{ How to Find the Perfect Christmas Gift for Everyone }

How to Find the Perfect Christmas Gift for Everyone

So….how’s your Christmas shopping going? (You can’t hear it but I’m saying that with a hint of sarcasm). Have you found gifts for everyone? My guess is that you haven’t and are probably feeling a little bit panicked because Christmas is fast approaching and there are probably a few people on your list that you have no clue what to buy for them.

Well, it’s your lucky day, because I’m here to help you think outside the box a little so that you can find the perfect Christmas gift for everyone.

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Christmas time can be stressful enough as it is, the task of finding the perfect gift can feel daunting and overwhelming. But worry not my friend, it doesn’t have to be a stressful process. With a bit of thought and preparation, you can be equipped with the right tools to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, whether they have been naughty or nice.

Growing up, we didn’t celebrate Christmas. I’ve only been celebrating Christmas with my hubby’s family and I have to say, I love it. The cheeriness, the lights, the twinkles, the decorations, the general mood during the holidays is truly magical. But I can also see the more stressful side of Christmas. One of which being the pressure of trying to find the perfect gift for everyone and the cost associated to having to buy gifts for so many people.

But why make it more stressful?! What if I told you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list?

I’m here to teach you the art of giving gifts so that you can find the perfect gift for everyone. There’s a way to give the ‘perfect’ gift, whatever your budget might be. You just have to give yourself a bit of time and use your brainpower to figure it out.

A gift isn’t about the price tag of what you are giving. A gift is more importantly about the meaning and thought put into it. It’s a gesture to show that you thought of the person, about what they like, about who they are and about what makes them happy. Follow along these steps and you will find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

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{ Step 1 | Make your list }

Who will be getting a gift this year? Start by making a list of the people in your life that you would like to buy a Christmas gift for.

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You can also be creative with the list and include friends and acquaintances that could use a little cheer. For example, I like to give gift cards to the people handing out the newspaper in the subway, or even to our local baker. They ‘take care’ of you throughout the year and you sometimes have daily or weekly interactions with them. I’m all about spreading the joy during the holiday season.

This is something that I’d like to do on a more regular basis because I think it’s important to be mindful about spreading the joy throughout the year and not only during the Christmas, but this discussion is for another time. Let’s get back to Christmas gifts for now!

{ Step 2 | Set your budget }

Giving the perfect gift is not only about the person receiving the gift, but it’s also about sticking to your budget. There should be a balance between finding the perfect gift and making your loved one happy while also not stretching yourself beyond your financial means.

Would your close friend or family want you to be stressed out over money because you maxed out your credit card or put yourself in debt? Doubtful (and if yes, then you should question that relationship…)

The first step in figuring out the perfect gift is to set a budget. Figure out how much you can spend and determine how much will be allotted to each person as a general point of reference. Give yourself a bit of margin to maneuver if possible, but this will just help you in deciding what to buy and what to put back on the shelf.

** Bonus tip – I would encourage to start thinking about your budget ahead of time so that you can putting a bit of money aside. This will help alleviate the financial aspect buying gifts.

And remember that the value of the gift is in the thought and effort behind it, not the price tag.

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{ Step 3 | Think about the person }

When you think of a person on your list, what do they like? Do they have a hobby? What do they do in their free time? Is there something they need right now, like a sweater or new boots? What do they enjoy? Music? Going to a show? Spending time with family? Do they like to bake? What’s their personality type? What makes them happy?

Asking yourself these questions will start getting your creative juices flowing so that you can figure out a gift that will cater to that person.

This step might not be done in one sitting, but at least if you start thinking about it, it will be at the back of your mind and you might get inspired at some point in time!

** Bonus tip: I have a notes saved on my phone where I jot down gift ideas for friends and family throughout the year. If I think of an idea, I’ll write it down so that if ever I need inspiration, I’ll already have a bit of inspiration. I don’t do this only around Christmas time but I try to pay attention when I spend time with them and if something they say or do gives me an idea for a gift, I write it down.

{ Step 4 | Think outside the box }

When you’re thinking of gift ideas, be creative and think outside the box.

