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With the holiday season finally upon us, you might be starting to feel that awful “what gifts am I going to get for them this year?” feeling. What are you going to get for the person that has everything? The person who says they don’t want or need anything? Some people are just plain hard-to-buy-for in general!

Four Tips to Nail Christmas Gift-Buying

You’ve used up all your ideas with past presents, but here are four tips you can use to nail this year’s gift(s).

No gift cards

Gift cards are easy to buy – but let’s face it, they’re boring! Plus, you already give the gift away in the first three seconds when you hand them a card and no gift-wrapped present. They also show that you didn’t put a lot of thought into the gift. So, gift cards should always be a last resort, and not the ‘go-to’ gift.

Make it practical

Nobody wants to give the gift that’s used once on Christmas day then shoved up in a cupboard, never to be touched again. Try and think of a problem that the gift receiver has and how you can help solve it. Does anything the person uses need an upgrade? Is there a gift you could buy that would help make their life easier?

Make it meaningful

This can be a tricky one, but making it meaningful will show that you’ve put a lot of thought into getting your loved one the perfect gift. You can do this through personalisation (this is huge in the gift buying industry nowadays), getting a gift that you can use photos with so that the person can relive some of their best memories, writing a heartfelt message or giving a gift that they can be creative with.

Support small and local businesses

Think; your local markets, gift shops, small businesses that you follow on social media, referrals from friends and more. Small businesses often have a great range of gifts that are unique and personalised. They will also usually go the extra mile and gift-wrap, write a handwritten card and offer express shipping.

In addition, you can support your local small businesses by liking and sharing their social media posts or writing a review for them. It doesn’t cost a cent! Overall, the most important thing is to understand the needs of your loved one (and, planning ahead always helps a little too).

If you follow these four gift-buying tips, you can’t go wrong!

Good luck and happy shopping.