festive season.