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Christmas gifts ideas are something that people are always thinking about even a year before Christmas. This is because most people want to find and purchase the perfect gift for a family member, friend or co-worker. Sometimes because it is hard to come up with Christmas gifts ideas families pick names out of a hat in order that each family member only has to come up with a Christmas gift for the person that he or she picked out of the hat.

Christmas gifts ideas usually comes the heart. But people are usually well acquainted with the people that they buy Christmas gifts for.

Baby gifts<

Baby gifts are for newborns to a baby that is a year old. Many shops have a large selection of baby gifts to choose from and nowadays there are online shops to purchase original baby gifts. In addition, buying baby gifts online may allow you to buy them at a discounted price compared to high street stores. Baby gifts can be expensive and sometimes a few family members are buying a bunch of baby gifts.

There are many types of baby gifts and there are baby gifts that are specific for girls and baby gifts that are specific for boys. In addition there are baby gifts that can given to either gender. Pregnant mothers often register for baby gifts for their baby showers. Baby showers occurs when mothers get many baby gifts for their newborn baby.
Here is a list of shops to help you purchase baby gifts.

  • Toys R Us
  • Babies R Us
  • Macy's
  • Target
  • Fao Schwartz
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Mervyn's
  • Strollers
  • Stuffed animals
  • Clothes
  • Blankets
  • Cribs
  • Soft toys
  • Educational toys
  • Baby Shower Gift
  • Baby Gift Baskets<
  • Baby lullaby music
  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Educational baby toys
  • Personalized name puzzle

Kids gifts<

Kids gifts are hard to buy because kids can be very picky. Kids sometimes know exactly what they want for any occasion because kids write many wish gift lists for their birthday and Christmas or Hanukkah. Kids like to start with their holiday gift list at the beginning of the year, usually in January and February. In addition, kids gift list usually change again and again throughout the year.

Kid's gifts are usually categorized by different age ranges. There are kid's gifts that range from newborn to teenager. Sometimes, it is advisable to take kids to the store to pick out kids' gifts. There are boy specific kid's gifts and girl specific kid's gifts, although society seems to be trying to get away from lumping kids gifts into gender specific categories. It used to be the case that boys liked to play with trucks and girls liked to play with dolls. However, nowadays, girls play with trucks and modeling clay and boys play with dolls from time to time. Here are some examples of great gifts for kids.

  • Model airplanes
  • Dolls, both collectibles and play dolls
  • Books, such as Harry Potter or James and the Giant Peach
  • Modeling clay and play-doh and sets to use with the clay and play-doh
  • Games, such as Candy land and Clue
  • Electronic games
  • Gift Ideas for kids:
  • Robot puppy or digital pet
  • Bratz stuff
  • Action figures (transformers)
  • Nintendo DS
  • Car racing track
  • Book sets from a serie
  • DVD sets from a serie
  • A telescope
  • Ice skates
  • Jewelry box
  • Entire art kit
  • Craft kits
  • Show tickets

Gift for Your Sister<

To Select a Gift for Your Sister is easy if you are her sister but if you are the brother you might be in need of some help. Through all the years of growing your sister and you have been the best of friends and despite the sibling rivalry, the seemingly constant scrapping you would not change her for the world. You have the option of buying her something totally bizarre or something that she has been longing for and wants to possess. Though the cost of the gift is immaterial as long as it is a gift that shows you care, it would be appreciated more if it is something expensive. Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying a gift for a sister.
A few suggestions

  • First thing to do before buying the gift is to find out what your sister is really interested in. If you know what she wants, it makes choosing a gift that much easier.
  • If you cannot make any intelligent guesses go ahead and ask her straight on. It is better to enquire than to give her something that she has no use for and would not appreciate.
  • If you are her brother and you want to keep the gift a secret then the next best thing would be to find out from your girl friends about things that girls generally like.
  • Give her something that you both would enjoy doing together like tickets to a concert or a visit to the spa.
  • A really nice gift would be for you to give her with a frame of a collage of all the photos of both you growing up together over the years
  • If she is the sentimental type, make her something yourself. Knit a sweater or crotchet a scarf or bake a cake, she will love it.
  • Throw a surprise party for her and invite all her friends and family, she will be bowled over.

Do's

  • Gift wrap the present attractively. Most people really appreciate the thoughtfulness and the extra effort of a gift wrapped and tied with a ribbon or a bow.

Don'ts

  • Don’t buy a gift if you are unsure. Give her gift certificate (to her favorite spa or beauty salon) instead, it will be appreciated.

Gift Ideas for your Sister:

  • Makover Experience
  • Model Photography Shoot
  • Day Spa Package
  • Clothes
  • Jewelry
  • Perfumes
  • Chocolates
  • Soft toys
  • Gold and diamond jewelry
  • Precious and semi precious stones
  • Fashion clothes, shoes and handbags
  • Puppy
  • Laptop

Gift for your Brother<

To Select a Gift for Your Brother can become a fulfilling undertaking because brothers are special people and you need to let them know how much you care.

Then again, it is not easy to objectively choose a gift for someone who is so close to your heart. It is better to buy him something that he has been yearning for, or something that he wants but does not want to spend money on (something flamboyant and flashy). If buying for a younger brother then something expensive would be appreciated but if buying for a brother older to you, sentiments become more important than the cost of the gift. So if you want to give your brother the best gift ever, then we have some options for you.

A few gift suggestions

  • Before actually buying the gift it is better to find out what your brother is really interested in. Is it books, sports, music or something else altogether. If you know exactly what he wants, then your task becomes that much easier.
  • If you are unsure of his taste and preference, there is no harm in asking him what he would like. It is better than to give him something that he has no use for and would not appreciate.
  • If the gift is for a younger brother who is a gadget freak you could give him a radio-controlled airplane, a laser tag set, a toy train table or storage drawers.
  • If the gift is for an older brother, give him something that you both would enjoy doing together like paying for taking a local fishing trip, playing a round of golf or tickets of some other activity that he likes.
  • A very thoughtful gift would be for you to make arrangements for a surprise party and invite the family and all his friends.
  • A brother would love a personalized gift that expresses your love and affection for him. A personalized birthday cake, personalized t-shirts, photo jigsaw puzzles or a laser engraved iPods make excellent gifts.

Do’s

  • Do avoid falling into the trap of gifting gag gifts that end up in the trash and take care to gift wrap the present attractively.

Don’ts

  • Don’t buy a gift if you are unsure. Give him a gift certificate instead; it will be appreciated.

More gift ideas for a brother

  • Sport Tickets
  • Memorabilia
  • Sport equipment
  • Big Brother Sibling T Shirt
  • Bungee Jumping coupon
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Recording Studio Taster
  • Helicopter Flying
  • F1 Experience
  • Clothes on latest trends and fashion
  • Watch

Gift for Your Mother<

To select a gift for your mother is one of the easiest tasks since moms love almost everything that their kids buy and also because there is a lot of variety of women’s gifts in the market. Despite that it makes more sense for you to spend time and effort to buy your mother a gift which she will really appreciate. You could buy her something that she has been longing for or you could do the unexpected and surprise her with something totally bizarre. The cost of the gift is immaterial as long as it is a gift that shows you care. Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying a gift for your best friend – your mom.

