Gift-giving can be daunting. Maybe this year, you’re tempted to cancel it all together. We’re living in an age where people have access to almost anything they could want right at their fingertips. The reality is, most people are hard to shop for these days because most people are not wanting for retail resources. It’s easy to buy any old thing just to check a person off your list. It’s easy to buy something from their favourite shop. And, yeah, they’ll probably like it well enough. But the best holiday presents are the ones no one else would think of. The ones that they didn’t even know they wanted. The ones that cause that face of pleasant surprise. But, how do you buy a gift like that? How do you buy a gift for your child’s teacher who you’ve only really met once in a parent conference? How do you buy for your in-laws who always say they don’t want any gifts this year? Here’s our tips for buying for those people you’ve been putting off getting a gift for.
Money isn’t everything in gift giving. In fact, it’s really anything. Gorgeous and thoughtful gifts can easily sit under $50, and over-the-top expensive gifts can wind up falling flat. For some people on your list, it is appropriate to spend more. For most, like the teachers and grandparents, a small but well-thought out gift will save everyone from embarrassment. Decide who it is that you want to spend $50 or less on and who you want to spend $100 or less on and leave the more expensive gifts for those closest to you.
Try for teachers:
If you need to buy a gift for the teachers in your life try a handmade lip balm for women – this gift is special because most teachers won’t spend extra money on body care products for themselves, but would cherish receiving them. Plus, it will only set you back about $15. For men try a scented candle. Gifts with utility are always received well and some men would rarely buy a candle on their own.
Think outside the box
Try not to run off to the nearest Westfield or shopping precinct to finish off your festive shopping. No one wants to get a lovely gift and find out after Christmas lunch that Linda from next door got the same exact bracelet. Shopping small and supporting local designers and makers is an easy way to ensure that your gift is one of a kind. Or, at least one of a few.
Try for grandparents:
For grandma try a necklace from a local designer. If your family has been in the same location for a while, grandma will appreciate the nod to her home town. For grandpa, try an artisan solid cologne. The ease of use and unique quality of this gift make it a perfect fit.
Think of them
Perhaps the most important thing to consider when you buy a gift is who you’re buying for. Do they love interiors? Get them a special art print. Do they love entertaining? Get them a playful cheese board. Are they really picky? Just get them a gift card and be done with it. You get the idea. Take the time to think about the person on the receiving end of the gift so you can choose something that won’t end up in the re-gift pile.