Our Gift Guide
One of the biggest stressors for a lot of people at Christmas time is gift giving. There are usually one or two easy ones on your list, then there are the tricky ones. The obligatory gifts for people you don’t actually know all that well. The gifts for the awkward teens in your life who seem to hate everything except their phone. Or even the gifts with a price limit for things like gift exchanges or a family budget. Well, have no fear, because I’m here to solve your gift giving problems. Giving a great gift is so fun. I love watching someone’s face light up when they open the gift you knew they would love. And you don’t need to spend a ton of money or even put in a ton of time to achieve that. Here are some pointers.
- Skip the mall. Unless there is something specific that you are going to get there, when it comes to finishing up your list, or finding the best little stocking trinkets, I’ve often found you’ll have better luck with a unique gift shopping at a unique store. Take the holidays as an opportunity to support local and check out some of the smaller shops in your area. This is usually where you’ll find the neat things that you never knew you needed.
- Put some thought into it. No one wants a $4 candle from Bath and Body Works. No one. If you wouldn’t want to receive it as a gift, please, don’t give it as a gift. Even for people you don’t know very well, you can usually pick out at least one thing about them that equates to a thoughtful gift. Think heritage, habits, personal style, or hobbies. You usually know at least one of those things about a person, even someone you just met.
- Money doesn’t buy happiness. Spending a lot doesn’t make up for a thoughtless gift. Also, adding more crappy things to bulk up an already crappy gift is not going to help. No one wants three $4 candles from Bath and Body Works. It’s not better because you spent $12 instead $4. If a gift is thoughtful and appropriate, the price won’t matter.
Because I make it my life’s mission to make sure everyone is happy around the holidays, I am going to make this gift giving thing as easy for you as possible. Here is the 2016 Prickly Pear Casa Gift Giving Guide to help get your brain in gear. And if this isn’t helpful enough, always remember you can stop in the store or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you pick out the perfect present.
Jill Urbanoski is a wife, mother, communicator, cooker, snuggler, wine drinker, chocolate eater, shopper, positive thinker, philosophizer, and human, loving life in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada.