Thursday, November 4, 2010

How to Choose the Right Christmas Gifts

By Jo Alelsto

Christmas is a time for joy and a time for giving. It is during this holiday season that we enjoy giving and receiving gifts to and from our loved ones. Moreover, every child looks forward to receiving gifts this Christmas. Thus, it would be wonderful for each and everyone of us to choose and give the perfect christmas gift idea to people who are important to us.

First, list down the name of persons included in your gift giving and then set a budget for each person. It is good to plan ahead of time so as to avoid the holiday rush. If by chance you see an item on sale even months before December and you think it would make a great gift for a friend then by all means buy that item if you have the money.

Next, figure out what is the interest of the person who will be receiving the gift. Is the person interested in books, music, sports, photography, jewelry, cologne or food? If you are not quite sure then try to ask someone who knows the person very well.

You can also ask the person directly if there is anything he needs or wants to have. Be discreet in doing this so as not to give the person a hint that you're planning to give him a present, otherwise you will lose the element of surprise.

Now if you still have enough time and have the materials needed then you can decide to make those perfect Christmas gifts yourself. It gives you a feeling of great satisfaction to know that you are able to please a friend or a family member with a christmas gift basket you personally made.

On the other hand, if you don't have the luxury of time to make the gift then you can buy them online or shop at a local store. Always be on the look out for discounts and bargains. Look for inexpensive gifts without ignoring the quality as well. Do your shopping on weekdays preferably on daytime to avoid crowded parking spaces and long queues.

If you are buying gifts for children make sure that it is safe and appropriate for the kid's age. Avoid toys that are distracting and predisposed to violence. Consider buying children's books or clothes instead of toys. Books will encourage kids to love reading. Pick those that have colorful pictures or those that feature their favorite cartoon characters. In buying clothes for kids, always choose a larger size. Parents will greatly appreciate your effort in this one since with children they have to constantly buy them larger clothes for they are always growing.

However, if you are not sure what to choose then you can opt to give money or gift certificates. Some people appreciate this kind of gifts though they may seem less personal. You can give them a wallet with money inside to make it a bit personal. You can also buy gift certificates great for facial, massage or pedicure at a neighboring spa to pamper your family and friends.

But more than the material needs and wants nothing beats the gift of time and presence you can give your loved ones during this holiday season. You are always caught up with work the whole year round and this is the best time of the year to get that much deserved timeout with your family. Spend Christmas with your family in the beach, get away to a tourist destination over the weekend or treat them to a nice meal in a warm and friendly restaurant.

It is quite a challenge for each and every one of us to choose the perfect Christmas gift for the persons we have in mind. But one thing is for sure, all those worries and unnecessary stress are nothing compared to that big smile you see on their faces the moment they get your Christmas gifts.

Jo is an author and publisher who writes content for the 'Crazy Fancy Dress', - one of the most extensive collections of fancy dress costumes online. If you plan to buy a hat or cap for your Christmas presents then you should check out Crazy Fancy Dress.

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