As the merriest part of the year is slowly approaching, we should start thinking about the presents that we are going give to our dearest ones for Christmas and New Year. Although we might know them very well, it is never an easy process and we always have to try to invent something new. Of course, this is not a must-do, but it is definitely nicer and more striking if we make an effort to surprise our beloved ones. Just imagine yourself in their skin and ask yourself whether you would like to get something for everyman or something chosen on the basis of customized shopping.
Prepare months in advance
Preparing a list of things that your closest relatives and friends have mentioned as something they would like to get is a smart thing to do. Naturally, it does not refer to each and every person you know, but rather only the ones for whom you cherish the highest affection. As you spend time with these people, always write down what they express as their wishes in the near future. That way you will always have several items listed for every person that you would like to surprise for the present-giving occasion. Beside that, it would also be smart to check a couple of days before you final decision if he or she has already bought or got that thing. If that is the case, you go for the second item on the list of potential gifts. Now the list will come in pretty handy.
Observe and ask
It is not embarrassing to ask your friends or relatives what they would like to get for this Christmas. Although the surprise factor is eliminated if you do so, you will not roam along the dead-end street of not knowing what to do. While the present might not be a surprise, you can make a larger effort when it comes to wrapping the thing. When it comes to packaging advice, you should always try to think back and remember what the target person likes and what is not his or her cup of tea. If that is a younger relative of yours or your friends’ child, you could make a wrapping out of magazine pictures of their favorite cartoon characters. Apart from that, you could take crayons and color a template wrapping, too. In case of adult present-recipients, you can always invent a creative idea, such as making a special decorative bag with some pictures of you two (or more) printed on it.
Emotional presents rule
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on valuable items which are only things, you can make a present that has an emotional value, which will serve as an additional bond for your friends or relatives and you. For instance, a photo-book with photos from your latest trip or summer holidays might be a nice way to tell someone how much you appreciate her or him. Photo-based presents in general represent effective and worthy presents that will always bring back memories of wonderful time you have had together.