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With so much to do and so little time, it's tempting to book a last-minute winter holiday and forget all about the demands of the party season (not to mention shopping for Christmas gifts!). But the last thing you want is to be labelled the Grinch this year, so we've set out a handy Christmas gift guide to help you have a holly jolly Christmas, so the kiddies (or the Whos!) of all ages won't be disappointed with their Christmas gifts this year.
A little Scrooge goes a long way - in the
months leading up to Christmas it's ok to scrimp and save. Set
aside a few quid every week in anticipation of a major Christmas
gift shopping spree come December, and Bob Cratchit's your uncle,
you'll have a tidy sum to cover your expenses. Noone likes to hear
the word budget, but if you're to cater for everyone, then deciding
on a spending limit for each Christmas present is a must.
We love it when a plan comes together - planning is the number one saving grace during the busiest time of year. Arm yourself with a list well, as long as your arm, if you have to. Each time you tick a Christmas gift off you can breathe a little easier and give yourself a well deserved, albeit imaginary, pat on the back.
Be prepared for anything - stock up on a few emergency Christmas gifts for friends and neighbours who unexpectedly pop in to spread some Christmas cheer. Paired with several generous glasses of sherry, they'll go home happy and you won't be put to shame.
Treat Yourself - after all your hard work and generosity of spirit, don't be afraid to buy yourself a Christmas gift too. Whether it's getting your nails done, splurging on those sparkly dancing shoes, or buying some new cds for your New Years Eve party , go on - you deserve it!
How to Buy Christmas Gifts for Kids
In the world of a child, Christmas is the World Cup Final of gifting occasions. They have been good all year long, hoping to wake up on Christmas morning to stockings stuffed with goodies. Don't disappoint them with necessities like socks, underwear, or worse, a new toothbrush - because to them, you may as well have filled their stocking with coal! If we know kids it shouldn't be too hard to figure out what is no 1 on their Christmas gift list- just pinch the list they wrote to Santa Claus!
How to Buy Christmas Gifts for Him
Christmas is just important a gift giving occasion as his birthday, your anniversary, or anything else, so don't let his proposition not to exchange gifts this year fool you. He wants a Christmas gift just as much as you do. (Who doesn't love being spoiled?) Even if he says all he wants for Christmas is you, do NOT be fooled. Stay away from obvious gifts and treat him to something personal for extra brownie points, or failing that just opt for this year's must-have gadget.
How to Buy Christmas Gifts for Her
To really impress a woman, give her something she wants and nothing she needs. This means avoid any Christmas gift that has any use in the kitchen, gym, or office - unless she is dying to receive something she can cook, exercise, or work with. Because we don't know many women (or men, come to think of it) who want a gift that reminds them of work. If it can be described as pretty, shiny, soft, luxurious, fun, or expenisive you know you're on the right track!