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Most Popular Christmas Gift Ideas 2011

Updated on October 27, 2011

Finding the Right Gift

Did you know Amazon has a page dedicated specifically to helping you choose and select just the right gift for your family and friends?

Link: Amazon's Gift & Wish List Guide

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Wouldn't you agree that giving is a terrific feeling? And the good feelings are compounded and returned when careful thought goes into matching your present to the intended recipient. Taking the time to find the "Right" gifts shows you care. Taking the time to find just the right gift for the people on your list not only makes you feel good it implants memories of you all year long. Gift giving isn't so much about the gift but the way you make the person who is receiving the gift feel. And sometimes it's not easy finding just the right gift for the person who is hard to please or who has everything. And you want your gift giving to matter so a little help never hurts right?

How much money is spent each year on Christmas Gifts for people out of obligation? Have you ever been on the receiving end of a gift that apparently had no thought behind it? Have you ever purchased a gift out of obligation? I remember when I was a kid in school we had a gift exchange and nearly everyone got something they didn’t really want. Kids would give each other roll of lifesavers, a notebook or whatever. Now that was just school and low value low cost items so it didn’t mean much. But the people you care about expect you will know what they want even if sometimes you do not. Christmas gift giving can be tough.

Shopping for Christmas Gifts is not something everyone enjoys and sometimes it's very stressful. Regardless of your “means” if you are going to purchase a gift for someone it might as well be something they want and will appreciate wouldn't you agree? After all a welcome gift makes them feel better, and it makes you feel better. The “feeling” is what the Holiday Season is about, not the gift itself. So why not have a win/win this year?

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to get someone a gift of “reasonable” value; you know something more than $25 but less than $300? This can be further complicated because you may not have much of a budget but at the same time don't want to receive something great then have what you gave construed as not so great. It’s not pocket change, but it’s also significant enough that you don’t want to make a mistake. Perhaps you have a nieces and nephews (like I do), or a spouse that says “I don’t want anything this year”, or parents, or … the list of possibilities is quite large.

Why not just get a gift card? Because the worst thing you can do is buy “gift cards”. Gift cards are bad because they lock a person into a particular store, and they say “I don’t know enough about you, or care enough about you to buy you a truly meaningful gift”. Gift cards also often expire, get lost, etc. The only people that win from Gift Cards are the stores themselves. You might as well just give a card with cash if this is your plan. Gift cards are a cop out created by the retail industry to pad their own pockets. You may as well just give cash at least then you'll know it can be spent anywhere and won't expire.

Considerate Tips when Choosing Gifts:

1. Imagine the gift in action. Visualize the person you are giving the gift to and try to see them using the gift. If you can not imagine your loved one or friend using your gift then it probably isn't the right gift for them and you should select a different item.

2. Consider the benefits of the gift over time. Can you visualize your recipient using the gift months from now?

3. Can the gift be enjoyed by more than one person? Can the gift be shared?

4. Consider the quality… a gift that last reinforces the message of giving over time.


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  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    This is a good list of considerate tips. We do a gift exchange with our extended family with a $25 limit and the person lists 3 items they would like and sometimes they list gift cards which seems to bother other people. However, it has simplified Christmas and overall it works well. Other than that, I try to shop sales throughout the year and if I see something that I know someone would like I go on and buy it. Christmas is coming way too soon! Good hub.

  • MikeNV profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Henderson, NV

    According to a CNN Report in 2006 over $8 Billion in Gift Cards went unclaimed.

    Disagree all you want, the facts speak for themselves. Gift cards are NOT better than cash and have fees associated with them. Why bother throwing money away like that?

    The point that they are easy, means you didn't put thought into the "gift"... that's kind of the point of the article, to find the "Right" gift so that the "thought" sticks with the receiver. Anyone can throw money at someone.

    I realize most people who comment don't actually read articles they just scan them then make a comment and move on.

    Gift cards also expire.

    To each their own.

  • LindaSmith1 profile image


    7 years ago from USA

    I disagree about gift cards. I can go to Walmart, Kmart and purchase a gift card that is by Visa. The Visa card can be used anywhere,

  • stayingalivemoma profile image

    Valerie Washington 

    7 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

    I love giving gift cards!! They are so easy to deal with, no long lines and such!! Lottery tickets make great gifts too!!


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