Christmas is one of the most popular festivals that are celebrated across the world. It is so popular that even many non Christian countries celebrate it with a lot of pomp and joy. While the intricacies that surround Christmas are well known, most of us associate Christmas with gifts, Christmas trees, decorations and a whole lot of food. Most people worry about getting the perfect Christmas gift for their loved ones.
For a person like me getting the right gift for the right person is really really important. There are times when I find myself floundering through my lists (which I make weeks in advance). It is these lists that are my lifesavers. Making these notes are no easy task. So how does one sort through the vast expanse of options and find a perfect gift?
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT: Where did the tradition start?
The idea of giving the perfect Christmas gift can be traced to a number of events that took place through the years.
- The Birth of Jesus Christ was followed by the Magi who went to visit him. They came bearing gifts. The Magi came bearing gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold. In their opinion these gifts were the perfect gifts for the Christ child.
2. St Nicholas (also popularly know as Santa Claus) is the second persona that we link closely to the gift giving tradition of Christmas. Unlike the previous example, St. Nicolas did not receive gifts. He was known for giving gifts. In fact people still try to give their children the perfect Christmas gift in his name.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT: The Thought Process
Finding the perfect Christmas gift requires a lot of thought process. Many people have various ways of going about this. My way to do it is to form a list. The compilation of this list begins with all the people who I need to give gifts.
The lists are then sorted on the basis of familiarity. Family and close friends fill in the top slots while acquaintances and colleagues (mostly the people from the office) form the second list. Bear in mind that there can and will be an overlap because many people from the office can also be good friends.
With that done, I start looking for ideas based on what the person likes and o their interest and hobbies. Sorting through stuff according through age group can also be a great way to go about but it isn’t a fail safe option. I mean look at me… I’m almost 28 and yet I love video games! My Dad reads Enid Blyton books. Age does give broad parameters but remember that there are always exceptions.
That is why I personally feel that the perfect Christmas gift can be found by taking a look at the person’s interests, hobbies and personality. It is the same reason why we find it is easier to find the perfect gift for someone we know well and not for someone that we don’t.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT: A Gift Card?
There is much that you can give and yet there is little that you can find.
The perfect Christmas gift often feels like a myth but I can assure you that it isn’t. All it needs is a little time and consideration. People look at different ideas in different ways. Some people like use gift cards as gifts. This works well if you have a broad idea about what the person likes and yet do not understand/know anything about the specifics of the thing that the person wants.
If you aren’t even sure about the broad category that the person’s potential Christmas wishlist falls under, you can always choose a gift card that has a wide variety of items. Amazon offers some gift cards. You can even choose the denomination that you want to gift and you don’t have to stick to the standard list.
Gift cards are the easy way out. Let’s take a look at some other ideas that are both interesting as well as unique.
CHOOSING THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT ACCORDING TO A PERSON’S HOBBIES
A hobby is something that a person indulges in to pass their time and they derive pleasure from it. Many people have more than one hobby and it is up to us to identify which hobby would be best suited as an inspiration for a gift.
Let’s take a look at some of the popular hobbies and some unique gift ideas for people who enjoy them.
THE BOOK LOVER
To most getting a gift for a book lover may seem easy. Trust me it is not as easy as you think it is. I love books and i have been an avid reader since the time I was a child. I have to admit that I read more then than now but that is largely due to the time crunch that I am perpetually facing. Anyway… Here is a list of problem that you will encounter.
- You don’t know what genre of books the person reads.
- Okay so you know what genre of books they read but do you know which books, the person has already read? I take an hour or two to pick out books for myself. I wouldn’t dare pick out a book for someone else.
Yes, the problem is easily solved by using a gift certificate (and mind you I love those!) but for some it may lack the personal touch. So what are your options? Buy a kindle? That is also a good idea, provided the person doesn’t already have one.
There are however a list of gifts that could potentially be the perfect Christmas gift that you are looking for. Let’s take a sneak peek at them.
THE QUIRKY BOOKMARK
Bookmarks have always been a big part of a reader’s life. Toady’s world has a lot of different kinds of bookmarks which range from cute to quirky. Some bookmarks are standard and others not so much. Let’s look at a few.
1.The Metal Bookmarks
2.The Novelty Zipper Bookmark
3.The Plush Dog Bookmarks (For book lovers who are also animal lovers)
4.The Harry Potter Gryffindor Crest (For Harry Potter enthusiasts)
A number of cool t-shirts are available. Some with quotes and some with pictures. Take a look at this t-shirt which says ‘If you can read this shirt I was forced to put my books down and re-enter society’. I laughed so much when I read it!
Or even something simpler like this t-shirt that reads ‘Book Nerd’. These T-shirts are guaranteed to bring a smile to any book lover’s face. It isn’t a wonder that many people consider them the perfect Christmas gift.
Another option for a great Christmas present is a kindle cover. There are a number of designs that I found interesting. If you are looking for something light and comfortable, you can always try the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Case. There are some other options that caught my eye like the Finite Folio case.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THOSE WHO LOVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Finding the perfect gift for people who love the great outdoors is easy. These gifts can be easily divided into two sections: Experiences and articles that are useful for such expeditions.
People who love the great outdoors love to hike, camp, kayak, swim, snorkel and even scuba dive. Now these are just a few examples of sports that people find themselves engaging in.
When you look at experiences as the perfect Christmas gift, you will find that you can gift the person a course. Maybe a scuba diving certification course or a chance to fly a plane. There are so many experiences that make great gifts. Sign the person up for a hike or gift them a tour to a place that they have always wanted to visit. These gifts are thoughtful and are experiences that they will never forget.
