Let’s face it. There will always be at least one person on your Christmas list that you have no idea what to buy. That’s when the hunt begins. Instead of searching aimlessly, there are some places you can begin with that can lead to the perfect gift. There’s no guarantee that the gift will take mere minutes to find, but you can rest easier knowing that you found a gift they will enjoy. Best of all, these tips can be used for anyone on your shopping list.
Malls may seem like aimless shopping when you don’t know what you’re shopping for. But, malls are the perfect place to browse when you have no clue what to purchase. Malls are filled with a variety of different stores, which can give you several different ideas. Once all your other shopping is done, take a day to hit the mall and just browse for those hard to shop for people. Chances are you’ll come up with a few great ideas. To make the shopping experience even less stressful, try shopping during the week when the malls are less crowded. This gives you time to think and make choices that aren’t hasty.
If the person has a hobby, collection or passion for something in particular, specialty stores are the perfect place to browse for a gift. For example, if the person loves to collect coins, visit a coin shop and look for something truly unique. Better yet, look for a coin that speaks about your relationship with that person. If the person enjoys a certain craft, visit the craft store and look for unique supplies that match that craft, such as special kits or organizational tools. Lastly, if they have a passion for something, such as football, visit a store that specializes in that type of memorabilia. Shopping at specialty stores also gives you the chance to question clerks on what they think would make a good Christmas gift.
Magazines are always filled with the latest gift suggestions that are perfect for that hard to shop for person. Grab a few magazines at the checkout and look through the gift sections. Magazines not only give you great suggestions, but many list the prices of the items and where to purchase them. If you visit the magazine’s website, you’ll usually find even more gift ideas submitted by the writer and readers. If you want to get an early start, shop for magazines in November. This is usually when magazines start focusing on gift ideas.
Online Gift Guides
Some people have a talent when it comes to buying gifts and many of these people enjoy writing gift guides to share that talent. If you go online and type in “gifts for” and add just about anything, such as football fans or expectant mothers, chances are you’ll find a gift guide that will give you several ideas. Many people spend hours writing up the perfect gift guides not only based on their own shopping experiences, but based on what they would like to have as well. Just like magazines, these gift guides usually give you a price and sometimes even include links to where you can purchase the item. Best of all, these gift guides don’t just focus on the latest and greatest gadgets. Many are based on tried and true gifts that have stood the test of time.