Has the holiday season taken you by surprise? Are you worried about what you are going to get for all those people on your list? Shopping for the ‘perfect gift’ is not an easy task, especially if you don’t know where to start. You probably don’t want to be tagged as the person that always gives a gift card, so here are some unique Christmas gift ideas for you to try this year:
A Christmas Gift Basket
You are probably thinking this isn’t really that original, but it is if you add a little twist to it. Instead of buying a pre-made gift basket online or at your local store, make one of your own. Buy a bunch of different items you know the gift recipient will appreciate. You can make it a funny gift basket by purchasing a few of the essential items like deodorant, soap, toothbrushes and perfume. Then you need to add some nice luxury items to it like a necklace or ring for a woman or a new dress shirt or t-shirt for a man. Put a lot of thought into it and you will be able to create a one-of-a-kind gift basket that is tough to top.
An Adventure’s Backpack
Do you have an adventurer in the family? Instead of buying a gift card to your local sporting goods store, make them a unique backpack loaded with tons of different gadgets. Let’s say the person you are shopping for likes to go camping, hiking and rock climbing. Pick up a nice Kelty backpack for hiking and then pack it full of some essential items like rope, a flashlight, an emergency poncho, snake bite kit, carabineer, chalk for your hands, climbing gloves, bandannas, sunglasses, water bottle, sun screen and binoculars. This is one gift that is sure to impress!
The technology lover
How do you buy a gift for a person that seems to have every new piece of technology that hits the market? Instead of shopping from SkyMall when you are on the airplane, go to Sharper Image and look around for new technology items that are unique. Remember when the laser pointer key chains hit the market? Everyone had to have one so talk to some sales associates about the ‘must have’ Christmas item this year.
Time for music
Almost everyone loves music, and giving the gift of music is one of the greatest things you can do. If they have an iPod, give them a gift certificate to iTunes so they can download some new songs. If they don’t have an iPod, it’s time to buy them one. Check out eBay for some refurbished iPod models if you cannot afford to buy a brand new one. Having the ability to store all of your favorite music files on a simple little device is a great feature, especially now that cars are coming out with iPod hookups so you can take your favorite playlist with you everywhere you go.
The gift of yourself
If you really want to give the perfect gift this year, don’t go to the store, give of yourself. Do you have loved ones that just want to spend time with you? Instead of always worrying about all the projects you need to do, take an entire day or two and devote it to a special person. Cook for them, clean for them, work for them and show your love to them. Spending time with the people that love and care about you is the best thing you can do for them.