With the holidays just around the block, it’s time to take that credit card out of your wallet and head to the nearest shopping mall to do some New Year gift purchasing. Although December is a bit hectic with all the holidays and contant cookie baking you have to do, it’s still the most wonderful time of the year(if you believe the Andy Williams song) and it’s the perfect time to give back to your loved ones and show how much you appreciate having them in your life.
Sounds cheesy, right? Well, that might be the case, but the point is still the same—December is all about Christmas, looking back at what you’ve achieved in the previous months and starting fresh after December 31st.
However, sometimes it’s tricky deciding on the best gift, especially considering the fact that you have to buy something every year and it’s completely normal to run out of ideas at some point. The mistake many make when thinking about what to buy for their friends and family is that they always believe it has to be something big and usually with a high price tag. But, that;s not the case at all.
Even a small trinket can make somebody happy as long as there is some meaning behind it. Of course, you can always go for something a bit more extravagant but it will all depend on you. Just remember—there’s no pressure. Gift-giving shouldn’t be something that causes you stress, quite the opposite. So, if you want to find out what ideas we have in store for you, keep reading the text below.
One can never have too many books
When you can’t afford to travel somewhere, you can always dive into a good book and let it take you on a journey. It may sound as a bit of an exaggeration, but there’s definitely some truth to it. Nothing beats the feeling of picking up a good book and not being able to put it down for hours on end. That’s why it’s always a great idea to buy a book as a present and give it to your loved one.
As long as you know their preferences, you should be able to pick a book that will keep your close one’s attention and take their mind off of things. If you’re not sure which book to opt for, you might want to check out some of the reviews and see what’s currently trending.
If your friend or family member is more into the classics, then you can never go wrong with a timeless classic such as Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray or The Great Gatsby. These books are called timeless for a reason and you can make the book even more personal by writing a thoughtful note.
Giving the gift of time
If there’s one thing we all keep complaining about it’s the fact that we never seem to have enough time to do all the things we want to. Sometimes we just feel the need to slow down the pace and take things a bit easy. But, how do you choose a gift that helps someone appreciate time? Easy—you give them an elegant wristwatch that will remind them of the importance of slowing down and taking the time to relax and unwind. It’s something we all often forget and we need to be reminded of it from time to time.
When you go wristwatch shopping, it’s important to choose a quality brand, because you want a timepiece that will last for decades. That’s why a Swiss-manufactured watch is the one to go for. Naturally, these are a bit pricey and not everyone can afford one. The good news is, nowadays, you can find many pre-owned Rolex dealers who can help you find the ideal timepiece at a much lower cost. Plus, you can also engrave something special that’ll serve as a constant reminder of the special occasion.
Bake a delicious treat
As we’ve said, you don’t necessarily have to buy something. Instead, you can invest some effort and make something, or better yet, bake a delicious treat. Is there a cake your partner loves? Or do you have a friend who is a fan of savory cheese-packed sticks? And if you just happen to be a culinary prodigy, the task should be as easy as pie(no pun intended). On the other hand, if you’re not really an expert in the kitchen, you can always turn to the Internet for some tips and tricks on how to make something easily.
It will show your loved one that you took some time to make them something they like and they’ll definitely appreciate the gesture.
The bottom line
Hopefully, our short list has helped spark some ideas for your gift-shopping journey. As long as you don’t overthink it too much, you should be fine. It’s the thought that counts and just because a gift is expensive, it doesn’t make it the best gift in the universe.