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How To Choose The Perfect Gift

Depending on how gung ho you are for Christmas, it's probably about the time of year where you've started planning or buying presents for the important people in your life. Either that or you've just begun to sweat because this post has reminded you of how many presents you're yet to buy and you're starting to wonder whether that guy on the Snuggie commercial was right when he said that the Snuggie really is the perfect gift for everyone...

So if you've got no idea what to get your loved ones or if you're just looking to buy the perfect gift, here are my top tips:

Set your budget. The first thing you want to do is work out how much you're willing to spend, there's no point just buying things all willy nilly if you don't know your max budget- things could get messy.

Think about who you're buying for. Don't profile them or pull a Nancy Drew, but really think about who you're buying for and what kinds of things they like or are interested in. Do they love beauty products? Animals? Have they just gone on a health kick? Are they the adventuring type or more likely to be cuddling their cats and watching Netflix?
Write a list of what they're interested in and go from there. If they're a huge beauty enthusiast, chances are they'd rather a new shade of lipstick or a cult beauty product rather than a christmas sweater. You get the drift.

Think about what they would value more. Would the person you're buying for prefer one expensive gift or a bunch of smaller less expensive gifts? Are they a quality or quantity person?
Also consider their values in terms of how practical they are, some people (like my Grandma) would genuinely rather you spend your money on something they need or will definitely use. Practical gifts aren't always the most fun to buy but in the end if it's what they'd prefer...then you gotta do what you gotta do. I dare you to try and explain to my half english-speaking Italian Grandma why you got her a cinnamon nutmeg candle...the response isn't pretty.

What have they been saying they want? Sometimes the perfect gift idea is right in front of you. Be extra perceptive and listen for when people outright say what they want without even realising it. Last year my sister complained for about a month that she was sick of eating the same breakfast every day before work. Cue me buying her a trendy recipe book with a tonne of different breakfast ideas in it and bam, I had one happy sister.

How sentimental are they? If you get them a heartfelt gift will they appreciate it or would it go way over their head? If they are sentimental, think about a gift that will really tug on their heart strings and make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It could be a present that sends them down memory lane or something that relates to an inside joke between the two of you. My best friend and I have so many inside jokes I can't even keep track anymore, so when I'm getting her a gift I'll try and think of a present that will specifically relate to our weird and wacky friendship. I know she appreciates things like this so it's worth going the extra mile.

If you've made it this far into the post, by now you should have a pretty good sense of who you're buying for and what types of gifts they'd genuinely love.

Bonus tip: Keep a running list throughout the year of gift ideas for the important people in your life, that way when it comes to things like birthdays and christmas you've already got a bunch of potential present options ready to go.

Let me know if you found this post helpful, otherwise happy gift giving!
PS, I actually did get my mum a Snuggie one year and she loved it...

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96 comments:

  1. Great suggestions! Christmas shopping is always really hard so guides like these are wonderful!

    Avanti
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    1. Thanks Avanti, really happy you liked the post. You're definitely right, Christmas shopping can be really difficult! x

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  2. I like your suggestion to keep a running list throughout the year - if only I would remember to do it.
    I think for adults presents there's no point in asking them what they want if you know they can afford it themselves- they can go and buy them - different story if they can't really afford them. IMO it really is the thought that goes behind the present so your ideas here are great!

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    1. I keep a running list on my phone, that way it makes it easier to keep track of things and add to the list because I always have my phone with me! :)

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  3. So many great tips, thanks for sharing! x

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  4. I (the best friend) can safely say this is the girl you want to learn gift giving tips from! Also, she isn't joking about the running list, it's so handy!

    ps. I am legitimately at home snuggling my cat watching netflix as I type... :)

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    1. I may or may not have been thinking of you when I wrote that part ;)

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  5. These are such great tops! I love to plan everything before I got out shopping. I love writing a list of who and what I need to buy for everyone - like your tips. Then the shopping trip can run smoothly, as I know what I'm getting. There's nothing worse than being in a shop full of people scrambling for the best deals, and you have no clue what you're buying lol.

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Christmas shopping can be stressful enough, it would be even worse if you didn't have a clue what to grab.

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  6. Great tips, especially keeping a list throughout the year! It always come to December and I can't think of anything - especially for my Dad! x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. My Dad is a hard one too! I find it so much easier to buy for my Mum and Sister.

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  7. Picking a present is one of the things I struggle the most, especially if that person has almost everything then it gets harder! These are definitely great tips, I will need to make myself a list at the weekend and see what I come up with :)

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  8. Thank you for the tips. This would really be helpful for shopping Christmas gifts. Xx


    eLLa
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    1. I'm happy you found the post helpful Ella :)

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  9. Great post !

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  10. Yep.. I agree with the opening of this post.. Totally started to sweat with how many presents I need to buy. Can I not just bury my head in the sand? Probably not. December is nipping on our heels! Great tips lovely xx

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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    1. Thanks Vanessa, yeah this time of the year can definitely get pretty crazy!

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  11. Great tips! I always keep a note throughout the year whenever someone says they want something. I've pretty much finished my Christmas shopping already, I always get so excited about it! x

    Brigitte | brigittehayley.com

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    1. I'm the same! I actually love buying people presents more than I like receiving them.

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  12. Awesome tips. Christmas shopping can definitely be a stressful time for me!

    Erin xx
    www.erin-elizabeth.ca

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    1. I don't have too many people to big for so for me I actually find it fun, believe it or not!

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  13. I love this post - it's brilliant, I love browsing through shops and finding things to buy for people which is always nice but these tips are great and I always think it's not how much you spend but the thought that counts!! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. I completely agree, thoughtful presents are always the best!

