Guys, I love Christmas. A lot. Even though I hate winter and snow, I love November and December because there is so much holiday cheer and I get to spend extra time thinking about all the awesome things I can get the people I love.
Not to brag or anything but, well, I kinda give the most kick-ass Christmas presents ever. I tend to alternate between super funny (like the gift I gave my best friend last year) and sentimental (because sometimes, it really is the thought that counts) but either way, I put a lot of time and thought into choosing the perfect Christmas gifts for my friends (and family, too.)
Since I’ve all but made an art out of choosing presents that make people light up with joy, laugh their asses off, or just realize how loved they are, I decided to share my tips for getting the best presents.
(or how to make sure everyone you know squeals in delight over their gifts)
1. GET OUT OF WALMART. Seriously. Just leave or don’t enter in the first place. I promise that you are not going to find the Coolest Present Ever at Walmart or any other chain store, for that matter. Putting some thought and effort into finding a present means staying away from mass-produced junk.
2. Think about the person you’re buying for. This seems like a no-brainer but it is so important to think about the person you’re buying for and making sure you’re buying for THEM, not yourself. Just because you like something doesn’t mean that they will. Think about their likes, dislikes, and pay attention when they mention things like “Oh, I’ve always wanted (to)…” or “I just love…” or “X is my favorite”. Sometimes people unintentionally drop hints about the perfect gifts.
3. Think about your relationship to that person. What connects the two of you? Is there an inside joke or hobby that keeps your friendship going? For example, the one thing that connects me and one of my friends is music. It’s what brought us together in the first place. His Christmas present? Concert tickets to see his favorite band. Another friend and I feel the need to take ten thousand pictures and goof off every time we see each other. This year, she’s getting a collage of all our best (and worst) moments. Another thing to think about their is their favorite cause or organization and brand/store.
4. Think events or experiences – not things. Material items are so last year. While having THINGS is great and sometimes, things can make great gifts, gifts that create memories can have a huge impact. If there’s an event coming up – a show, concert, etc – that your friend really wants to see, try getting tickets for a present. If they’ve always wanted to learn how to ride a horse/jump out of a plane/other bucket list item here, arrange to make that happen. It might not be an item sitting on their shelf but it’s something they’ll never forget.
5. Etsy! I absolutely love Christmas shopping on Etsy. It’s my favorite way to find unique, one-of-a-kind presents that I know no one else will get them. With so many options, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll find something that fits in with your friend’s odd/quirky personality. Also, for anyone who is obsessed with a fandom, it’s pretty easy to find things related there.
Bonus: Drop hints but don’t tell! My favorite part of this whole thing is after I’ve purchased the present and am waiting to give it to them. I drive my friends crazy talking about how much they’re going to love their present without giving them any real clues as to what exactly it is. It drives up the excitement and makes the moment of unwrapping even better.
What are your tips for purchasing the most kick-ass presents ever? What’s the best present you’ve ever given or received?