Deciphering the Code for the Perfect Holiday Gift
Dear Tearing through the Mall in Vain,
Do not fret! The holidays bring a new stress to everyone involved and finding the perfect gift for someone is a big part of it. Many questions cloud the mind before going shopping, such as, “How much do I spend?”,“Will they like this?”,“I hardly know this person; what do I get them?!”, “Does this seem thoughtful enough?”, “Is this too cheap?”, “How do I begin?” All of which I hope you find the answers to in this response. Gift shopping is no easy feat, but I guarantee this will make the process easier for you.
Beginning with the price, if you are gifting to someone you do not know well, I suggest a $15-$20 price range. However, if you are close to him or her, I recommend a $20-$30 price range. By no means do you need to spend this amount of money; it all depends on what you can afford.
does not already have, or what they might need to improve their daily tasks. However, a practical present might not be what you’re looking for. You can also try to get gifts that are their favorite things. It will make them feel as though you know almost everything about them and that you have a close relationship with each other.
If this is not your forte, you can make something homemade. Homemade gifts are not only less expensive, but they also have more sentimental value. This does not mean making a booklet of coupons for “free hugs” or “one free chore.” Once you have aged past fifth grade these booklets begin to lose their cuteness. By homemade I mean a present that the receiver could not only appreciate and never throw away, because you made it, but also one they could use, or display. For example, if your mother is a hardcore candle burner, you could create a chic candle holder out of a mason jar. You can check out the Art & Entertainment & Reviews page on the October edition to see an example. Otherwise, social media sites such as Pinterest have a variety of D.I.Y. gift ideas.
If this still is not what you are looking for, why not take them out on a date? By no means does it need to be romantic, or “lovey dovey”. This date could be a trip out shopping together followed by a nice dinner. It could be ice skating in a park, laser tag, or a trip to the movies. This is a nice treat that the receiver will always remember you having done for him or her.
If after reading this you still have not found an idea for a gift, it is perfectly acceptable to ask someone else for advice. You could ask someone that is closer to the gift receiver, what they would consider a good gift is. Remember if you are not close to the person you are giving a gift to, to keep in mind a card with a gift of money, a gift card to their #1 store, or something that is known to be their favorite. If you are giving a gift to someone you know well, analyze him or her. You should consider their wants and/or needs and either make them something, buy them something, or take them somewhere. I truly hope you find the best gifts for the holidays!