The festive holiday period is one of the most popular times of year. People love to put up lights, wrap up warm, drink mulled wine and sing Christmas carols as well as, obviously, give and receive gifts. All gift-givers are different; some prefer receiving, some prefer giving, but all enjoy presents in some way.
For many, finding original Christmas presents for those they love can be a challenge. There are always those people that you need to find a gift for who simply have everything they want, and anything they don’t have yet they are planning to buy themselves. In this situation you’re left with two options – either ask them what they want or pick up a classic gift that always works.
A lot of people tend to feel like they are failing if they give a gift which isn’t extremely special or unique when this is far from the truth. The reasons why classic Christmas gifts are popular is because they are always useful, welcome and appreciated. With this in mind, here are some gift ideas that work for almost anyone.
People consistently make jokes about receiving socks for Christmas but the truth is, they’re actually a really good present to receive! Whilst children do tend to get a little frustrated with clothes as presents, adults are significantly more appreciative of a well-chosen scarf, pair of fluffy socks or knitted jumper for the winter season. These clothing items not only keep the wearer warm during the freezing festive months but often replace clothes (particularly socks) which have been damaged over the course of the year. It’s a win-win.
Money is a foolproof gift idea that is rarely received badly. If you’re having trouble picking an appropriate gift, giving money is the best way of taking that responsibility off your hand and ensuring the receiver can get whatever they truly want.
If you want a slightly more personalised spin on this, consider a gift card for their favourite restaurant, shop or destination. Gift cards allow you to show that you have put thought into your gift, even if it is simply monetary. Additionally, it’s best to deliver your money inside a well-thought-out card. Picking out a card for every Christmas present can get expensive very quickly, so save the card buying for the monetary gifts and pick something that really represents the gift receiver.
Flowers are as timeless as they are popular and can fit in at almost any occasion, including Christmas. They are particularly good because they can be catered to the individual’s preferences and tastes. Flowers can hold countless messages whether they be romantic or thankful and if selected well, can also complement the Christmas colour scheme that the gift receiver has adopted this year.
Just remember to think about what flora you’re buying and what is required to care for them. If you have had a bouquet delivered, think about what the receiver might need to care for the new flowers and potentially include that within your gift. Alternatively, if you have opted for a potted plant, keep in mind its size and the space that the receiver will have available to fit it into their home. All of these details make a difference but flowers are always appreciated.
Finally, we can’t end this list of ideas without mention of toiletries. By nature, we all love things that smell nice, especially if they make us smell nice too. Whether it’s aftershave, perfume, bath bombs or shower gel, we all use toiletries and replacing these with luxurious alternatives to treat ourselves is incredibly relaxing. This is what makes bathroom additions such a classic and common Christmas gift option – everyone needs them and enjoys them, even if they don’t realise at the moment of receipt.
This list isn’t comprehensive and doesn’t cover every great Christmas gift option at all, but it will definitely help if you’re struggling to think of something for that difficult person to buy for. Just remember that asking close friends and family can always help with the present purchasing process!