How is it already the middle of December?! I seriously feel like we just left for our Thanksgiving vacation.
I’m honestly in such denial that Christmas is next week. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that we only have two people on our list that we’re done buying Christmas gifts for!! Now, for some of you, that might not be a big deal. Maybe you feed off the drama of waiting till the last minute, but that is SO not me! I’m the girl who usually has all of her shopping done well before Thanksgiving.
In my defense, this has also been the craziest year of our lives, from having our first baby, to me no longer working full time, to Phillip deciding to finally start his own business. Things have been nuts to say the least, and my usual Christmas planning went completely out the window.
Now that Christmas is almost a week away I have to accept reality. And I am bound and determined to get my Christmas shopping done, even if it kills me.
But trying to pick the perfect Christmas gift is probably one of the most daunting tasks of the season. The last thing anyone wants is to give a gift and find a look of disappointment on someone’s face. But if we’re being honest, some of the closest people in our lives are the hardest to shop for!
So keeping with our gift giving trend that we’ve had going on lately at ERR, here are my THREE, fool proof, ways to pick out the perfect Christmas gift for the special people in your life.
- Before you rush out to buy them any old thing, stop and think about what their interests are. If your brother in law is an outdoorsy guy, who wouldn’t know cashmere from cotton, maybe steer clear of your trendy stores and head over to your local sports shop where they have an amazing camping section. Think about what are their likes, their interests, and go from there. You might be surprised with what you come up with.
- Do they have a cause that they are very passionate about? See if there is a charity that will allow you to make a donation in their name. Sometimes the most meaningful gifts don’t even need a package.
- Look into something that is more of an “experience” gift: This can mean anything from an annual pass to a children’s museum for a whole family, to a date night basket full of redbox promo codes, popcorn and candies. Get creative and have some fun with this one.
The most important thing to remember is that its all about the thought behind the gift. I think most would agree that a gift that shows real effort behind it is much more special than the amount spent on it.
Have any ways that you use to make sure you pick out the perfect gift? Any great gifts you’ve given in the past that were an absolute hit? Leave me some inspiration in the comments.
Here’s to facing reality and getting the shopping done!