A few suggestions

  • First thing to do before buying the gift is to find out what your mother really wants. If you know her needs and requirements your quest becomes easier.
  • If you feel a little unsure of yourself, there is no harm in asking her what she would like. It is better to ask than to give her something she has no use for.
  • Give her something that you both would enjoy doing together like tickets to a concert or a pampering visit to the spa and beauty saloon of her choice.
  • Present her with a gift basket full of her favorite perfume, bath oil, lotion, body powder and/or bubble bath, toiletries and other beauty products
  • Make something for her with your own hands, anything. Mothers are happiest if they get something that you have made yourself. So get busy – bake a cake, knit a sweater, crochet a scarf or paint her a picture. Check the internet for ideas.
  • Buy her a kitchen appliance that she has been saving for and show that you are a caring and a thoughtful child.
  • Pamper her with a gift of some jewelry – a pendant or a brooch or anything else that you can afford. Take care to see that it is not tacky.

Do's

  • Gift wrap the present attractively. Everyone likes the excitement of tearing the wrapping paper open to take out the gift. Most people really appreciate the thoughtfulness and the extra effort of a gift wrapped and tied with a ribbon or a bow.

Don'ts

Don’t buy a gift if you are unsure. Give her gift certificate instead to her favorite clothing store or home store and it will be appreciated.

Gift Ideas for your Mom:

  • Makeover Experience
  • Spa package
  • Cruise
  • Bath and body sets
  • Perfumes
  • Concert tickets<

Gift for Your Dad<

To Select a Gift for Your Dad, your very special man, is not as easy as you think because dads can be very choosy when it comes to accepting gifts. You think you know them so buying a gift for them seems deceptively easy but dads are fussy and like their gifts just so specially from the people they care most about, unless and until it is something that you have made yourself. Then they are proud of your gift and consider it perfect. So you know that with dads the cost of the gift is immaterial, it is the thought and the love – the magic ingredients that go into making the perfect recipe for a perfect gift.

A few suggestions

  • Before actually buying the gift it is better to find out what your father is really interested in, in a gift. Is it books, sports item, music or something else altogether. If you know exactly what he wants, then your task becomes that much easier.
  • Another cool gift to get for dad is to hire a gardener or a landscape artist to help him in his garden and shape his yard for him for as long as you can afford.
  • You father would be thrilled if you give him a gift basket full of his favorite foods, wines or even toiletries.
  • Gift him something that you both would enjoy doing together like paying for taking a local fishing trip, playing a round of golf or tickets of some activity that he likes.
  • A really thoughtful gift would be to present him with your family tree to as far back as you can trace it or if you cannot manage that then a collage or a family album of old photos organized in order comes a good second.
  • Make something for him with your own hands, anything. Bake a cake, knit a sweater, build a bird house or paint him a picture – he will be thrilled to bits.

Do's

  • Gift wrap the present attractively. Even grown ups and old people like the excitement of tearing the wrapping paper open to take out the gift.

Don'ts

  • Don’t buy a gift if you are unsure. Gift him a gift certificate instead, (of a bookstore, clothing store, golf shop, garden shop, his favorite restaurant or his favorite music store), it will be appreciated.

Gift Ideas for your Dad:

  • Race Car Trial
  • Theater tickets<
  • Books related to the subject they like to read
  • Annual subscription to their favorite magazine
  • Digital camera or video camcorder
  • Sport or celebrity memorabilia
  • Garden stuff

Gift for Your Grandmother<

To Select a Gift for Your Grandmother can become fraught with difficulties because grandmothers don’t really want for anything and are generally very sentimental. A Grandmother is very like a granddad; she knows you love her and loves to be pampered and looked after though putting on an act of not caring too much. She likes to be fussed over and made much of, something that you need to remember when buying a gift for her.

She too will prefer a practical gift to an impractical one but unlike grandfathers will secretly appreciate an expensive gift more than a less expensive one. Of course, if you make something for her yourself, you will have given her the best gift in the world. Here are a few tips on giving your grandmother a gift to remember and cherish.

A few suggestions

  • Before actually buying the gift it is better to find out what your grandmother really wants.
  • Gift a prepaid phone card so that she is able to talk to you and your siblings without worrying about a whopping phone bill.
  • Gift a subscription (for as long you can afford) for her favorite magazine or buy her a book about a subject that she is interested in. Be thoughtful and chose a large print.
  • Present her with a gift basket full of her favorite foods, toiletries or beauty products.
  • Put together a book (a scrap book would serve the purpose) about her life. Be sure to include pictures, newspaper cuttings and letters from old friends.
  • If she likes jewelry give her with a pendant or a brooch or anything else that you can afford. Take care to see that it is not tacky.
  • Make something for her with your own hands, anything - bake a cake, knit a sweater, crochet a scarf, or paint her a picture.

Do's

  • Gift wrap the present attractively. Even grown ups and old people like the excitement of tearing the wrapping paper open to take out the gift.
  • To choose a gift, keep in mind her personality, special needs and interests.

Don'ts

  • Give her a gift certificate if you are unsure of what to get. She would enjoy a day at the spa or a gift of a manicure, pedicure or hair styling so get a gift certificate of her favorite salon.

Gift Ideas for your Grandma:

  • Classic Lunch Cruise
  • Spa Day
  • Hot Air Ballooning day
  • Theater tickets

 Gift for Your Grandfather<

To Select a Gift for Your Grandfather can be a very tricky business because grandfathers don’t really want for anything and can become quite fussy about what they do get. Granddads are a tad different from dads, he knows you love him but needs to be reassured of it and is always testing you. He will presumably have none of you but actually wants to be fussed over and made much of, something that you need to remember when buying him a gift. Grandfathers appreciate practical gifts more than expensive ones and if you buy your granddad something that he wants or better still make something for him yourself, you will have given him the best gift in the world. Here are a few tips on giving your granddad a gift to remember and cherish.

A few suggestions

  • Before actually buying the gift it is better to find out what your grandfather really wants. Even if it something as mundane as a snow shovel get it for him.
  • Gift your granddad a prepaid phone card so that he is able to talk to you and your siblings without running up his phone bill.
  • Give him with a year’s subscription (or as much as you can afford) for his favorite magazine or buy him a book about a subject that he is interested in. It would show thoughtfulness if you chose the large print.
  • Present him with a gift basket full of his favorite foods, wines or even toiletries.
  • Give him something that you both would enjoy doing together like paying for taking a local fishing trip, playing a round of golf or tickets of some activity that he likes.
  • A really thoughtful gift would be to present him with your family tree to as far back as you can trace it or if you cannot manage that then put together a collage or a family album of old photos organized in order.
  • Make something for him with your own hands, anything. Bake a cake, knit a sweater, build a bird house or paint him a picture and find yourself elevated to the enviable position of the favorite grandchild.

Do's

  • Gift wrap the present attractively. Even grown ups and old people like the excitement of tearing the wrapping paper open to take out the gift.

