Does gift-giving stress you out? I’ve figured out how to give the perfect gift. No kidding. OK, a bit of kidding. But it might help.
Obviously giving the perfect gifts stresses me out. I want to give the BEST Christmas gifts. I want to win Christmas. It’s so much pressure. Actually, giving gifts in general stresses me out.
Please don’t misunderstand: I love giving gifts. And giving the perfect gift is, like, the biggest high in the world. However, when push comes to shove and I can’t give the perfect gift I turn into more of an impulsive, “Here, I like you and this suits you,” or “Hey, I saw you need this or that so I made/have this for you.”
Somewhat less satisfying.
Suffice to say, when the pressure’s on, I crack. I’ve been over-thinking this entire month and honestly don’t know how to give the perfect gift to everyone on my Christmas list.
Usually, I think and think and stress and hunt and don’t find what I don’t know I’m looking for. So I last-minute-shop and then buy the last thing on the shelf, which completely sucks.
This year, in anticipation of my habits and trends, I’ve had several shopping days, and I’ve written and rewritten lists. I figured that was a good way to get ahead. However, I’m still three gifts short and it’s definitely crunch time.
Can you relate?
In the spirit of panic, I Googled it.
How to Give the Perfect Gift
- Think about the person you’re giving to
This means steer clear of the boot cologne! Also soap-on-a-rope is out (unless it’s for my brothers).
- Inside jokes
Remember that time that thing happened and soap-on-a-rope and no one else knows about it but us? Here’s a memento
- Incorporate photos into your gift
Everyone likes to see him/herself in a photo…how about a photo collage on a mug? On a mouse pad? A calendar perhaps? Oooh! How about a photo on soap-on-a-rope?
- Hobbies and passions
There’s no better way to say “I love you” than to support an obsession!
- Engrave something
Just for that little something extra. Also cuts out re-gifting pretty much 100 per cent (which is too bad because I LOOOOOVE regifting).
It was about here I stopped Googling because there is nothing new on the Internet and I still don’t have three gifts. Looks like I have three more shopping days until I’m forced to grab the last item on the shelf in the nick of time and pray it’s at least useful, if not perfect.
Maybe I’ll do better next year.