I may be known for mainly writing about travel, but I am not going to restrict what I want to write about on this blog, and I have written a few personal posts on this blog before. So today I am writing a Christmas Gift Guide! But slightly different to the ones you would usually find on blogs. Not that Christmas Gift Guides that are already out there are bad and useless – they are quite the opposite! It is just that there are loads out there, and personally, I would rather offer some advice on the gift buying process as a whole. I’ve linked my favourite gift guides below though as they can be very helpful and inspiring. However, writing a gift guide for people who enjoy travelling has been on my mind too, so maybe you’ll see that in the coming week or so…But for now, let’s get down to how to buy a present for anyone!
WHERE DO I START?
Firstly sit yourself down and answer these questions:
1. Who do I have to buy for?
2. How much money do I have?
3. How much time do I have?
Why? Because you want to know exactly who you have to buy for from the beginning. Halfway through December if you realise you have left someone or even a few people out, you may struggle. In regards to money, you really need to be in the know too. Do some people who are very close to you warrant larger gifts than others, and how much can you afford? You really don’t want to go all out on one person and then only have a few pence left for another… Finally, time is key. If you have lots of time you’ll be able to plan well in advance if you can order made-to-order, personalised or gifts from abroad. Whereas if you have little time you’ll have to sit down and create a plan of action of what to order from where and if you can get anything off the high street. What do I advise? To answer all these questions 1 month in advance at least, you do not have to start the buying this early but having a rough idea can really de-stress the festive period and your finances should be in order.
WHAT TO BUY?
At the bottom of this post, I have linked various gift guides in blog and vlog form for you! Although they are a great inspiration, do not these posts alone to buy gifts. If you want to be an amazing gift buyer, again you should prepare in advance. Look at your list of people and how much you are willing to spend and then sit down and really think: What are this person’s hobbies? What would they find useful? What would be really special for them to open? What would they love to own but would never buy themselves? Try to answer these questions and you should be on a roll. Instead of going to the shops and picking stuff up I think people would like, I usually opt for this approach as then I have something in mind. Of course, you are still free to change your mind and pick up things not in your original plan, but having an item in mind that you have really thought about can seriously make someone’s Christmas special.
WHERE TO BUY?
Now if you have an item in mind, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find it. Especially if it is something branded. So in regards to items like that, I have very little to offer you. However, if you are looking for something which is not by a specific brand, I suggest you go to Etsy. Etsy is a fantastic online store, it’s the handmade version of Amazon essentially. There are so many unique gifts to be found on there, plus you’ll most likely being supporting a small business, helping the owner enjoy their Christmas <3 Plus many sellers offer custom orders and personalisation – even better <3
There is my brief guide to buying gifts for people. Since it’s December 1st I guess you should start planning now if you have not already! I’ve linked my favourite gift guides below, please link yours in the comments if you have one- at the time of writing I know not everyone has written one for 2016!