If they like books, is there a new book that just came out that they might not know about. Or a fun book subscription you can get. Or if they enjoy reading on the couch, a throw to make them cozy, cozy socks to keep their feet warm, a new mug to enjoy a cup of tea while they read?

Think outside the box – take one or two ‘activities’ that they enjoy and think of related products that could be used related to that.

You can also give a practical gift – maybe someone needs a new sweater or gloves. If you don’t feel comfortable buying a sweater because you don’t know what size or style to get, then get a gift card for their favourite store, and write a card with it to explain your gift! The person will see that 1) You were aware they wanted a new sweater and 2) You know what store they like!

{ Step 5 | Shopping time! }

Once you have your list ready, start shopping. Strategize which stores to go to where you can find a greater selection at a reasonable price (I’m looking at you Marshalls and TJ Maxx). I generally like to start shopping at least 2-3 months before Christmas because it gives me more time to think things through, to find the best price but also the perfect gift.

I would even suggest to start Christmas mid-summer. I know it sounds crazy but think about it, if you see something that you know someone would love, why not get it then and spare yourself the headache later? Not only does it cross off one more person off my gift list, but it also spreads out the expense so that it doesn’t all happen at the same time. My credit card thanks me for it every year.

{ Self-Love Lesson }

Be confident enough to stick to your budget and trust that the thought behind the gift has more value than the gift itself. A thoughtful gift will make someone feel more loved because you took the time to think about them and find a perfect that they would enjoy, regardless of the price tag on it.

And at the end of the day, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones and being grateful for a special time in the year.

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Deanna

I always make lists and think about my gifts way ahead of time! I’ll admit I don’t set a budget as often as I should, but that’s mostly because I don’t mind spending a lot on my friends and family. I usually pick a theme for each person – for example, this year I decided to go with what everybody is passionate about. Other years I’ll pick cozy things as a theme or warmth or hand-made. Whatever strikes my fancy!

Lovely post as usual 🙂
Deanna
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Sepideh

That’s amazing Deanna! You sound so organized and on top of it!! Good for you!!!!

Thank you for the support and encouragement <3

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Viktoria

Great tips! I love giving gifts, it makes me so excited and happy just thinking about what to get for each loved ones. I think people find gift giving stressful because they don’t take the time to sit down and really think about the person, as you said. I like either a practical (get something they need) or the luxury approach (something they really want). Either way, it has to be very personal and well though out. And setting a budget is a must!
Viktoria
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Sepideh

You’re so right Viktoria!! With a bit of thought, it can be a lot less stressful to find the right gift!

I love your strategy – practical or luxury – I’m going to use that!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Deanna

I love being creative with gift giving! Everyone knows I hate giving money or gift cards as gifts. That’s too easy and not special enough to me. I love giving my friends and family gifts that I know they’re truly love. Things that are specific to each person. Usually something I see in the store that just reminds me of them! I like the idea of keeping a list of possible gift ideas as they come to your head. I’ll have to try that this year 🙂

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Sepideh

Having a running list throughout the year really helps a lot!!

To be honest, I don’t mind gift cards, as long as they’re also thought out and maybe go with something else (i.e. someone loves coffee.- so a Starbucks gift card and a traveling mug!)

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Cait

oh my gosh i love this and esp when im just overwhelmed with what to get everyone ha! thanks for this!

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Brooke

Great tips! It should always be personal while maintaining a budget. I’ll definitely be using this outline while shopping this year!

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Becky @ Disney in your Day

I do my Christmas shopping all year long – that way if I see something I know a certain person would love, I can grab it and just store it until it’s time and I know I have something good!

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Sepideh

That’s such a good way of doing because not only do you get things that you know they will like but you’re also ‘spreading out’ the expenses over the months!

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Rachel

Great tips! I can’t wait to start shopping for everyone on my list! I definitely need to do some research on gift ideas!

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alexandra @ my urban family

Good tips! I always have lists upon lists this time of the year. Then the tricky part is not losing the lists haha

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Kait Around The Kingdom

These are such great tips! It’s definitely about that time to start looking into this! 😍

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