Don'ts

  • Don’t buy a gift if you are unsure. Give him a gift certificate instead, (of a bookstore, clothing store, golf shop, garden shop, his favorite restaurant or his favorite music store), it will be appreciated.

Gift Ideas for your Grandpa:

  • Digital photo frame (LCD)
  • Learn To Play Golf
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Magazine subscription
  • Vacation
  • Household stuff

Gift for Your Wife<

Choosing a Gift for Your Wife can be quite stressful since you want to buy something that she needs but feel that it should also portray the love that you have for her. The truth of the matter is that even after spending many years with her she can still surprise you and you are still not sure of what her likes and dislikes are. The essence lies in getting her something that is romantic and impractical, because the essentials in the house she can go and buy herself. The cost of the gift is immaterial as long as it is a gift that shows you care. Here are some tips to keep in mind when buying a gift for your better half.

A few suggestions

  • First thing to do before buying the gift is to gauge what your wife would like for a gift. If you know what she wants and is interested in your quest becomes easier.
  • If you feel a little unsure of yourself, there is no harm in asking her but keep this option as the last resort. Wives expect you to know what they want and like a little mystery and enjoy surprises, especially if husbands are at the giving end.
  • Give her something that you both would enjoy doing together like tickets to a concert or a romantic getaway for a weekend.
  • A romantic gift is always a winner so opt for long stemmed red roses in a crystal vase or a sexy lingerie over a set of dining table mats, however exquisite.
  • You can never go wrong with a gift basket full of her favorite perfume, bath oil, lotion, body powder toiletries and other beauty products.

Do's

  • Gift wrap the present attractively, she will really appreciate the thoughtfulness and the extra effort of a gift wrapped and tied with a ribbon or a bow

Don'ts

  • Do not buy a practical gift. However much you think your wife needs a new mixer grinder, do not let your good sense get the better of you.
  • Don’t get her a gift certificate unless and until you are sure that that is what she wants and then too make sure it is of her favorite clothing store.

Gift Ideas for Her:

  • Jewelry
  • Bath & Shower Gift Baskets
  • Candles
  • Fragrances
  • Fragrance Sets
  • Makeup Sets
  • Skin Care Sets
  • Vacation
  • Spa package
  • Theater Tickets

Gifts for men<

Picking Christmas gifts for men can be easy if you are a woman but if you are a man picking a Christmas gift for say your dad or uncle, you might not have a clue what Christmas gift to shop for.

Chocolate Gifts

Some men are happy with inexpensive presents, there is a theory that a gift consisting of something to eat, something to drink and something to read will keep you in their good books for the entire Christmas holidays. So with that theory in mind you might want to buy your dad or brother a nice box of Christmas chocolates such as a box of Just Truffles if he has a sweet tooth or a Dark bar of chocolate if he likes it rich. A decent sized box that is nicely presented and gift wrapped will show him that you didn’t just grab the nearest box of after dinner mints of the shop shelf. Buying from a chocolatier will show that you have considered his Christmas present.
A bottle of whiskey or wine
For something to drink well a good bottle of whiskey or wine will be appreciated to see in the new year or it might be drunk before the end of Christmas day!! You could combine both food and drink with an ultimate Christmas hamper which consists of a wide selection of novelty Christmas chocolates and a bottle of wine. And lastly for something to read a good book of course, whether it be an autobiography, the latest car manual or a joke book there is always a book guaranteed to please.

Toiletry

Aside from buying your loved one a man-sized box of chocolates or litre of whiskey you could go for some of the more popular Christmas gifts for men such as aftershave which often come as a set at this time of year, and the set may consist of aftershave, deodorant, and after shave balm or you could get him a novelty Santa set that might include shaving cream, razor and flannel.

Funky Socks

Most men cant escape the sock, tie and boxer short presents, mainly from mothers and grandmothers, there almost certain to find a cartoon character pair of socks in their Santa stocking.

Christmas breaks

If you have decided to escape the hassle of Christmas and leave the family behind to tend to their own xmas dinner. A three day break is a great Christmas gift for men. You could surprise him with a golfing weekend, or a city Christmas break to New York for a bit of sightseeing and shopping or you might just decide to stay in a hotel and relax with a glass or three of champagne and stuff your face with the room service hamper you ordered for his Christmas present.

More gifts ideas for Him

  • Perfumes, shaving kit and deodorant
  • Sunglasses
  • Something related to his interests and hobbies
  • Personalized bracelet
  • New technology products
  • Vacation to his favorite destination
  • iPhone, iPod, MP3 player.
  • Sport memorabilia
  • Sport Tickets

Gift for a friend<

To select a gift for a friend, a gift that you think is perfect and truly reflects your feelings, is not easy to come by. You may spend days, even weeks, looking for the perfect gift for a close friend but friends are precious and you want to show you care for and love them by giving them an occasional gift. If you are foxed about what to get, here are some tips to keep in mind when buying a gift for a friend.

A few suggestions

  • 1First thing to do before buying the gift is to find out what your friend is really interested in. Is it books, sports, music or something else altogether. If you know their likes and interests your quest becomes easier.
  • Then again you must set a price limit. The rule of thumb is - the older the friend the more expensive the gift. Of course if the gift is very thoughtful or something that you have made yourself (like a sweater or a crocheted tablecloth) then the price becomes unimportant.
  • Gift-wrap the present attractively. Even old people like the excitement of tearing the wrapping paper off to take out the gift. Most people really appreciate the thoughtfulness and the extra effort of a gift wrapped and tied with a ribbon or a bow.
  • Try to give the gift to your friend yourself. Sending it through the courier is not the same thing. Of course if you live in different cities then you have to depend on the post for delivery.

Do's

  • Always include the receipt in case your friend needs to return the gift.

Don'ts

  • Don't buy clothes unless you are really sure of the size and the taste because most people are very clear and specific about the kind of clothes that they want to wear.

Gift Ideas for your friends:

  • Photo Frame
  • Decorative Coffee Mug
  • Home made Stationary items
  • Chocolate, cookies, cakes gift basket
  • Personalized Towels
  • Clothes
  • Music CD
  • Ticket to a sports event or concert

Gift for your assistant at office<

To get a Christmas gift for your assistant at office is an appropriate way of letting him/ her know that you care and appreciate. It is possible to remain impersonal with your secretary and still show how much you value their worth by getting them a present. Here are some ideas about what to give your subordinate for Christmas.

A few suggestions

  • First and foremost, set a budget for the gift. Take care not too spend too much on the gift or you might end up embarrassing your assistant.
  • Second, try and find out what your assistant's likes and interests are and get them something in that line. Christmas gift certificates are considered an ideal gift for an assistant. He/ she would be able to select the gift appropriately if you give them a gift certificate of a favorite book or a music store.
  • Stay away from buying anything that is intimate. Lingerie, jewelry, perfume, clothes etc are an absolute no-no.
  • Another ideal gift for an assistant is a Christmas gift basket. For example, if you offer a chocolate gift basket then it should be filled with chocolate candies, cakes or cookies.
  • A popular general gift is to give an electronic gadget or a coupon from a popular restaurant for a dinner for two or even a day at the spa.

