Choosing gifts for Christmas can sometimes be difficult. Depending on the size of your family you might have a lot of gifts to buy, and if you buy presents for your friends as well, then things can start to feel overwhelming. Here is a quick guide to help you pick some great last minute gifts for those difficult to buy for friends and family.
Personalized items are an excellent choice because they are specific to that person. Having some personalized turns an otherwise reasonably uninteresting gift into something unique and memorable. You might choose to get a t-shirt with someone’s favorite quote on, or you might decide to get that friend of your who loves coffee a personalized mug with a funny message printed on the side. There are a lot of choices when it comes to customizing and personalizing gifts, and there are very few limits on what you can put on them, too. If you know someone likes a particular thing or needs something such as a notebook, then getting them a personalized on can be a lovely gift. If you are struggling for ideas, then look into getting something personalized.
These days the choice of what kind of entertainment to buy someone is more extensive than ever. From books to films and TV, to video games and music there is so much choice that at first, it can seem overwhelming. However, if you break down what a person likes, then you will be able to choose an excellent gift. Think about what their favorite TV show is, and if they love Game of Thrones for example, then you might want to buy them one of the multi-season box sets. These aren’t as expensive as they used to be, so can make for a great present that won’t feel unfair to other people. If the person you are buying for enjoys playing video games, then you should find out what consoles they have. If they have a PlayStation 4, for example, then you could buy them a game for that platform. Just be sure to check what they already own and then buy something in that vein.
Chocolates are a staple of Christmas and make a common occurrence when giving gifts. However, you don’t need to rely on boring, ordinary chocolates. Instead, you can get special Christmas chocolates or visit a chocolatier and get something specially made, and that has more depth than a regular milk chocolate bar. If you are buying for a whole family, then boxes of chocolates are still a solid choice as they will have something for everyone. However, if you have friends or family members who love chocolate and trying different ones, then you could be adventurous and get something like chili chocolate or ones with other unusual flavors.
It feels like there is a new piece of technology release every day, and to a certain extent that is true. If you know someone who loves gadgets and all things tech, then getting something in that area won’t steer you wrong. However, if you know that a person needs a specific item, then that could be even better. For example, if they love books but don’t have an e-reader then a Kindle is an excellent choice. You don’t have to splash out on a Kindle Fire for them to get something that they will love. If you have family who would benefit from being more connected to the internet, then getting them a smartphone or tablet can help you to contact them easier and for them to feel more involved in your lives. These kinds of gifts are great for older parents and grandparents. For younger people, a VR headset for their phone could be an excellent choice as it is a fascinating piece of technology that will let them use their phones in an entirely new way. It also has the added benefit that you can have a quick go on Christmas day, too.
Clothes might seem like a boring choice, but we aren’t talking about getting plain black socks or anything like that. Instead, you might have seen them mention liking a specific thing like a new coat or pair of slippers, and this is where you can swoop in and get them their perfect gift. Clothes can be a little tricky if you aren’t sure about sizes, so it is always best to keep the receipts in case you get it wrong. However, it could be exactly what they wanted.
Practical gifts are hard. They walk that line between a lovely present and something a person might have just bought themselves. However, for the right person, they could be perfect. If you know someone who has just moved out and is living away from home for the first time, kitchen items can be fabulous. You can skip things like pots, pans, and plates and instead focus on the extra things that are non-essential. Stuff like a coffee maker for that person who loves their morning coffee or a slow cooker for a person who never wants to cook their meals. Slow cookers are great because you just pop a load of ingredients in a dish, plug it into the mains, add some spice and leave on all day while you are college or work. Then when you get home, you have a delicious meal that required barely any effort.
Gift cards should be your last resort. You’ve gone through everything else and can’t think of what to get a person, but you know they like a certain shop. If this is the case, and only then, should you get them a gift card.