What to Consider When Buying Christmas Presents

By Angela Marshall, 7th Dec 2011

Buying presents for people at Christmas can be difficult and will they appreciate and like the present when they open it? I am often asked for advice, as an image consultant, I recommend you think what they would enjoy and like not you.

10 Tips to help you:

  1. Always make a list with ideas and plan a budget
  2. When shopping stay focused and keep as near as you can to your individual budgets, but allow for some extra in your total budget
  3. Don’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money, or any money, because you feel people will expect you to. Only spend what you can afford
  4. Always consider the likes and dislikes of the recipients
  5. When you know the person well, you can give a slightly more personal gift
  6. When purchasing clothes or accessories for someone else, always buy the item that represents the person’s personality and not yours.  Consider are they conservative, rather casual, very sporty, high fashion, rather dramatic or creative?
  7. When buying for a parent or a grandparent consider updating their wardrobe (but to suit their personality) e.g. new season’s colour in a jumper, a stripe shirt, scarf, colourful socks or gloves
  8. Considering giving money as a gift, then why not “wrap it” in a nice way
  9. Love cooking; why not make a basket of special goodies you have made
  10. Buy something related to their interests e.g. Men – do they love electronic gadgets, wallets, handyman tools, clothes, skincare or aftershave. Women – are they a lover of jewellery, plants, flowers, clothes, perfumes, cooking or sports stuff.

On the day remember it is the thought that counts. Remember your manners, and do write a thank you note for all the presents you receive and ensure, if you have children, that they do as well. It will encourage them not only to be polite but they may well become a future author by thinking about what to say.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Oscar Wilde

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