Do's

  • Include a card with your gift telling the assistant how much you appreciate their presence and help.

Don'ts

  • Do not give gifts that have anything to do with the job that the assistant is holding like a Dictaphone or a new printer etc.

Gift Ideas for your coworker:

  • Chocolate boxes
  • Candies
  • Cakes and cookies
  • Wine bottles
  • Beer bottles
  • Christmas gift baskets
  • Magazine subscription

How to give a gift certificate<

To give a gift certificate is an exceptional idea because from celebrating birthdays, graduations and weddings to stimulating elevated work performance - gift certificates are the perfect solution for any special occasion and are always a delight to receive. Gift certificates are purchased by people to be given as gifts in place of a precise item. They only become part of the retail sales figures when they are traded in. Gift certificates make extremely good sense for fussy or difficult people, people whose choice you are unaware of or people with whom you need to maintain an impersonal relationship. Here are some helpful hints to make the right choice when buying a gift certificate.

A few suggestions

  • First and foremost, decide upon an amount that you would like to spend on the certificate. The best thing about a gift certificate is that you can never spend more than you intended to (as one tends to do when buying a gift).
  • Next, find out the recipient's likes and interests so as to be able to gift a certificate in keeping with their pastime or leisure activity.
  • Some popular gift certificate examples include gift cards of a local electronics store, craft store certificates, bookstore certificates or cards to a favorite music store.
  •  Not all certificates need to be for tangible things, gift cards of various service sectors are equally welcome. Thus, car wash coupons, food service tickets, movie passes or a visit to a spa or salon is a perfect gift for many friends and colleagues.

Do's

  • Send the gift certificate along with a greeting card.
  •  Check to ensure that the store has a branch in the recipient's town (in case you are sending the certificate long distance).

Don'ts

  • Do not give gift certificates to your loved ones. Remember that gift certificates have a formal air and you should take more care (and time) when shopping for people close to you.

Gift Ideas for your neighbor:

  • Packages of gourmet coffee or tea
  • A restaurant gift certificate
  • Certificate for a massage
  • A lawn package
  • Christmas greeting cards
  • Christmas food gift basket
  •  Wine bottles or champagne

Giufts for a teens<

To choose a magazine subscription for a teens can be a very difficult proposition in this day and age of information explosion when there are probably more teen magazines on the net and on stands than there are people reading them. Even considering the fact that today's teen is better informed than most adults, you still need to instill in them the habit of reading so that it becomes a life long routine. It is going to be mind boggling to make the correct choice but here are a few handy tips to guide you.

A few suggestions

  • First and foremost, take into account the age of the teenager as well as the gender. This will help you choose the subscription that you want to gift. A good way to begin would be to start the young person on either 'Seventeen' or 'Teen'.
  • Find out what the teen is interested in. If you discover that his/ her leisure pursuit includes nature, a subscription to 'The National Geographic' should be the natural choice.
  • Another excellent magazine that has lost its popularity to new entrants is 'The Reader's Digest'. Even though it is over 50 years old, the magazine still maintains its original flavor of capturing the essence of life and the living. Gifting your teen an year's subscription of this magazine could well be the turning point of his/ her life.
  • A teen who is confident and seems to be well adjusted in school, at home as well as socially would love the help that a magazine like 'Positive Teens" can give him/ her.
  • Young teenage girls would enjoy reading 'Twist', 'YM' or 'Jump' and it would be best to gift a sports enthusiast a subscription of 'Sports Illustrated' or 'ESPN'. Similarly, music lovers would be excited about 'Rolling Stone' or 'Guitar'.

Do's

  • Remember, teens are already little adults with clear likes and preferences and your gift would be most appreciated if it is in keeping with their interests.

Don'ts

  • Don't try to force your likes and hobbies on the teens. Let them make their own choice according to what they want to do.

Beauty & Wellness<

To purchase a perfume as a gift can be fraught with risks because the personal preferences vacillate drastically from person to person. Try to do it only if you are absolutely sure about the recipient's likes and dislikes. Having said that, it is only fair to add that perfumes make excellent gifts and are always welcome. In fact if your gift is a branded product then rest assured it is going to be very well received. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when buying perfume as a gift.

A few suggestions

  • Check out the kind of fragrance that the recipient likes. Does the lady like flowery perfumes or is it the tangy kinds that she prefers? Does she go for musk or does she have a preference for an earthy oriental perfume? You could check her dressing table or find out casually while making small talk.
  • Buy the perfume in the aroma that the lady prefers. In fact you could buy anything else that takes your fancy in that perfume - like a bottle of bath salts, body oil or even soaps.
  • Do not make up your mind in a hurry. Check out not only the big stores but also the neighborhood pharmacy; most times you can get a very good bargain at such places. These days the internet has become quite popular for shopping for perfumes.
  • Do take into account the person's age when choosing a perfume. A young person would prefer something light and flighty as compared to an older individual who would not be averse to a heavy oriental perfume.

Do's

  • Make sure that the exchange policy of the store is favorable. You do not want the recipient to end up with a product that she will never wear and cannot exchange.

Don'ts

  • Don't buy perfume for a person who normally does not wear perfume or tends to stay away from any strong smells. You never know, she may be allergic to certain fragrances.

Books & Magazines<

To choose a magazine subscription for a teens can be a very difficult proposition in this day and age of information explosion when there are probably more teen magazines on the net and on stands than there are people reading them. Even considering the fact that today's teen is better informed than most adults, you still need to instill in them the habit of reading so that it becomes a life long routine. It is going to be mind boggling to make the correct choice but here are a few handy tips to guide you.

A few suggestions

  • First and foremost, take into account the age of the teenager as well as the gender. This will help you choose the subscription that you want to gift. A good way to begin would be to start the young person on either 'Seventeen' or 'Teen'.
  • Find out what the teen is interested in. If you discover that his/ her leisure pursuit includes nature, a subscription to 'The National Geographic' should be the natural choice.
  • Another excellent magazine that has lost its popularity to new entrants is 'The Reader's Digest'. Even though it is over 50 years old, the magazine still maintains its original flavor of capturing the essence of life and the living. Gifting your teen an year's subscription of this magazine could well be the turning point of his/ her life.
  • A teen who is confident and seems to be well adjusted in school, at home as well as socially would love the help that a magazine like 'Positive Teens" can give him/ her.
  • Young teenage girls would enjoy reading 'Twist', 'YM' or 'Jump' and it would be best to gift a sports enthusiast a subscription of 'Sports Illustrated' or 'ESPN'. Similarly, music lovers would be excited about 'Rolling Stone' or 'Guitar'.

Do's

  • Remember, teens are already little adults with clear likes and preferences and your gift would be most appreciated if it is in keeping with their interests.

Don'ts

  • Don't try to force your likes and hobbies on the teens. Let them make their own choice according to what they want to do.

  Electronics<

How to buy a radio control model of a ship
To buy a radio control model of a ship for yourself or for someone who is passionate about the sea is an excellent idea. The gift will be appreciated even more if the recipient is an ardent collector of radio control ship models. Here are some handy hints to help you choose a ship model that is just right for you or the person whom you want to gift it to.

