A Guide to finding the right present this Christmas

Finding the right gift for someone can be difficult at the best of times. It can be hard to know what other people want. While the ideal present for you may not be another person’s wish, there are a few steps you can take to find the perfect gift for loved ones this Christmas.

Make a budget

Decide on a spending limit and stick with it. Preparing a list beforehand can help you to avoid overspending and splurging while shopping. Take note of the people you will buy presents for and assess if you can realistically afford it. Memorable gifts are not necessarily the most expensive. Shop around and look for the best bargains. Christmas is more than just presents.

Buy it online

Consider online retailers when choosing the right presents this festive season. You can compare prices for the best deal, browse a wide range of stores and have items delivered direct to your door all from the comfort of your own home. Make sure you order early to avoid disappointment. Make use of special offers and discounts during the holiday season. You may be surprised how much cheaper online products can be.

Choose a voucher

Selecting the right gift for someone takes time, patience and some retail savvy. Take the hassle out of Christmas shopping and buy them a voucher instead. That way they can spend it on what they want, when they want. Think of what the person is interested in, where they usually like to shop and get them a gift card or voucher that they can use to spend in store.

Think outside the box

Pick something out of the ordinary, a gift that you wouldn’t usually choose. Maybe they would prefer an experience rather than a physical gift. Perhaps they would like to be taken out to a restaurant, have a fancy meal or go on holiday if that is what you can afford. Go for the less obvious option, the alternative. You might be lucky enough to discover something unexpected and memorable. Try to spot what is missing in their life and think of how a present might fill that gap.

Make your own gift

Handmade presents can come in all shapes and sizes and if you are artistically inclined, this can be the perfect outlet for your creative talent. Making something from scratch shows the person you care by putting in time and effort to please them this Christmas. Your hard work will be appreciated and it will be a memorable gift.

Just ask

If all else fails, try asking the person outright what they would like for Christmas. Usually they will be more than happy to tell you. This takes the guesswork out of getting someone a gift and ensures they will actually receive something they like. If they don’t want to tell you, claim they have everything or just don’t know, then at least you can say you tried.

Don’t be hard on yourself if you do not manage to get what they had wished for. The imperfect gift can turn out to be a talking point. Laugh it off and enjoy the festivities. The person is unlikely to hold it against you if you don’t find the right gift. Most of all enjoy the experience. Christmas is for fun, family and friends. Make the most of your time with them and have a happy holiday.