If gifting experiences/adventures is not your cup of tea then you may want to look at some of these alternatives.
A backpack may not sound like the greatest gift. There are a variety of different kinds of backpacker backpacks available in the market. They have designs which are specific for both women and men. The backpacks have a variety of different openings: Top opening, front opening and even bottom opening. This allows you to divide your backpack in sections.
If you are looking for something a little funkier the you should have a look at the solar powered backpacks like the one in the picture below.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT: The Traveler
Now this is a group that my husband and I fit perfectly in. We love to travel. It’s like they say… Once the travel bug bites you are smitten for life. Finding the perfect gift for a traveler isn’t a difficult task. This year my husband and I decided to gift each other a vacation for Christmas. Our idea of the perfect Christmas gift is spending Christmas in another country.
Now this works for us but you can’t keep gifting every Tom Dick and Harry a travel ticket. So what do you do then? You dig into the following pile of ideas!
We have already discussed about the backpack in the previous set of idea so we won’t go into the details of it again. There are other ideas that also form perfectly good Christmas gifts. A great deal of these ideas focus on comfort. You will find that the neck pillow makes a great gift since most travelers spend a lot of time on one mode of transportation or the other.
The neck pillow isn’t the only thing that makes the journey easier. My husband loves earphones. He says that it blocks out the surrounding noise and helps him sleep better. If blocking out the ambient noise is a concern then nothing does it better than noise canceling earphones. A pair of wireless noise canceling earphones is even more attractive.
Moving to different countries usually means that the person will encounter different kinds of sockets. My husbands number one rule is never travel without an adapter. A small portable multiple pin adapter makes a perfect gift for people who do not know what to expect when they travel to new destinations.
Another gift that I personally feel is perfect is the Power bank. It ensures that the traveler never has to worry about his/her phone dying on them. In a world that relies on internet, phone calls and google maps, this power bank may very well appear to be a life saver.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT: The Collector
Collecting has always been a gold standard hobby. People collect stamps, coins and some people even collect bottle caps. Why just recently, a colleague asked my husband to get all the possible notes of our currency so that he could add it to his collection.
There are two things that form great gifts. Books to help the person sort through all their coins (or whatever else they collect). A number of different kinds of book help people understand the value of their collection.
My brother loves to collect coins. In order to help him organize his coins better I got him a coin album. Now he doesn’t have to worry about losing his collection.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT: The Writer/The Poet
Writers and poets have one thing in common… They come up with ideas in the weirdest places. I find that some of my most intriguing ideas always come to me in the shower. By the time I’m done having a bath the ideas are gone with the wind. That makes the Aqua notes a perfect Christmas gift for people like me. This means that no idea is lost.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THE GAME LOVER
A number of people of all ages love games. These games can be computer games, video games, mobile games, board games… The list goes on. The most popular obsession however are computer games. Let’s take a look at what would make a perfect Christmas gift for these people.
THE GAME CONTROLLER
There are all sorts of game controllers that are available in the market. If your friend loves to play computer games chances are that he already has one. To make this a perfect Christmas gift you need to be a little bit crafty. Instead of buying him/her a normal game controller buy a ‘Steam controller’. For those of you who don’t know what ‘Steam‘ is. It is a website that allows you to download all your favorite games for unbelievable prices.
THE FOLDING COMPUTER GAME CONTROLLER
I know that we already spoke about game controllers but I just had to mention the folding computer game controller. This controller is perfect for someone who travels a lot and still wants to play. The controller folds into a small box which takes little to no place in your bag making it the perfect Christmas gift!
THE SAITEK PRO X-56 CONTROLLER
If you really want to make someone’s Christmas then this is the controller that you should be considering. It is more expensive than the other controllers but if you can afford it then why not? It will certainly be appreciated!
The Saitek Pro X-56 controller is a complicated piece of machinery. It offers the gamer a multitude of customizable options. It enables precision and accuracy when playing the game.
THE WIRELESS GAMING MOUSE
A mouse is a mouse to the large majority of us but to the gamer it is not so. The wireless gaming mouse enables to perform a large number of functions simultaneously. This makes his/her gaming experience more pleasant and increases the odds of winning.
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR THE CRAFT LOVER
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for a person who loves craft is not easy. The problem however is not to do with the shortage of options but rather with the large number of them that one has. Let’s take a look at some functional ideas that do well as Christmas gifts.
THE GLUE GUN
The glue gun has always been one of my personal favorites. It helps you stick together items with little probability of them coming apart again. The glue gun works by using glue sticks.
The gun heats up as electricity passes through it. This heat melts the glue in the glue stick. The glue can easily be deposited on the surfaces that it is needed on. This particular method of sticking is particular useful when you are looking for something durable
THE CRAFT TAPE DISPENSER
One thing that always annoys me when I am on a crafting spree is tape. I always lose the end and I always land up messing it up. Unfortunately for me I don’t have a craft tape dispenser. That is the reason that I am certain that anyone who loves craft will appreciate this. I refuse to believe that I am the only one who battles with craft tape every time.
THE GLITTER SET
Some people cannot have enough of glitter. I on the other hand am not particularly fond of it. In case the recipient of your gift is particularly fond of glitter, it may be a good idea to give them a glitter set. The array of colors is bound to make it a perfect Christmas gift for them!
Finding the perfect Christmas gift is highly dependent on perspective. It is a reflection of how well you know the person. The better you know the person, the more likely you are to know the person’s likes and dislikes. I like to choose my gifts based on a person’s hobbies. In my opinion it is a sure fire way of finding the perfect Christmas gift!