It is officially the season to be jolly, merry, and bright! That’s right, Christmas time is here! This is my favorite time of the year and I have been on an all-time high. Although I celebrate Christmas primarily for religious reasons, I have to admit, the gifts are a nice perk. With this in mind, I have made a guide for helping to get everyone on your list something noteworthy for Christmas. Let’s get to it:
- Parents: As a kid with no source of income, you are not really expected to get your parents anything really “nice”. I’m sorry but let’s be real. That Little Elf you painted for your folks when you were six kind of just “disappeared” many Christmases ago. For those of you who are reading this, you are probably grown or at least a teenager. Your parents won’t say this, but are probably expecting something more than just a hand-made craft. So what can you give them? Well, find out what they really need. For example, if your mom has been complaining about her lack of comfortable work shoes, get her a pair. If your dad has been eyeing that set of collectable baseball cards, splurge a little for him and get it. Parents will appreciate the fact that you took the time to listen to their desires. If your parents aren’t knit-picky, I always recommend doing something classic. Mothers: A lotion and perfume set (Victoria Secret and Bath and Body Works have great inexpensive options) Fathers: Fun/Quirky Ties or Sports Related Gear
- Siblings: Depending on how your family operates or the amount of siblings that you have, you may want to skip a gift for them. Just kidding. You may not care too much about winning your siblings approval as much as your parents, but they matter too.
Sisters: I personally appreciate heartfelt gifts and I know that for most women as emotional creatures, they care for that too. One of my family friends who is basically a sister did something really unique for about 4-5 Christmases ago. Instead of a gift, she gave my biological sister and I a photoshoot session. Although we did not have the most professional cameras, the thought, memory making and bonding time paid off. We loved that gift. Maybe your not into photography. I believe your sister will appreciate a gift that allows you all to talk and experience memories together. So, maybe a “coupon” for a well planed GNO (Girls Night Out) where you take the tab for dinner. Think outside the box but make sure its from the heart.
Brothers: Well, I do not have a brother so this part is definitely my most challenging aspect to give advice upon. However, from what I’ve seen, guys tend to appreciate more straightforward, tangible gifts. So get your little brother that new gadget/toy he’s been blabbing about. Or if your brothers a music geek, buy him that album he’s been raving about. Make it something that interest them as opposed to generic items such as clothes or a gift card. They will appreciate something that sparks their curiosity much more.
3. Friends: Similar to siblings, some friendships do not require gift-giving as part of the relationship. But, if you want to show how appreciative you are of the friendship, a little present won’t hurt. With friends, simplicity is all that matters. You don’t have to go all out and spend a bunch of money on something extravagant. Going along with the sister-thing, sometimes friends just want to have quality time with you. Some ideas might be to plan a mini-roadtrip where you cover most of the expenses. Or maybe plan an at-home spa day.
4. Bae: For that significant other, it can be difficult finding something that’s “just right” for them. How I would advise you all would be to get something that is specific to them. That means, ditch the gift cards, and the cologne. In this scenario, heartfelt hand made gifts are not a bad idea. For example, making a scrap book of all the dates or pictures of dates that you’ve been on together will warm your boo’s heart. I do have to say, jewelry goes a long way for both genders. Matching rings, necklaces, bracelets, charms, etc, they’re all the quintessential way to exemplify your affection.
Overall, you don’t have to break the bank to get a nice gift. Christmas at the end of the day is about the love of the father for his children. I hope you bask in that esssence and joy of the season. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.