Finding That Unique Gift for Your Unique Someone
What to buy...
Let's face it. Some people are simply hard to buy for. Whether it is because they have nearly everything under the sun, aren't interested in the 'usual' mainstream items, or you are just getting to know them, shopping for these people can be a challenge.
Handmade gifts are always a great way to let your friends know how much they mean to you! Even if you don't actually craft them yourself, the fact that you took the time to search for, or have it made, will definitely send the message that you care.
When I am looking for that perfect gift, the first thing I try and do is to personalize it. Anyone can buy a coffee maker or toaster - not saying those are bad examples, there have been times when those would have been gloriously accepted as the best gift ever. The point I'm trying to get across here is whether or not the recipient really needs a coffee maker or blender.
For the hard to buy for person on your list, sometimes an unusual Christmas gift is exactly what Santa ordered. Trust me on this - maybe the person you are buying for really needs a new kitchen appliance, or tools, and would be thrilled to receive them, but it's always nice to add something special that they can keep close to their hearts as a reminder of your thoughtfulness...
Finding that unique gift for a person who is difficult to buy for can seem like a daunting task. Instead of cruising the mall, checking out the usual fare, try seeking out small eclectic shops. You know the ones I am talking about - those shops with the strange names that you pass on your way to the mall.
The only catch is the time involved to search out those 'strange new worlds' and 'boldly go where no one has gone before'.
Unfortunately, the shopping trend is changing. Many people are now looking online for their products. They site time constraints, ease of purchase, no crowds and product availability as some of the reasons for the change. I have to agree, sometimes it is easier to simply point and click, and there are a lot of great sites to choose from. I admit to doing some of my shopping online.
However, nothing, in my view, can take the place of the that special feeling you get when you mingle with the crowds and experience the excitement of the holiday spirit.
One of my favorite places to shop for holiday gift giving is the local craft fair. Artisans from all over the province (or state, depending on where you hang your hat,) come out to show off their wares. The selection of gifts range from children's and baby gifts to specialty foods and beyond.
Almost everything is hand crafted, so not only are you guaranteed the items are good quality, you are also helping to support local artists, bakers, entrepreneurs and small business owners. In short, people like you and me. That alone is a gift worth giving.
Sometimes, the best way to show your feelings for that special someone is jewelry. But just because you have decided on a category, doesn't mean that you have to settle for the first bauble that you see.
Maybe that person already has enough earrings, or watches or necklaces than they know what to do with. I realize that a lot of women like to accessorize their outfits with matching jewels, but there are also those of us who don't.
There is nothing worse than finding what you consider to be the best gift ever, and having the recipient put it in a drawer or box and leaving it there on the pretext of having no place to wear it.
Gifts for Mom
One of the easiest people to buy for is Mom. Mom will always love whatever you give her, regardless of whether she really likes or wants it! But even Mom might appreciate something different than the usual knick-knack for Christmas.
How about something different this year - a trip (for those of you who can afford it,) free yard work for a year, cleaning services, a weekend getaway, spa day, movie nights, or a dinner, catered in her own home (complete with kitchen clean up!)
Yes, you can always buy her some jewelry, but make sure it is something that is tailored especially for her.
Speaking of special
If you are leaning towards a gift that will sit on a shelf, or be worn on special occasions, you might want to look at some Swarovski or Austrian crystals. They make absolutely gorgeous knick-knacks in glorious colors, and the necklaces and earrings are stunning to say the least.
I should warn you that some of these baubles come with a pretty heft price tag, so be prepared. However, if your Mom or special person loves these kinds of items, there are many different stores that carry them, including your local Costco.
Every time I pass a jewelry store I peek in to see their crystal collections! Maybe one of these days...
Personalized Christmas gifts
Believe it or not, wire wrapped jewelry was the mother of everything you see today! The roots of goldsmithing can be traced back to the Phoenicians who, it is believed, gave us the very first decorations women adorn themselves with today.
The Victorians took wire wrapping one step further - creating beautiful renditions of ladies names and initials in 14k gold. There are several online stores where you can find these creations, or learn how to make them yourself.
Last but not least...
No hub on gift giving would be complete without touching on time - or should that be timeless...
Everywhere I look today, I see incredible, sparkling time pieces. I was spoiled one Christmas and received a beautiful rose gold watch studded with rhinestones and crystals. Talk about bling!
I was a little concerned about the size as it was larger than any watch I had ever worn before. I was used to small, delicate, hard to read (especially at night) analogue watches. Today's styles are much larger, something I was not comfortable with, until, that is, I tried it on for the first time. Oh, my goodness - it was stunning. Now I wear it everywhere, and receive compliments on its beauty all the time...no pun intended!