Thursday , 23 November 2017

Find the Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your List

When you have a lot of different people to consider on your Christmas gift list, it can feel overwhelming. You need a gift for your boss that is good without being sycophantic. You also know that your beloved is expecting a special Xmas gift precisely because they are your beloved. Will you get it right this year? Our answer is a clear yes.

Whilst simply asking everyone on your list what they want may give you a couple of direct answers if you’re lucky, you can still find the perfect gift for everyone on you list without having to resort to buying the last, dented, box of luxury chocolates in the store. Keep reading our guide to find the perfect gift for everyone.
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You know everyone

Everyone on your list is someone known to you, even your secret Santa work colleague who you’ve rarely spoken with. For each person, write down a list of all the things you know they are interested in and ideas and things that define who they are. Make the list as long as you can. Time yourself to spend at least two minutes writing down as much as you can think of.

Next, take that list and brainstorm for items that match the ideas and things that you’ve decided have defined that person. Don’t worry how big or small it is at this stage, because at some point you’ll come across an idea for the perfect gift for that individual. You may have someone who has a degree in psychology, “dad-dances” to Purple Rain and is interested in reading. This year his special Xmas gift will be “Picturing Prince: An Intimate Portrait,” by Steve Parke giving deep, and often mind-blowing insights into a side of the artist rarely seen by fans. Other ideas for this person could have been a download compilation of the greatest hits by Prince, through to a framed print for his new home office. Ideas can be shrunk and stretched to suit your budget. And that work colleague for the secret Santa, you know she raised money for a dog shelter in the summer. You also know her desk is a mess. Your gift to her could be a dog-shaped desk tidy!

Here are some themed gift ideas to get you started:

Travel Buffs

A bluetooth selfie-stick and tripod with remote will help create some amazing photos for them to share. A portable solar charger with multiple USB ports will keep them connected when they’re. More expensive gifts include a new backpack, tent or ticket to their next destination.

Music Lovers

Headphones are a necessity, not a luxury these days. Skullcandy Uproar wireless headphones are a recommended budget buy, or the more expensive wireless Bose QuietComfort 35 has superb active-noise cancellation and up to 20 hours battery life. Check for new albums, compilations and tour dates by favoured artists from which to select the prefect gifts.

Fashion Lovers

Ugg’s Scuffette II Slippers are cosy footwear for winter nights or look forward to holidays in the summer or winter-sun with traditional Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer 50mm polarised sunglasses for her and the new Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses for him. Visit the local design college to see the student catwalk shows or visit Paris, London or New York in fashion week.

Party Animals

The list of gift ideas is almost endless, from attractive beer dispensers to gadgets to smuggle your booze into events or a cheeky, booze-demanding door mat to let people know that a beer is customary for entry into their party pad. Perhaps a light-emitting party dress, or a quality sound system, laser stage lights or a karaoke system.

Sports Lovers

gold-golf-ballAn upgrade on a piece of kit could be a low-budget set of golf balls through to a gold-dipped golf ball and tee set that can either be played or displayed. A weekend following their favourite team would be an extravagant gift, but you could invite yourself along too.

Gift an experience

There are many people that will tell you that they don’t need a special Xmas gift. For these people, the gift of an experience can be an unexpected and perfect gift. Whether it’s going drag racing, a visit to the theatre to see an adaptation of their favourite book, or the opera to hear a performance live. All these are experiences and memories that will last long after the Christmas decorations are back in the attic.

Alternatively, find some issue that the person is passionate about and donate to that cause. There are thousands of charities helping wildlife, pets, young people, research into disease prevention, human rights and more. Make a gift to the chosen cause, do this in their name and let them know the reason for your choice.