Christmas gift ideas

Christmas gifts ideas are a pain. Sure, when the kids were babies, it was a pretty simple — and enjoyable — process, but as the years go by, finding a great Christmas gift idea becomes increasingly difficult.

This is especially true when you’re shopping for people who seem to have everything. How on earth are you supposed to pick out fantastic gifts when all you can think of is a gift card?

Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case this Christmas. Don’t let the whole thing get you down — just follow these simple tips and you’ll be the one everyone comes to when they want a Christmas gift idea next year.

1. Start early.

The number one problem people face when it comes to the perfect gift ideas for Christmas? Running out of time. This is doubly important if you want to do any sort of online or distance shopping, because you need to allow for shipping time (and getting lost in the mail, a customs mix up, and battling the Post Office over your forgotten ID).

The best things take time and planning, and Christmas gifts are no exception. Want to really wow them come Christmas morning? You should already be thinking of Christmas gifts by October at the latest. That way you also take a lot of the stress out of your shopping, and hopefully bring the fun back into it.

2. Become a superspy.

Sure, the easiest way to find out what someone wants is to ask — but where’s the fun in that? Launch a secret mission to find out everyone’s interests, likes, and dislikes. If we’re talking family members, sneak into their rooms while they’re out. Coworkers and friends might be creeped out if you do that, so try other tactics: noticing hobbies they discuss, talking to their friends, or glancing over their desks.

3. Don’t limit yourself to local stores.

The best ideas for Christmas gift magic are online. Don’t get me wrong: there may be some lovely stores in your neighborhood with great Christmas gift ideas, but there’s bound to be more selection on the Net.

Once you have a list of your recipient’s likes and hobbies, start an Internet search for items relating to that list. It’s amazing what people not only think of, but mass market and produce.

4. If all else fails, go whimsical.

Okay, you’ve tried these ideas and you’re still completely stuck for gift ideas. What now?

Here’s a plan: grab a stocking and stuff it with as many little gifts as you can think of. That way, you’re sure to find at least a couple they’ll enjoy! And who doesn’t like tokens such as inexpensive coffee gift cards, edible delights, and thoroughly useful things like batteries and hair combs?

It’s true: Christmas shopping can be fun again. When you know what you’re looking for, there’s nothing to it. So don’t hesitate: put on your detective’s cap and start hunting for great Christmas gifts ideas today.

 

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