It’s November, which means the holiday season is well on its way to building all the way up to the Christmas festivities. The season of giving, the ‘wise men’ and women will already be considering their gift ideas to wow their loved ones. But, naturally, there will be a significant cohort that ends up rushing around crowded malls in the two or three days before Christmas, searching frantically for any gift to wrap and throw under the tree. This article hopes to inform the former group and inspire the latter group to buy inspired and exciting Christmas presents long before that 25th December deadline.
More than ever, ‘technology’ deserves a subheading of its own when discussing Christmas gifts. From the latest in smartphone technology (see the new iPhone for devices at the very cutting edge) to smartwatches, ever-more powerful laptops, and incredibly light and versatile tablets, there’s a world of joy you’ll be able to bring to your loved one when you buy them a piece of the essential technology that props up our lives in the digital age.
To get a little more specific, let’s talk gaming. If you’re looking into buying a console, you’ve got more cutting-edge variety than ever before at your fingertips. Perhaps the best family option is the PlayStation 4, which you’ll be able to purchase an incredible VR set for wholesome family fun on Christmas day. If your loved one is a fan of games such as Fortnite in which you make in-game purchases, you might consider purchasing a voucher for them. Else, you can find the latest in gaming sensations to purchase easily online. Finally, televisions, the perfect gift for all the family, are increasingly well-equipped and affordable, making it one of the best technological gifts to give for Christmas 2018.
Books and the Arts
Do any of your loved ones appreciate a good book, enjoy creating art, or have a creative streak in them which is yet to be fully realized? If so, you should consider a present that’ll cater to these passions. Regarding literature, there’s an amazing array of novels out there to please your loved one this Christmas. The books to be garnering a good deal of positive attention this year are ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’ and ‘The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle.’ Both are topping best-seller lists in fiction. Then there’s ‘Kintu’ by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, which is a book of unparalleled beauty that’s been turning heads in important and sophisticated literary circles.
Regarding art equipment, you should head to your local arts and crafts store to have a conversation with an employee about purchasing some quality creative equipment and materials for your loved one to use. Consider buying a package of things; for instance, grab some oil paints, brushes and thinner along with a first few canvases and a ‘how to paint with oils’ book. Or, grab a high-quality sketchbook and some charcoal pencils with which your loved one will be able to hone their art. Whatever you choose, the recipient of this gift will relish the opportunity to take up a new creative hobby.
Sometimes, it’s the personalized touch that truly lands home with your loved ones. There’s a world of possibility to exploit here, from watches and wallets through to shaving sets and personalized bags, rucksacks and satchels. It’s best to try and find a hole in your loved one’s possessions beforehand so that you can choose a luxury, personalized item that is both thoughtful and function, and one they’ll cherish for many years.
You might also consider getting a present that’s tailored to your loved one’s habits, lifestyle or temperament. If your loved one is a smoker, for instance, a wonderful gift might well be a quality e-cigarette. It’ll help them quit the damaging habit of smoking cigarettes while, at the same time, guaranteeing them a new passion in life. You can even search for some exotic and well-refined e-cig liquid that’s entirely catered towards the palette of your loved one. This example can apply to all areas of an individual’s life, from their passions and indulgences to their working life and their home interior.
Always a risky one, buying clothing for a loved one can go one of two ways: they’ll either genuinely love it and thank you, or they’ll be a little disappointed and thank you. You’re aiming squarely at the first response, and as such, you’ll need to think long and hard about buying the right clothing to suit the individual you’re buying for. A good tip here is to speak to a good friend of the recipient or to find someone with an excellent fashion sense who’ll be able to guide you in your purchases. If you’re thinking of going it alone, then there are some fashion tips you ought to be aware of in 2018.
For instance, you’re buying in the midst of the winter season but with a nod towards the spring. It means that summer items are out-of-bounds unless you want your gift to linger at the bottom of a wardrobe for a few months before, perhaps, eventually being fished out. Knitted and embroidered cardigans, jackets and pullovers are ‘in’ for the winter of 2018 and the following spring in 2019, so it’s worth searching around for these if you’re shopping for a woman. For men, you’ll not go far wrong with eccentric socks, a tweed jacket, or a quality scarf that can be matched with the predominant color in their wardrobe.
Toiletries and Luxury Bath Products
Christmas presents should really be something that the recipient would not ordinarily consider buying for themselves. In this respect, there’s nothing more indulgent than a guilty pleasure you’ll be able to treat your loved one to, such as luxury toiletries. You’ll not need to look far to find some beautiful collections in cosmetic and drug stores that’ll be like a hamper of opulent joy to the loved one you feel is due a time-out for pure relaxation and indulgence. Naturally, these gifts differ in kind between men and women, but ultimately men enjoy a good pampering just as much as women!
In general, men will prefer the kinds of products that cater towards male grooming needs, so shaving kits and beard maintenance oils are one of your best bets in this department. You’ll not go far wrong with an aftershave or skin regime set either. Both are valued by men who like to look and smell great. For women, your options are far broader, and as such, you’ll need to think a little harder about the perfect set of gifts to make them smile. Are they short on high-end makeup? Do they enjoy a long and indulgent bath with all the products under the sun at their disposal? It’s your decision, but it’s worth searching some of the best luxury products online before you make your ultimate purchase.
Experiences and Mini-Breaks
Perhaps the sweetest and most-deeply appreciated presents of all come in booking a place for you and your loved one to go, whether it be a hotel or a race track. Especially perfect for your partner or spouse, these gifts rely on an intimate knowledge of the person you’re purchasing for as, after all, you’re dictating how they’ll spend a long weekend. A hot favorite in this department is the ‘spa break.’ It’s a trip that combines a luxury hotel experience with the relaxation and meditative benefits of attending a spa for treatments, massages and an all-around experience of utter tranquility and bliss with the person that you love.
If you’re more of an adventurous ‘experience’ type, then you should see the world as your playground from which to pick an experience that your loved one will cherish for many more Christmases. Take them on a driving experience at a racetrack, or to a fancy dinner and a dance. Spoil them with a holiday somewhere warm, tropical and adventurous, in an exciting new city, or in a little private cottage somewhere remote and romantic from which to hike in the wilderness. Your options are as endless as your imagination, so take the time to think creatively about something that’ll really impress your loved one.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, made all the more exciting and loving by the exchange of gifts. It can be a little stressful gathering up all of these purchases to wrap and place under the tree, but you’ll know from experience that it’s all worth it once the wrapping paper’s strewn on the floor and smiles are bedecking all those around you.
This guide should help you narrow down some gift options if you’re experiencing brain fog when you come to consider presents for your family and friends across the Christmas period. It leaves enough creative license for you to personalize your gifts while providing some fundamental ideas through which you’ll be able to hone your gift-giving skills through your imagination. Don’t leave present buying until the last minute for Christmas 2018; consider the above options and get out there to begin spreading Christmas cheer.