It was another time when Saint Nick was selling off all his earthly goods and telling about the joys of sharing. He never had to wait in a monstrous traffic jam, drive in the car for hours while searching for open parking space, or grapple with thousands of other shoppers at the mall.
Since then, finding the right Christmas gift has been even more stressful. The typical shopper will not stumble into shopping malls and department stores until a few weeks or even days before Christmas.
Finding the right Christmas gift rapidly becomes a science to research, observe, and teach. Often you get a cheat sheet, the notorious wish list. And then you have the amazingly fun ìsurprise meî Christmas gift requests to take out the red-striped thought cap (complete with bells).
Finding the niche
One special way to express your love for your family and friends is to make personalized and handmade Christmas gifts. Donít goes mad with tinsel and glue gun, and if used sparingly, sequins are perfect. You can quickly put together bath and body products, small decorative soaps, candles, and even a pair of slippers for ladies. Treatments including flavoured almonds, mixed nuts, and a selection of chocolate and candy can usually put a smile on his face.
Another smart idea for those contemplating personal Christmas presents is a calendar. You can make a photo collage, or choose different pictures per month. Most large office supplies stores now sell this service and other customized products like coffee mugs and mouse pads.
You’d like to do the project completely hands-on, certain computer programs can be purchased to create one-of-a-kind calendars. Everyone uses calendars, so it’s one Christmas present that won’t be missed.
Gift cards gained popularity as ìone size suits allî gift. You can pick store and quantity, and you’re good to go. If you’re not sure where the particular person on your shopping list likes shopping, many shopping malls now give gift checks that can be redeemed inside their walls at any store. You can also buy a Visa, Mastercard or American Express logo gift card. That your Christmas gift can be used everywhere and for something.