The holidays are right around the corner, but there’s still time to make this year’s gift exchange extra special. From stocking stuffers to gifts for mom or dad, sometimes the personal touch of giving the gift is a gift itself. Here are a few of our favorites.
Sometimes it’s just over too soon. So rather than tearing through gifts quickly after so much hard work, try adding a playful element. You can try a traditional white elephant game, or you can get creative and incorporate family trivia that everyone will know or remember together―and the first right answer gets the next gift. Or if you have young children, hide presents around the house to be found throughout the day or in a mad dash―and the person who finds all of his or her gifts first gets to start opening first.
Often gifts are a perfect match for intangible extras that can make the gift even more special. For example, pairing a subscription to a photo hosting site is a thoughtful gesture for the new camera. Or try adding a Media Hub gift certificate with new LED Smart TV and a premium Spotify or Pandora subscription for the new smartphone.
Who knew? There are several online vendors that will make customized wrap so can personalize every gift with your own touch. And though it takes a little planning, it’s fairly inexpensive. Just choose the amount and add some visual elements: family photos, pictures from past holidays and vacations, childhood drawings, names or even your own holiday designs―it’s totally up to you.
Premade gift baskets are a popular option at the holidays, but how about a gift basket that’s incredibly personal? From choosing the basket―the more personal the better―to selecting the items inside, creating a great basket is about your creativity. First, choose a theme the recipient would appreciate. Maybe it’s a boyfriend’s favorite sports team, Mom’s favorite hobby, a sister’s future event or a brother’s goal, then fill it with as many different types of things as possible―edible, practical, toys, pictures―just be sure to stay within the theme.
Sometimes the best gift is the one you always get every year. Maybe it’s a stocking stuffer or just something small to begin the collective unwrapping, but it always brings a smile. Think about a treat that he or she loves but never splurges on to buy―edible goodies like chocolate truffles or macadamia nuts, particular perfume that runs out too soon, holiday sweaters that will only be worn next year, or the latest upgrade to a favorite electronic gadget.
Part of the fun of opening gifts is finding the gift with your name on it. Why not mix that up, too? Instead of standard sticker tags, you might try items you can personalize or find with recipient’s names. Think about small ornaments, custom keychains, pins, or bracelet charms. In other words, make that tag useable after the gift is unwrapped, and make it something to help remember the moment.
Every once in a while someone on your list wants something that no one person can buy. If you’ve gotten a hint about a new TV or computer, mention it to family and friends. Instead of everyone buying one small gift, you might consider pooling your resources to make sure that he or she really, really wanted.
Does your family give gifts in a unique and personal way? Share them with us in the comments below.
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