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.
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:
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.