A few suggestions

  • First and foremost, fix a budget because prices can vary. The cheapest models start at the rock bottom prices of 40 dollars and can go up to hundreds of dollars for state of the art models.
  • Next, ascertain the dexterity that the recipient has with a model of a sailing ship. Are they new to it or is it an old and favorite hobby? The ship model that you will ultimately purchase will depend upon all these things.
  • In case the person is an old hand in sailing ship models and has a set, you will have to check his/ her collection to ensure that the model you finally choose is not already a part of it.
  • You can buy the ship model along with the motor and control package which costs considerably more than if you just buy the model. This allows you to have a wider variety of models to choose from.
  • If the recipient likes to build his/ her own models then the best thing would be to gift them a package that requires assembly. Some packages need to be worked at from scratch while others just need putting together. Ascertain your recipient's skill level before investing in a model building package.

Do's

  • Check with the store assistant and find out the details of the model that you are buying. This will allow you to form an opinion about the complexity of the model and the recipient's dexterity in handling it.

Don'ts

  • Do not gift a ship model to a person who just dabbles in different hobbies and does not really love the outdoors, which is a prerequisite.

Flowers<

Sending flowers to your loved ones no longer need involve visiting different stores and choosing flowers, now this task is just a finger click away. To shop for flowers on the net can be fun and saves time and effort of visiting the store at the last moment. You can also shop at your own leisure and take advantage of the deals that are available online from time to time. The mindset of considering store shopping a grade better than online shopping can be overcome by starting with something small and easy as shopping for flowers. Here are some guidelines to get over this initial inhibition and make some great purchases.

A few suggestions

  • If you do not have any idea about which sites to visit to check for flowers, simply key in the words buy flowers or send flowers or something more specific in any search engine. (Google and Yahoo are the most popular)
  • Go through various sites and check their different items before finally making a decision. Most sites stock other things like wrapping paper, beautiful vases and laces and ribbons besides flowers.
  • If you see some arrangement that you particularly like, enlarge the image to get the correct feel.
  • Read all the product updates and make a note of the number of flowers included in each bunch, the color and arrangement and also of other deals contained within the offer.
  • Add the product of your choice to the cart along with anything else that you fancy and total the amount after taking into account all the other expenses like taxes, handling and shipping. Follow the directions on the site to select and deliver the flowers of your choice.

Do's

  • Buy the flowers from only reputed sites so as to not be duped.
  • Remember to take into account all expenses when calculating the total.
  • Keep your credit card on the ready to enter the accounting information to process the order.

Don'ts

  • Don’t make up your mind in a hurry. Go through different sites, many sites include shipping or some deals in their offer.

Food <

How to send a box of chocolates to someone you love
To send a box of chocolates to someone you love is the best way of telling them that you love and care for them. Chocolates are a very intimate and personal gift and should not be given as a gift to a casual acquaintance; it might send them wrong signals. Then again, gifting chocolates is the finest way of letting your feelings known and if your loved one is far away from you then chocolates convey to them the message that you are missing them. Here are some things to keep in mind while sending chocolates as a gift to someone.

A few suggestions

  • The best way to deliver the chocolates is to do it yourself. Not only does this ensure that the chocolates will reach soundly and safely but you also get to be thanked in person which is definitely preferable to being thanked long distance.
  • If it is really not possible for you to deliver the gift yourself, have someone you trust do it on your behalf. It may be a friend or a colleague or even a delivery service.
  • You could alternatively send a hamper in a basket. Apart from the chocolates this hamper can include a teddy bear, a singing card, and the latest in romantic fiction or some such treat.
  • Such a basket hamper can be found in a traditional store as well as on the net. Do not make up your mind in a hurry, look at different options and surf the net using your preferred search engine. These days there are many online stores which not only sell the hamper but also make the delivery for a nominal extra charge.

Do's

  • It is also a good idea to send a gift certificate instead. The recipient will be able to buy chocolates of his/ her own choice and you will be sure that the gift is appreciated.

Don'ts

  • Don't send chocolates to a person who you know suffers from different kinds of food allergies because many times the chocolates are filled with nuts or liqueur.

Garden & Outdoors<

To purchase garden art as a gift is an excellent idea if the gift is meant for a person who not only has a large garden but who likes to dress it up. There was a time when garden art was limited to cherubs and angels spouting water or maidens simpering in the sun. Nowadays functional or practical things like a patio bench or a sun dial is also termed as garden art. Here are some tips for choosing a garden art as a gift.

A few suggestions

  • It is not easy to find good garden art so you might have to spend some time looking for it. You could begin by checking the home and garden stores around your home and on the internet. Sometimes you might find some nice piece at a garage sale or at a holiday art fair.
  • You can get garden art for as little as $10 or $15 at a second hand sale while a good original piece can cost you anything from hundred dollars to ten thousand dollars. So set your budget and try and look for something that suits your financial plans.
  • You will be spoilt for choice. As compared to a few years ago garden art today has expanded to include all kinds of functional items. Now, along with ubiquitous statues you have patio benches, ornate garden chairs, bird baths and feeds, sun dials and many more.
  • Do not compromise on quality. A lot of garden art is bucolic and countrified. This does not mean that it is of substandard quality and tacky. Buy something small, if your finances do not permit you to be expansive but buy the best.

Do's

  • Since it is difficult to wrap a big piece, just deliver it to the garden of the recipient with a big bow tied around it.

Don'ts

  • Do not forget to include the receipt or the address of the store in case the recipient needs to exchange it.

How to buy the ideal Christmas tree?<

To buy the ideal Christmas tree is a big event in most families' pre-holiday gearing up. If you know the difference between various kinds of species, how to judge a tree according to its different features, and to zero in on the freshest tree available, then the purchase for that 'just right tree' becomes that much easier. If you are not aware of such finer details then you have to either depend upon the store assistant's view (which is by and large sound) or take this short lesson tour.
Few guidelines

  • The first thing to decide is the type of tree you want, there are about 10 to 12 different varieties of firs that are used as Christmas trees of which the Douglas fir and the Scotch fir are most preferred.
  • Determine where in your home you want your Christmas tree to be displayed because only then will you be able to calculate what height you will need and whether all four sides must be suitable for display. You should select a tree that is the right height and foliage for the space you have chosen for it.
  • Freshness is the key factor that determines the final selection. If, when running your finger down a branch, the needles hold fast to each shoot you can conclude that the tree is fresh.
  • If you buy your tree a few days before it will be decorated, store it outside. Make a cut in the trunk of the tree about one inch above the original cut to open the pores and aid in the absorption of water. Place the tree so that the cut part is submerged within the water. Refill the container daily as the tree requires a lot of water.

Do's

  • Sprinkle water on the branches and needles before you decorate the tree to help retain freshness.
  • Be sure to place the tree away from fireplaces, radiators, electric heaters, televisions or any other source of heat.

Don'ts

  • Don't use open flames, such as lighted candles on or near the tree.
  • Don't ever leave your home with the Christmas tree lights still on.

