With Christmas quickly looming around the corner, it is that time of year again to begin thinking about what you are going to wrap up for your loved ones. While the Holiday Spirit is great, selecting gifts can be a bit more problematic, especially if you have been buying for the same person for years on end. In this post, we will go over three tips that will make your Holiday shopping much easier and a whole lot less stressful.
Quick note: When you are picking out a gift, it is important to take your relationship with the person into account. You will need to know what they like, what their hobbies are, and what kind of personality they have. For example, while dad may have enjoyed the wool jumper he got in 2016, he may not necessarily want clothes another year in a row.
Some questions to consider: Does the person you are buying for enjoy practical things? Novelty items? Sentimental gifts?
Once you have figured out the answer to those, it is time to find out what their hobbies/interests are then, armed with that knowledge, you can proceed to the steps below.
Reddit Gifts Section
The gifts subreddit is a fantastic place to get ideas from people from around the world. Around Christmas time, this section of one of the most popular sites on the planet is choc full of great suggestions and other gift-givers looking for advice. Friendly Redditors are more than willing to chip in their two cents, and if you ask politely, you will receive an influx of replies within hours.
To get the widest variety of advice, we suggest visiting the subreddit near the end of November, as that is when it will be most active.
Gift Idea Websites
The internet is full of websites that will give you plenty of ideas for what to buy your loved ones. The best ones often have lists based on personality and interest, where you can find anything from Pokemon gifts to lists of creative gift ideas for your boyfriend. We also recommend checking out the Amazon gift section, as they will show the top rated items that people have been buying throughout the year. Like Reddit, we recommend checking Amazon near the end of November, as more people will have been buying and there will be more of a selection to choose from.
Pinterest and Other Social Media
Checking up on the social media accounts of the person you are buying for may come off a bit creepy (lets face it we usually do it anyway), but can offer great insights when it comes to picking out a gift they will love. A status from a few months ago or a shared post about a certain product can get the creative sparks flying, and send you down the path for success. Pinterest in particular has a plethora of gift suggestions, and users will tend to have whole boards full of creative ideas. We recommend Pinterest for those who want to get a bit DIY and create something from scratch that will have a ton of sentimental value.