The holiday season is among us, which means it’s time to channel your inner Santa. Whether it’s a sentimental homemade gesture or an extravagant, luxurious dream item, gift giving is a fun tradition that’s especially prominent this time of year.
And while gift giving can be an exciting ritual, it can also be extremely stressful – especially when you don’t know what to get for someone.
Some people are easy to shop for. They have a clear, defined style and you spend a lot of time with them so you know exactly what they love. They clearly express what they want and need and drop hints left and right so that when it comes down to the holiday season, you know exactly how to make them happy. Others are much more challenging.
No matter how close you are with a person, it can be tough to shop for the minimalist who isn’t huge on material items or the person that already has one of everything. You may spend hours observing them trying to pick up on some clues or hints as to what they might want, but there’s simply nothing to pick up on. Luckily, there are some life hacks that make stuffing those stockings a little less painful.
Oftentimes, even those people don’t know what they want or need. You’ll have to do a little digging beyond their favorite color or hobby to uncover the perfect gift. But with the right amount of research, you’re sure to find the gift that was made for them.
If you’re a believer of horoscopes, match their birthday to their star sign. Each zodiac sign is associated with a certain set of character traits that set them apart, use those to your advantage. Look into gift guides based on zodiac signs for some inspiration and then match those trends to your budget and recipient.
If all else fails, opt for something sentimental and handmade. These gifts can often mean much more to someone than any generic material item you can find in a store will. Homemade gifts show that you put significant thought and care into them, and they will save your wallet in the long run!
The important thing to remember during this time of year is that the spirit of the holiday is about much more than what gifts you give. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much money you spend or how much the person loves what you got them. It sounds cliche, but it really is the thought that counts.