Gift Baskets<

Make someone feel special this year when you give a Christmas gift basket, bursting with gourmet goodies and delectable treats. A Christmas gift basket is a wonderful way to help celebrate the holiday season. Christmas gift baskets make gift buying for difficult shoppers deliciously easy. You can check everyone off your list with unique, Christmas gift baskets which are the perfect solution to your entire gift giving needs. Here are some Christmas gift basket ideas.

Christmas gift baskets

  • First and foremost set a price limit. Gift baskets can cost as little as $25 or upwards of $200. So it is very required that you decide how much you want to spend before committing yourself.
  • Theme based gift baskets make excellent gifts. The theme may be region based like Asian, French or Italian or it may be based on type of product like chocolate gift basket or a wine gift basket then again the theme may be a hobby like football or fishing or cooking.
  • Buy items in sets and divide them among different baskets. For example, buy a four-pack of nail polish for four ladies baskets or buy packs of whistles or other party favors for the kids. Buy the baskets at garage sales or at dollar stores.
  • For football fans fill a large bowl purchased at the dollar store with candy bars, bags of microwave popcorn, sodas, chips, dips, a favorite football flag or hat and a calendar of game days.
  • A wine and cheese basket is also a good idea for the Christmas celebration. The standard is to fill the basket with two bottles of wine and small packs of assorted cheese and crackers.
  • Creating a Christmas holiday basket is an appropriate idea during the holiday season. Line the basket with a cloth in Christmas colors and fill it with stockings, cane candies and homemade cookies.

Beer of the Month Clubs<

Gift of the month clubs, are organizations or clubs that gift a multitude of items once a month, every month to subscribers. Most people love the thought of gifts that keep on materializing, like monthly magazine subscriptions. For such people there are monthly gift clubs for nearly any taste or budget. These clubs are also an ideal way to express gratitude or congratulations and are an absolute favorite for corporate gift giving occasions. There are gift of the month clubs for all instances such as for saying thank you, wishing someone to get well, showing sympathy, for holidays, for Christmas as well as for corporate and business reasons. Then again, these clubs include, among others, wine clubs and beer clubs, fruit clubs and flower of the month clubs.

The original idea

It appears that the primary reason for setting up of such clubs was to give incentives to the administrative and managerial staff as well as executives of companies. Employees who showed promise or did good work were rewarded with a gift that arrived at their doorstep every month for one whole year. Over a period of time, this service was extended to include clients who needed to be obliged and kept in good humor.

Present position

Nowadays these gift of the month clubs (and there are literally hundreds of thousands of them) have also gone personal and expanded their services to include families and friends of individuals. The services may vary from providing gifts every month for a year to once every two months or only for a couple of months; and, the price also varies from $ 35 for a two shipment gift to $ 1000 for a year's gift of some gourmet food item.

Some popular gift clubs

  • Wine club
  • Chocolate club
  • Beer club
  • Flower club
  • Coffee club
  • Pasta club
  • Cheesecake club

Greeting Cards<

To purchase Christmas greeting cards on the net can be fun and can save a lot of hassle in terms of time and effort of visiting the store at the last moment. One can shop for the cards at one's own leisure and take advantage of the deals that are available online from time to time. The fact that one can shop much before the holiday season actually arrives, acts as an added advantage. The mindset of considering store shopping a notch better than online shopping can be overcome by shopping for something as simple as greeting cards. Here are some step by step guidelines to make some great purchases. Happy shopping.

Some helpful suggestions

  • If you do not have any idea about which sites to visit to check for cards, simply key in the words 'greeting cards' or 'Christmas cards' or something more specific in any search engine.
  • Go through various sites and check their different items before finally making a decision. Most sites stock other things like wrapping paper, ribbons, lace etc. besides cards.
  • If you see something that you particularly like, enlarge the image to get the correct feel.
  • Read all the product update charily as well as the message on the card (both inside and out) and also acquaint yourself with other free offers contained within the bargain.
  • Add the product of your choice to the cart along with anything else that you fancy and total the amount after taking into account all the other expenses like taxes, handling and shipping.
  • Place your order by clicking on the Submit button.

Do's

  • Buy cards from only reputed sites so as to not be duped.
  • Remember to take into account all expenses when calculating the total.

Don'ts

  • Don't make up your mind in a hurry, go through different sites; many sites include free shipping or some freebies in their offer.

Home & Kitchen<

To beautify your home for a Christmas party is a great way to show your love for your loved ones. Exchanging Christmas gifts and mouth-watering Christmas recipes are the two major attractions of Christmas while Christmas decorations form an important part of Christmas celebrations. If you want to decorate your house for a Christmas party and need some tips, here are some useful suggestions to guide you.

A few helpful hints

  • To have a theme for your Christmas decoration is an excellent idea and also easier to execute; a favorite color, a Christmas character or even a period decoration are some preferred examples.
  • Now, you just need to choose Christmas tree decorations, music, menu, invitations and what to wear for the Christmas party to suit your theme.
  • Fake snow flakes (using cotton snow) and tin icicles look good on the Christmas tree for both an outdoor as well as an indoor party.
  • Fresh snow, if available, can be a blessing and you can then have your very own snowman to preside over the evening's activities.
  • Try putting small Christmas trees on table tops in all rooms and decorate them with candy canes and popcorn strings for that extra festive look.
  • You could, alternatively, have a large table top centre piece Christmas tree decorated with candy and lights in the main party room.

Do's

  • Use battery operated lights to avoid unattractive view of cords and also to keep people safe from tripping over them.
  • Keep candles away from places where people might accidentally knock them over, take special care if the party includes children.

Don'ts

  • Don't make too much noise so as to disturb your neighbors, busy with their own celebration.

Jewelry<

To purchase a diamond either when you are considering it as a gift for someone you love or even as a special treat for yourself, will take some time to achieve. Buying the woman's best friend will require you to learn a few things about it before you pledge your money to procure something that will definitely burn a hole in your bank account. Here is some information to help you get the best quality stone for your money, whether you're shopping in a traditional store, through a catalog or online.

A few suggestions

  • First and foremost, fix a budget. Find out how much you can spend on what you are planning to buy. You might have to rethink your gift after finding out the costs, so it is better to plan ahead.
  • When buying diamonds you also want to make sure you are not overextending yourself; therefore, the other thing you want to be assured of is that whatever diamond you purchase, you have done your homework on how to buy it.
  • Learn how to recognize a good diamond. A diamond's value is based on four criteria: color, cut, clarity, and carat. The clarity and color of a diamond usually are graded. The carat and cut you will have to decide on after looking at the diamond.
  • Make sure that you buy your diamond from a trusted retailer who provides you with a money back guarantee, the choice to exchange or upgrade the diamond and also gives you a good on-going service.
  • Other factors to keep in mind while buying a diamond are certification (a written proof of the diamond's attributes), its shape, beauty and brilliance, branded vs unbranded and the setting that you choose.

Do's

  • If you think that you would not be able to make the right choice, take someone with you who is knowledgeable and will be able to guide you.

