It’s easy to leave Christmas shopping to other members of the family but it’s not always an option. Avoid the pre-Christmas panic shopping trip, with comes inclusive of crowds, queues and shops filled with items you can never find! This is one of the great things about the internet… sit down with a brew and put things in a basket from the comfort of your own home. Easy! Now all you have to do is decide what everyone wants…
If you can, get family members to save virtual wish lists with a few of their favourite items. It’s advisable not to do this with the children as they’ll save everything they lay their eyes on! But the other half, siblings and parents could give you a few hints without being disappointed they didn’t get everything on their list. If this isn’t an option, first of all set a budget for each member of the family. This will make it easier to choose who to buy what. For men you can’t go far wrong with a nice warm jumper for Christmas – whatever the budget. For women, buy clothes at your peril! Women’s clothes don’t come in standard sizes like men’s and choosing what fits is a minefield. To avoid offending your nearest and dearest go for something safer, such as a stylish watch or purse, or a festive beauty kit.
If your budget stretches up to £50-60 for closer members of the family, below are a few more expensive gift ideas. For men or teenagers, clothing, shoes or accessories are a great choice. Provided you know the style and personality of the recipient. You can also get some fun gadgets to play with over Christmas, which will be a welcome distraction from the terrible Christmas TV! For women, your budget will stretch to some good quality leather goods such as a satchel or handbag, or even an iPad case for those lucky enough to have one!
What will you be buying your loved ones this Christmas?
Sarah Leeds is a 20-something online fashion writer and expert gift buyer – mostly due to a fussy family and, over the years, countless terrible presents.