It’s this time of the year again and you have to buy a few presents to those important people in your life, whether it’s your parents, your other half, a sibling or a friend. Now, if you are like me, you haven’t yet bought the presents and it’s only like 7 days till Christmas. Well, don’t panick! There’s always some time left and remember what they say «It’s the thought that counts!». So, if you’re really stuck and don’t know what to get for your loved ones, take a look at my suggestions and a little plan on how to make your choices.
You need to take into consideration a few things such as
- your budget! It’s the basis, because without it there will be no presents at all.
- your time! You can’t decide to go for shopping and spend a lot of hours wondering around in shops desperately seeking for a present.
- the meaning of each present! Ok , you may not have a lot of money, but you can’t buy something meaningless (and let’s face it, stupid) just because you’re low on cash.
Once you have figured out how much money you will spend on presents, you could maybe make a list of the names you will be buying gifts for and next to each name write a possible idea for a gift or a hobby they have, a book they mentioned they wanted to read, a pc game they want to play. You get the point!
Now, my suggestions for presents are the following:
A perfume or a scented lotion
You can never go wrong with a perfume especially with women! But, don’t attempt to buy a perfume for someone you don’t know that well or what he/she likes.
For the ladies, a new edition of Frowerbomb by Victor&Rolf is out for this Christmas! And, The Body Shop has released again this year, as usual, its festive limited editions of Spiced Vanilla, Cranberry and Orange. Prefer Spiced Vanilla, it’s a safe choice.
For the lads, a gift box with a pefume and an after shave would be the best. Choose a clasic scent like Cool Water by Davidoff .
A book about a favourite hobby
Yes, ok, some people can have weird hobbies or no hobbies at all! But, if you know that someone is really interested in something, getting them a book about it would be the best. For example, if your mother loves cooking Italian or Spanish food or just cooking for that matter you should get her a related cooking book. I heard the new Jamie Oliver book is out!!!
A classic DVD for the cinemaniac
This one is my category! I love films and love going out to the cinema or catching a film on dvd back at home with some pop corn. And you have a lot of possible choices. Remember again to think about favourite films mentioned or recent releases that have not yet been purchased. But be careful! Don’t buy them something you think they will probably already own (or you know they own it). Also, you could buy them a classic Christmas film, which is ideal for this holiday. Personal choices? Home Alone and Love Actually.
A box set for the TV show addict
This is a good choice as well if you know someone who is addicted to his/her favourite show! Apart from the classic Friends and LOST, perhaps you could choose The Vampire Diaries for the ladies (or guys) and Mad Men for your macho guy friends!
A subscription to their favourite magazine
It’s not a gift they will immediately recieve, but they will most definately appreciate! Look around for a magazine they read (and you know they don’t subscribe to) and pay for an annual or 6-month subscription!
A spa treatment
This present would be amazing for someone who is tired all the time due to work or other responsibilities. The choice of treatments is up to you.
A book with love poems
For your someone special you could buy a book with love poems by the famous Pablo Neruda. His collection of poems is passionate and emotional and sure to make happy your loved one if they like poetry or are romantic.You have two options, however. Buy the original and spanish version or the translated one in english. If you ask me, the original work cannot be translated…
Now, after you decide what you’re going to get for everyone write it next to their names on the list you have made.
Next, if you want your presents to have a nice packaging you could buy the equipment and do it yourself.
Happy Holidays and good shopping!