In a perfect world, everything you give someone for Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or any non-denominational holiday gift giving festivities) is perfect. It’s personal, something he or she wants and can use, and is unique. However, that gumdrop and swirly twirly candy cane dream often seems far from achievable. And as the days grow shorter, and the shopping lines grow longer, it’s harder to get truly great gifts. But does it really have to be this way? Here are some tips, so that gifting procrastination can become a thing of the past.
Picture this. It’s Christmas morning, and your aunt/ brother/ significant other’s uncle is unwrapping a gift you gave them. Which would you rather your aunt/ brother/ significant other’s uncle be unwrapping: a plain white t shirt, or a monogrammed plain white t shirt one? It’s fun to see your name on something. Colleges name their libraries after donors, and if it’s good enough for the American education system, it’s good enough for me. Monogrammed pieces are basically a cheap library (ish).
Feel like monograms are a little 2012 J Crew? Find your gift-ee’s pinterest board of inspirational quotes and frame one. Buy him or her a mug that says either “Crazy cat lady” or “I <3 My 12 Pugs”. Personalizing a gift is what makes someone feel that a gift was actually meant for him or her, and was not just something you dug out of your closet. I made the below ~quotable poster~ in five minutes, and not to applaud myself, but I would pin it.
Go for the bling
Jewelry as a gift is so cliche it’s cool again, and for good reason. Jewelry is an easy gift because jewelry styles are easy to read. If the recipient wear lots of earrings, get him or her earrings. If her thing is bulky rings, get her one. Stick to the recipient’s pre-established color family and level of daintiness and you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for something truly unique, combine tactics and get a personalized piece of jewelry. Custom made earrings are like a monogram, but more subtle, and certainly more shiny.
Use your resources
The first time I bought a Christmas present on the internet it was 2011, and I was buying a scarf for my mom. I browsed the pages of Etsy for hours, and finally landed on a blue one that was minutely different from the other thousands of pages of blue scarves. That’s the beauty of the internet. With actually and literally billions of options, it’s easy to be unique. Plus, on sites like Etsy, you can get one-off products, where nobody can ever have a duplicate, because only one piece was ever made in the first place. And two day shipping is a thing, which makes it altogether too easy to be a procrastinating gifter. It’s a little bit of a chicken and the egg situation.
What’s your procrastinating gift shortcut? Any tips? Let me know in the comments!