Every year I make a list of those folks (family & friends) who I’d like to give gifts to and what that item might be. If I have no ideas, then I reach out and ask. If that doesn’t bring any helpful hints then I ask their closest family member. If that doesn’t help, then I ask them to go to lunch and look for hints or just take them shopping. This can be a whole lot of fun.
Not very scientific, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any foolproof method. If you have one, I do hope you’ll share it. The budget is generally about the same each year, depending on age and the cost of their holiday dream gifts, which most people can’t afford. No Lexus from this century is affordable, no matter how much I want one.
Getting older means I have most things I need and holiday gifts are more for things that are “wanted.” No one likes a gift with a cord unless specifically requested. No vacuums or irons, please. However, today’s tech gadgets are an exception, we just need to know there is a teen around to help us program or set up said tech gadgets. Am I right or am I right?
I love going to arts & craft fairs and book festivals this time of year. You can get the coolest stuff that someone has put their heart and soul into. And I am so unable to create many of the wonderful things that others have made. For example, I can’t for the life of me make a circular scrubby. Now you know.
There’s ALWAYS a book out there that will appeal to others, depending on their genre preferences and situation. Even the occasional reader will enjoy a book that you have picked out just for them. I like to pair up stories or characters (feisty people love the feisty family series) that I think my giftee can relate to, and it usually works. The other nice thing about books as gifts, you can pass them on to other eager readers when you’re done reading them. Share the joy!
I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season.