For the great gift givers, they are often well prepared and have their gifts selected, purchased and wrapped by the 30th of November. For the rest of us, I’ll see you down at the shopping centre on Christmas eve looking completely flustered (face palm and sigh).
So why do the people who are not so great at buying gifts struggle so much in this department. Is it because we leave it to the last minute? Do we not listen throughout the year when subtle clues are dropped? Or is it because we get caught up in the idea that we need to get people ‘things’?
It may well be all the above. However, living in such a consumerist society where it is increasingly difficult to keep up with the latest trends, buying material items for people can feel like you are simply adding more needless clutter to someone’s life in the hope that they feel loved by you.
Don’t get me wrong, if it is something that you know they really want or need, then great. If it is not something they really want or need then something with a deeper meaning or story behind it is a great option. There is a massive number of social enterprise businesses in Australia who are making meaningful impact across several sectors through the sale of their products. You can also reach out to a friend or a loved one of the person you are buying for and find out if they have any ideas. That thought goes a long way.
Failing the first two options, get something for someone that will create a great memory. Tickets to go and see a show or a band, maybe an interesting class of some description or a voucher to go for dinner at a fancy restaurant. Even if it’s something that they wouldn’t normally do, giving someone the ability to get out and just do something will always make for a good adventure and might even turn into a great story that they remember for a long time.In any case, the best piece of advice is to start thinking about it now and try not to leave the organising to the last minute.