The holiday season can sometimes be more stressful than festive for some. First, you have to think about price range for gifts for each person on the list hoping that your gift is comparable in value to theirs. Second, you also have to think about what to buy and from where all the while trying to beat the Christmas rush. Finally after all the stress of thinking, the easy route may to simply purchase a gift card, but that can seem impersonal.
Nothing is worse than offending someone with your gift. Some gift giving don’t(s) are:
1. Humorous gifts: I would stay away form funny gag gifts if you didn’t know the person well enough that they would find it humorous as well.
2. Sexual gifts: Christmas is probably not the most appropriate time to give a sexually themed gift unless it’s been specifically requested in their wish list.
There are some ways to put personal touches onto gift ideas. Some questions to ask when contemplating gift ideas are:
3. Who is the person you are buying for? If it’s a co-worker you may be able to get away with gift cards. For closer friends and family you may have to be more creative.
4. Is the person you are buying for artistic, functional, creative, fun or laidback? What are their interests? This can help you tune into where to find a gift for them. For me, I usually start with this and find stores that reflect a theme. Once I’m in the store I usually will take a look around and find something that will work for that person.
Here are some DYI (Do it yourself) gift ideas that are easy and creative:
The gift card snow globe
This project is easy and adds such a personal touch to a simple gift such as a gift card. I’ve done this for a couple years now for the people that are hard to buy for. Traditionally, I’ve also opted for a Mastercard or Visa gift card if I’m not sure about specific stores they visit. This will also give them more options on where they want to spend the gift card.
You will need:
- 1 mason jar
- Glitter (the finer kind will avoid it sticking onto the gift card)
- Glue gun
- Any small ornaments (I like little Christmas themed ones but you can get creative with that depending on the person)
1. Take the lid and glue the gift card onto the inside of the lid with the card standing up.
2. Glue down any ornamental pieces onto the inside of the lid that you would like to add (you can choose to float the pieces if you like too)
3. Put the glitter into the jar and fill with water.
4. Put the lid on and shake.
Coconut Rose Body Scrub
This gift idea is easy, useful and beautiful visually. It takes about 3 minutes to make and will make a great gift idea. For women I use rose pedals as the centre layer of the scrub but you can always replace with mint for men.
You will need:
- 1 Mason jar
- coconut oil (you can get this from your local Choices or Nester’s market)
- rose pedals (you can purchase this from your local florist)
- Coconut sugar
- Almond oil
1. Put the coconut oil (this should be at room temperature so it’s a soft solid) in the mason jar and fill it up to 1/3 of the jar
2. Add in the rose pedals on top of the layer of coconut oil.
3. Fill the last third of the jar with the raw sugar and add in the almond oil that will blend with the sugar.
4. Put a bow around the jar or the lid and you’re done.
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