Don'ts

  • Don't be in a hurry to choose. Buying the largest diamond within your budget may mean that you are losing out on quality.

Last Minute Gifts<

Buying last minute gifts need not be nerve-racking or taxing if certain thumb rules are kept in mind. Even if you have forgotten about a party or your friend's birthday, all is not lost. There are ways and solutions to buying last minute gifts. If you follow certain steps not only will you give the impression that you have spent a lot of time and effort in choosing thoughtful presents but also give something that will be cherished by the receiver. Here are some tried and tested tips on how to make the last minute shopping experience more efficient and less stressful.

A few thumb rules

  • First and foremost set aside a budgeted amount of money that you want to spend on the gift item. There is absolutely no need to panic and overspend co compensate for lack of time.
  • Keep a list of some specialized shops and stores that sell unique gift items. These stores need not necessarily be expensive and out of your budget. There are many shops that sell unique gifts under $20.
  • Go online and check out web sites that suit your budget and ideas. Make sure that they deliver the gift on time.
  • Make a note of stores that do specialized gift wrapping or engraving etc. and provide quick service. Many stores stock unique stationery items or interesting gifts, like barbeque tools or photo frames that allow the giver to record a message for the receiver.
  • Go through various online sites and check their different items before making a final decision.

Do's and Don'ts

  • If you really cannot think of anything worth giving you could consider giving money and remember that gift certificates are generally well accepted.
  • Include the receipt in case the recipient needs to return the gift.
  • Don't buy clothes unless you are really sure of the size and the taste because most people are very clear and specific about the kind of clothes that they want to wear.

Luggage Gifts<

To purchase a handbag as a gift is an excellent idea because women love to mix and match their shoes or dresses with their bags. Thus, a hand bag, may it be a tote bag or a designer label, makes a perfect gift because a woman can never have too many of them. A woman could wear a fun bag out with friends to show her individuality or carry the ultimate bag to work and impress her colleagues. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when buying a hand bag as a gift.
A few guidelines

  • Just like any good dress, a handbag should fit a person's body type. The handbag should be the opposite of a person's physique. So pick a bigger bag if you're buying the gift for a tall and thin woman and vice-versa.
  • Remember, basic designs and styles will last through the years while maintaining a sense of up-to-date style, keep it in mind when making the final selection.
  • Find out what colors she likes and what she already has, do a bit of detective work or take a peep into her wardrobe if you get a chance. You could also try just asking her what she has so as to know what not to get.
  • Do not limit yourself to a particular style or design. Try out tote bags, leather hand bags as well as beaded and jeweled evening bags. If you do not find anything in a traditional store try looking for a bag on the internet. They have competitive prices and the latest designs.

Do's

  • Check on the exchange or return policy of the store in case the lady wants to return or exchange what she has.
  • Buy a matching keychain or a spectacle case to put in the bag. Do not forget to put in a penny for good fortune.

Don'ts

  • Do not buy anything too outlandish even though it catches your fancy, stick to traditional designs.

Office Gifts<

To make the members of an official Christmas party socialize is very important if the get-together is to be a success. Generally Christmas office parties are regarded with impending doom. Such parties are also viewed as the maker or breaker of careers. The usual pitfalls of the evil office party can be avoided with the help of these party planning and etiquette tips that hopefully will help everyone survive.
A few handy tips

  • First and foremost, it is important to have the party on a date that suits maximum people attending. Then again it is imperative to not have the party on a day when there is another major event planned.
  • In case the party is not going to be held at the office premises, decide upon the alternative venue expediently so that everyone can be informed in time.
  • If the party is to be held away from office, see that the invites are sent out at least three weeks in advance.
  • If everyone, in the party, is not familiar with each other, it is a good idea to have name tags for everyone present. Some icebreaker games should also come in handy.
  • Try to speak to every person in the room, if only to wish them happy holidays. Keep in mind that some people don't celebrate Christmas.
  • If the party is held in the evening and alcohol is served, make sure that arrangements are made for taxis to take people home. Also ensure that there are plenty of alternative, non-alcoholic beverages available.
  • Make sure there is enough help for the party. In case you have professional catering, check to see how much assistance will be required.

Do's

  • Circle the room to keep an eye on people to see if they are having a good time. If you find anyone who you think is feeling at odds, help them be comfortable.

Don'ts

  • Avoid talking shop with coworkers; mind your language at all times.

Personalized Gifts<

Giving Christmas gifts that have a personal touch about them not only makes the recipient feel important but also loved. Christmas is a special time when practically the whole world looks forward to having a gala time with friends and family, eating mouth watering dishes and exchanging gifts with each other. The gifts that stay the longest in the memory of the recipients are those that are personalized because personalized gifts send a direct message to the recipient telling them that they are loved and cherished. Here are some popular tried and tested gift ideas for all your loved ones.
Personalized gift ideas

  • A lovely idea of a personalized gift is to give your friends and family personal photo greeting cards. Create actual photo greeting cards from your favorite digital pictures by uploading the picture, choosing the inside verse or greeting and adding your family name.
  • A cool item is to gift a very special and unique mug to special person. Individually crafted by hand, these mugs have the recipient's name and the year written on them to create a personal effect.
  • A really exciting gift for the mother of a small child is to gift her a Dear Santa cushion. It has 'Dear Santa' embroidered on the top, 'I can explain' embroidered on the bottom with the child's picture in the middle. Any personalized gift items shop will do it for you. Check online for more details.
  • Another delightful idea is a fireplace family holiday ornament that will make each year a memorable family tradition for generations to come. Each ornament is in the form of a house or a reindeer family with the names of al the members etched on it with laser. The design itself is meticulously sculpted from glistening stone resin then festively hand-painted and decorated. Check online for further details.

Pets<

Pets are one of the closest companions of man. Whether it is a dog, cat or horse we all love our pets. For people who have pets, Christmas is a time to show their animals that they are loved and a part of the family. Pets should not be left out during the holiday season when buying gifts because pets also love Christmas and gifts make your pet's Christmas fun and exciting. Christmas gift items are also a great gift idea for those people on your list who have a pet they love and want to spoil. So here is a collection of pet gift ideas complete with everything you ever wanted to know about your pet.

Some Christmas gift ideas for pets

  • It may sound a little far fetched but pets love to listen to music. They even have preferences. So this Christmas buy your pet a CD of some popular pet music available in stores or even online. Music is a great source of relaxation and happiness for both cats and dogs.
  • If you have a puppy buy him a small soft toy in the shape of a bone and watch the fun unfold. Pets can spend hours playing with their favorite toy. A small kitten is happiest chasing a ball of wool.
  • Get a stylish basket for your pet to be carried around in and watch your pet preen and feel indulged. You could fill the basket with goodies like real bones, rawhide chews, balls, rubber toys that squeak for your pet for Christmas and then use the basket to carry your pet in.
  • One great Christmas gift idea for pets is to buy them a heated bed. Cold nights will be cozy and warm for your favorite pet on one of these heated beds. These heated beds bring a world of warmth and comfort to older, arthritic pets that they deserve.

