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Archive for March 25th, 2011

Shopping for the Perfect Holiday Presents for Family

Friday, March 25th, 2011

When shopping for holiday presents, it can be near to impossible to find the perfect item to give to a close friend or family member who seems to have it all. It can be even more difficult to find a present that has personal meaning. One simple idea that can make the holiday shopping process easier is to give family and friends personalized photo gifts. By giving photo gifts, it is guaranteed that it will be a unique and thoughtful present without being too expensive. If the person you are shopping for would not be pleased by a photography print, there are other options for inexpensive and personal presents.

Another idea for giving a thoughtful present to someone you love is to plan a collaboration present or basket. Especially if the person is about to go through a big life milestone or has some sort of future plans, it can be a lot of fun to create a basket around their plans. For example if the person is about to go to college, you could put together a basket with a sweatshirt from the college and some little items that are necessary for college (a roll of quarters for laundry, flip flops for the shower, a bathrobe, etc.).

Books are always a good option for the person who seems to have everything, especially if you make it very personal. One method for making a book a more thoughtful present is to find an older or original copy of the person’s favorite book. Another way to make books more personal is to find a signed copy of the person’s favorite book. This can be more difficult depending on how old or obscure the book is. However, if it is a contemporary author, it is worth looking into attempting to obtain a signed copy of the book.

A cute, thoughtful option especially for children to give to parents or older family is to help the child create a coupon book for the person. Start by having the child brainstorm what kind of tasks, chores, or favors he or she can do for the person. These can be little tasks like helping with the dishes, taking out the trash, or even giving the person a hug. Once the child has decided on the tasks, he or she can create little coupons and creatively put them together into some sort of booklet. This can be an adorable and thoughtful present to receive especially when being given by a son or daughter.