I like to think of myself as a good gift giver; people have complimented me in the past for my ideas. When I give a gift, I want it to show that I put lots of thought and effort into what I have bought. It can take a lot of time to discover that perfect present for someone, but it’s always worth it in the end. My job is complete when I see the joy on the recipients face as they open their well thought out gifts.
I recently started my Christmas shopping, so I’m guessing a lot of you have started as well. I do most of my shopping online because there are endless amounts of gifts to choose from, and so I don’t have carry bags and bags of stuff around in the cold.
I, of course, want to share my ideas with you and give you a little bit inspiration. Everything in this post is suitable for male and female so you can find a gift for all of your loved ones- even that person who is REALLY hard to buy for!
One Line A Day Book
I bought one of these books for myself at the start of the year after hearing about them. You write down a few lines every day about what you have been up to- it’s a five memory book. It would be an excellent gift for a sentimental person who likes to write things down and keep track of their memories. There are a few different variations of this book on Amazon; you can even buy one from Wilko for only £2.50 (the purple one).
Their Favourite Fragrance/A New Fragrance To Try
I know this seems like an obvious present for someone, but hear me out. As we all know, fragrances can be expensive; we don’t all have the luxury of being able to buy one for ourselves whenever we like. I personally love to receive it as a gift, especially for Christmas. You can buy your recipient their favourite fragrance, or buy one they’ve never had before, so it reminds them of you when they wear it. At Chrismas, you can pick up fragrance gift sets to make it extra special.
Photo Album Complete With Pictures
Gifting a photo album is probably the most thoughtful thing you can give to someone, especially if it is prefilled with pictures. As it is Christmas time, why not fill an album with pictures from past Christmases? You can leave spaces so your recipient can continue to fill it up over the years. I think it’s precious to have photo’s you can hold in your hands, instead of just viewing them on a screen. There are lots of different photo album designs to choose from to suit your loved ones.
Create Your Own Hamper
You can buy ready made hampers, but it’s difficult to find one that suits the recipient perfectly; I find there’s always a couple of items I know they won’t use. You can put together a hamper for anyone as you can tailor make it just for them, and you can set yourself a budget. Empty hampers and wicker baskets are readily available on the internet; they come in all shapes and sizes. It is easy to put together a traditional food and drink hamper, or you can make one based on their interests and hobbies.
Personalised Framed Print
In my opinion, personalisation makes a house a home. If you know someone who has recently moved into a new house, buying them a personalised framed print would be a smashing gift for them. My favourite place to purchase prints from is a website called Not On The Street– you will find 100’s of prints to choose from, a lot of them can be customised. Without a doubt, you’ll be able to find one for anyone as there is so much choice. A print can be treasured on a wall forever.
Buy An Experience
There is a website called Buy A Gift; they specialise in experience gifts. So instead of buying a material gift, you can buy your loved one an experience with a promise of making memories. On the website, they claim to have 4,500 to choose from, so there really is something for everyone! Once you have picked your gift, you can select to have an e-voucher e-mailed to you (perfect for last minute!), or a presentation box sent in the post. Apart from my picks below, I also love the dining and days out experiences.
Travel Money For An Upcoming Trip
This is a good one if you don’t know what to buy for someone. If you know someone who is travelling abroad soon, why not gift them some foreign currency to spend on their trip? As an added bonus, you could present their money inside a passport holder. It is an excellent idea to gift a passport holder because it will remind the person of you whilst they are away. If you can afford to, buy a leather one so it will last for years.
There are quite a lot of generic gifts you can buy for people such as bags, scarfs, wallets, jewellery etc.- they are all very nice, but not very personal. Shout out goes to Not On The Highstreet again for their vast selection of customisable goods. So if you are looking to buy an item like a wallet or necklace, it’s worth getting it personalised to make it extra special. Prices are varied to suit your budget. I really love the scarf that is pictured below, I think the initials are a nice touch.
Journal Of A Lifetime Book
These are such precious little books. I stumbled upon these last year, so I gifted them to my family for Christmas. They are basically memory journals; once you have passed the book on, the recipient will have to fill the book in, and gift it back to you once complete. Each book contains 60 questions to be answered about their life and their relationship with you. They can be purchased on the Journals Of A Lifetime website, or on Amazon.
Nothing says thoughtful like a homemade gift, especially if you are on a budget. If you have a skill, why not use it to make a gift? If you haven’t got a distinct skill, why not learn one? All you’ve got to do is go to Pinterest to search for DIY Christmas gift inspiration. One thing that always goes down well is homemade baked gifts- need I say more?! You could gift a selection of yummy goods and provide little recipe cards so they can be recreated. You can also make homemade soap and candles, or even give knitting a go.