If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely someone who knows that amazing presents are budgeted for and planning – not panic-found last minute. The great thing about planning is you can find the best presents to give everyone in plenty of time and under budget.
Buying someone something they need is always better. I have a 4-drawer cabinet that is filled to the brim with cosmetics that could last me a lifetime. Gift sets and generic products like moisturizers are great as a last resort but make an effort to find a product that they will use, need and thank you for. I always check social media feeds when searching for ideas, as people will post what they use and love.
Money Towards Pushing Them Further In Life
If a friend or family member needs something that will push them forward in life then why not buy them that? For example you could pay for their driving test or money towards a course they want to do to progress their career. I love these type of presents and they really help a person at their core. Stay away from anything they haven’t said they want to change though as you don’t want to make them self-conscious.
Passion and Hobby Related Gifts
If you’re close enough to someone to buy them a present, you’re close enough to know about their favourite hobby. Buying them something towards their hobby is a great present as they will use it and it shows you’ve been listening to them harp on about their hobby all year. Although, don’t get this wrong as it will be a waste of money, they wont end up using it and it will lead to an awkward ‘thanks’. If in doubt buy a voucher towards a shop that sells their hobby-related items so at least they can pick out what they need.
Treats They Would Never Buy Themselves
Some of friends are quite frugal like me and would never buy themselves something that was not a ‘productive item’. They are practical with their money but who doesn’t like some flowers, a spa day or a meal out. The most frugal people are the most deserving and in need of a good pamper time.
I’ve said vouchers quite a lot in this post and that’s because I believe there is nothing taboo or last-minute about them – if it’s the right one! Buying a generic supermarket voucher might be a little lame but if it was for a new student moving out from home for the first time then it’s perfect. Also buying a voucher for their favourite hobby-shop or towards a business they will use like a restaurant or spa shows that you’re looking to give them a good experience rather than another thing that will clutter their house.