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  14. This post is awesome! Definitely going to come back to this later for help haha, I'm the worst at buying gifts. Great tips! :)
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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  15. I am with you on the value. I rather buy someone a small meaningful gift than an expensive gift. I care more about their reaction than showing off that i bought them something "expensive" or "nice".

    www.blushingkay.com

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    1. I'm pretty sentimental so I really appreciate thoughtful gifts as well, big or small!

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  16. This is super fun to read, thanks for sharing:) Do you want to support each others blog by following each other? Please let me know so I can follow you right back:)

    xoxo
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    1. Thanks Hilary, I'll be sure to check out your blog :)

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  17. Great tips! And perfect timing for Christmas
    Have a wonderful week!

    xx Girl in the Bunny Ears
    girlinthebunnyears.com

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    1. Thank you Cissy, happy you liked the post.

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  18. Great post, so helpful!
    xx
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  19. such a good post <3

    xx
    beauthi.blogspot.com

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  20. Nice tips! Love the photo♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  21. Great tips! It's always important to keep in mind who you're buying for. I really don't like receiving socks :/

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    1. Oh wow socks are pretty random, I don't think I'd like to receive them either...

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  22. Great tips! Especially the budget one - I always end up spending way more money than I can actually afford, haha!

    - Saskia

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    1. That happens to me as well, I usually set a budget then go over it because I get too carried away!

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  23. Nice post! I always love buying gifts more than receiving them :)

    XX www.laurenlouvaine.com

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  24. This is such a great post! Love all of your tips ;)

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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  25. Love this list, great tips especially for shopping lovers who tend to go over budget!

    ISA Professional

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  26. Your post is so helpful, I like the list you made. Buying a present can be hard.

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    1. Really glad you found this useful Anca :)

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  27. These are great tips! And I can definitely relate myself to the practical/ enjoyable, sentimental type of people, some people would just be happy with something that pleased them, others need to actually use the gift!

    https://fannyanddailybeauty.wordpress.com/

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    1. Exactly- I think it's all about what the other person wants, we're all so different!

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  28. This post is definitely helpful so thank-you!! :)
    ♥NY
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    1. You're welcome Natalie, so happy you liked the post :)

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  29. This post is so useful and funny as well :) thanks a lot dear !! x

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  30. This post is very helpful! Good job. :)

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  31. Setting a budget is probably the thing that most people don't do which leads to a lot of excessive shopping and debt!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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    1. I feel the exact same way, it can be really tempting to just go crazy and buy anything you see- especially around this time of the year!

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  32. This post is so good - just bookmarked as it was so helpful! Will definitely be keeping these tips in mind this Christmas
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  33. Such a helpful post. I always find things like this so I cant get everything organized & done. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm the same, I like to try and get everything organised ahead of time :)

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  34. Thanks for the tips ;)))

    The Cutielicious
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    Federica

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  35. Great tips! Especially the one about the running list, I try to do this every year and fail!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Yeah I keep my list on my my phone, that way it's easier for me to add to it and I can't lose it!

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  36. Very nice and useful post. I will use your recommendations while buying gifts. :)

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    1. Sounds perfect, happy you found the post helpful Maria :)

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  37. This is perfect for me, as I was struggling with present ideas this year! Thanks for the great tips, will definitely put these to good use x

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

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    1. So happy you found the post helpful Margarita, my family struggles with presents as well so from now on I'll just keep re-directing them to this post, haha

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  38. This is so important to read at this time of the year - I know my sister would prefer one really expensive gift and she isn’t very sentimental, whereas my mum would prefer something smaller which has more thought put into it. :)

    You must be all set for christmas! Will you be doing blogmas? I’m going to give it a go but I’m a bit nervous… haha!

    www.dearyouloveem.com

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    1. My mum and sister are the exact same! My mum would always rather a sentimental gift but my sister is all about the goods, haha.

      I won't be doing blogmas this year sadly, it sounds way too daunting for me! Huge props to you for doing it though, good luck! :)
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  39. Thinking about what the recipient would value most is a really good tip, as well as appreciating someone might enjoy a cult beauty product more than a 'traditional' gift of some kind! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  40. such great tip!! thanx!
    would like u to see my last post and let me know what you think :)
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    1. Thanks Shaz, I'll be sure to check out your blog now :)

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  41. Great tips! It makes choosing the perfect gift an easier business!
    Fashion Soup

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  42. Great post! I love your blog!

    xx Isabel
    http://bellasfashionjournal.com

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  43. This is great!!! I just actually finished Christmas shopping, it was definitely hard.
    Shopping for someone very sentimental is difficult but very easy lol! :) xx

    -Mitzee

    mitzeeruth.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah I actually prefer shopping for the sentimental types, I don't know why...I guess because I feel like they'll probably appreciate my gift more?

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  44. Great post! I love shopping for my best friends. It's great seeing their reactions when they open the gift but I have to say the planning is my favorite part.
    Diana | http://www.dianavilic.com

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  45. Ooo, these are some great tips. And perfectly in time for the holiday season! I definitely follow all of these steps when purchasing gifts!

    Sartorial Diner

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    1. I use these tips all year round as well, but yep they're definitely good for the holiday season especially :)

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  46. This is wonderful!

    xo

    www.dylanasuarez.com

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  47. when people give me gifts, I prefer when people actually put some thought into it... nothing worse than getting a generic gift of lotions just so they can say they gave you a gift even though you've not seen or spoken to each other in years.. -_-

    Arianne | Ayre

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    1. Oh I'm the exact same, I hate generic gifts, I'd rather not get anything at all sometimes!

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  48. That was a great post! I think about and use those tips all the time when finding a gift for someone.

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