Music<

To purchase holiday music on the net requires very little effort and can be oodles of fun. That it saves time and effort of going into a music store is just an added advantage. Then again one can surf through various sites at one's own leisure and take advantage of the various deals that are available online. The fact that one can shop much before the holiday season actually arrives, acts as an added advantage. The mindset of considering store shopping a notch better than online shopping can be overcome by starting with buying music.
A few suggestions

  • First of all set aside a budgeted amount of money that you want to spend on the holiday music.
  • Make a decision about the kind of format that you want to buy the music in - MP3, CD or any other.
  • If you do not have any idea about which sites to visit to check for holiday music simply key in the words holiday music or something more specific in any search engine.
  • Go through various sites and check their collection before finally making a decision. If you see something that you particularly like, add it to your list of hopefuls and move on ahead.
  • Remember to listen to samples and take into account customer and other reviews. Before making a final decision, compare the deals between different sites online.
  • Add the product of your choice to the cart along with anything else that you fancy and total the amount after taking into account all the other expenses like taxes, handling and shipping.
  • Place your order by clicking on the Submit button but remember to take into account all expenses when calculating the total.

Do's

  • Remember that just about every artist has recorded an album of holiday music in their careers, so it will not be an easy task to compile a list.

Don'ts

  • Don't buy anything because of its fad value; when in doubt stick to traditional music.

Religious<

In many countries around the world, the arrival of Christmas is looked forward to with great eagerness and even greater excitement. The celebration of Christmas is the high point of the year and people spend a lot of time choosing the correct gift for their friends and family. Giving and receiving gifts has been central to Christmas since the time Jesus was born and the three wise men came bearing gifts for the Lord. Gifts should be given keeping in mind the temperament and nature of the recipient. Giving religious gifts to people who appreciate your gesture can only strengthen your ties and will clearly portray the love that you have for them.

Religious and nativity gifts

  • Advent candles crafted with love and care can become perfect Christmas gifts for a religious minded person.
  • Biblical cross is an excellent gift to show personal appreciation to a family member, your church or a clergy member.
  • Jesus on the cross symbolizes Christianity and the true Christian spirit that reminds us to forgive even those people who do not know what sins they have committed. A Sunday school teacher or a friend or relative would truly appreciate such a gift.
  • The Bible makes an ideal gift for most people. Since the bible now comes in many forms, it can become an ideal gift for a traveler or a student or even the stray agnostic.
  • Statue of Mother Mary is another gift that would be appreciated by all believers. It sends a message of hope, faith and tolerance and would make an ultimate gift for most people.
  • Inspirational Christmas card packs also make very practical gifts for people on the move who would like to keep in touch but never seem to find that extra time to be able to do so.
  • Nativity pins, Christmas icons (like Raphael's classic Mother and Child) and Christmas calendars are some other Nativity and religious Christmas gifts that can be given to the religiously minded.

Toys & Games<

To purchase video games has, in recent years, become quite mind boggling because of the inexhaustible choice that the market provides us. The fact that new additions are made every few days only adds to our problems. Many issues need to be taken into account before making the purchase. Those issues relate to the graphic and increasingly realistic violence in some games and even gender roles. Here are some helpful hints to make the right choice when buying a video game.
A few suggestions

  • First and foremost, do a little research. If you have never bought a game before, buy a magazine or search on the internet for the game that you want for your child.
  • There are games for all ages in the market. Every game that comes to the market gets a rating that ranges from EC for Early Childhood to AO for games that are for Adults Only. In between these two extremes are E10+ for children above 10 years of age, M for Mature, E for Everyone and T for Teen. Buy the game according to the age of your child.
  • Once you have selected a game you are interested in, visit the game developer's web site to look at trailers. If you are at a store you can ask the assistant to play the game or demonstrate it to you.
  • Lastly before finally buying the game check out its reviews from the games review site. It should give you a fairly accurate idea if you should buy the game or not.

Do's

  • Buy the game a week later after it is released and pay over 20 % less than the original price. In fact the more you wait, the less will be the price.

Don'ts

  • For younger children avoid games that require role playing and that connects to other players online.

Unique Gifts<

Christmas is that magical time of the year when you spend days choosing thoughtful gifts for your friends and family. Sharing and giving gifts is as old as Christmas itself when the three wise men came bearing gifts for Jesus in Bethlehem. Christmas gifts are often bought last-minute and not a lot of thought is put into them. Soon after the holiday has passed, these gifts are forgotten. Give unusual, imaginative, and unique Christmas gifts to people and put a little spark back into Christmas. Let your Christmas gifts be remembered for the special thought and care you put into them. Here are some great Christmas gift ideas.

Unique Christmas gifts<

  • A great Christmas gift for grandparents and parents is a 'family portrait platter' with up to 20 family members custom painted on beautiful china platters. With names, inscriptions and personal details to make every figure look just like the real person, this gift is really unique.
  • A very thoughtful yet unique gift for someone you love is a hand knitted scarf, knitted by you. If you do not know how to knit, then the weeks/ or months before Christmas is the right time to learn and surprise the recipient. A mother or grandmother is sure to be bowled over by such a caring gift idea.
  • Give a magazine gift subscription to someone you care for. Christmas gifts do not have to come gift-wrapped. Magazine subscriptions make excellent gifts because there is a magazine to suit every taste (cookery, gardening, cars) and because it is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.
  • Give Tickets to a sold-out show to your husband or wife, or even your teenage son or daughter. This unique Christmas gift has the power to amaze someone you love and have them remember the treat that you gave them for years to come. The downside is that you have to plan for this for a long time, you cannot up and buy tickets for a sold out show at the last minute.

Watches<

To purchase a watch for a gift is an exceptional idea because watches have both the class and functional value to satisfy most tastes. Most people need to have more than one watch, in fact, two at the very least. Yet to find a suitable watch is no easy task. It can take you a whole month to decide before buying one that really suits your pocket and taste. What you should aim for is something dressy but sporty, sizeable without being garish, and, not to forget, sturdy enough to last a few years. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a watch as a gift.
A few suggestions

  • The first and foremost thing is to ascertain whom you want to buy the watch for. If you are buying for a woman the priorities are different as compared to when you are buying the watch for a man. For women style, delicacy and looks take precedence over precision, practicality and features while for men the order is reversed.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is a quartz watch vs an automatic watch. Automatic watches are usually more expensive than quartz watches and also more in demand by collectors. That they do not need batteries is an added advantage. The downside is that they are not as accurate as quartz watches and even an expensive automatic watch will need to be serviced every few years.
  • Next priority should be the type of band that you want to choose. There are all kinds and types out there - yellow gold, white gold, platinum, silver, steel, and of course, leather. Make the selection according to your budget and the preference of the person for whom the gift is meant.
  • Do not be led by an expensive brand name. Some of the best watches on the less expensive side of the price spectrum are made by Citizen, Swiss Army, Mondaine and Seiko.

Do's

  • Before wrapping it, set the watch so that it shows correct time.
  • Include a spare battery if you are buying a quartz watch.

Don'ts

  • Do not overshoot your price range.

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