Hello folks of the Internet,
Are you in a festive mood yet? I'm a very Christmassy person but I only fully experience the spirit of Christmas once December kicks in and the tree is up. I know people in the States start the festivities a little sooner because of Thanksgiving and frankly, I'm a little jealous.
It's truly the most wonderful time of the year. There's such a positive aura surrounding everything and anything Christmas-related that I just want to bask in all of it. The most important thing though is the act of giving and caring. It's not just about religion, it's a mindset. Christmas is the time to be kind (well to be honest, any time is the time to be kind). It's the time to be a little more thoughtful and a little less selfish. Everyone can benefit from this mentality and outlook, no one can lose.
Giving and receiving gifts is a very special tradition in my family. We have a whole ritual we've held on to for years and that I look forward to every December. The buying process on the other hand can become a little stressful. Sometimes you just get stuck, it happens to all of us. So yet again, Internet comes to the rescue.
In this year's gift guide I decided to do little separate assortments that fit each style, depending who you're shopping for. Instead of grouping everyone together with the simple categorization being "for him" and "for her" I wanted to try to cater to different styles and tastes.
A few tips would include:
- Set a budget per person or per couple.
- Opt out of buying clothes and shoes, unless you know someone's size fully well or you know they want a particular item. A top or even a cardigan can pass, but pants, skirts and shoes are usually a no-go. Especially if said person isn't a very close relative or friend.
- Don't buy something just because you like it. You're not shopping for yourself but for someone else. Keep their needs and style in mind. It's easy to get a little carried away and get something you wish someone else got you.
- In the same spirit, don't overspend on things you're not sure they're gonna like. When someone's style is tricky to pin down, go for safe bets and keep the price reasonable (for your budget at least).
- While you may think that buying someone a lavish gift will please them, some people may feel uncomfortable because they can't offer a gift of equal value. You may not expect anything similar in return but they might feel obligated to. If you know someone's financial state is not on par with yours, try to stay in their lane, unless you know they're totally cool with receiving expensive gifts.
- Don't underestimate the DIY solutions readily available on Pinterest, blogs etc., they can be even more appreciated than store-bought ones, depends who you're giving to.
Hope my suggestions helped!