Ask a loved one what they want for Christmas and, unless it’s a child, that person probably will have one of two answers: “Oh, you don’t have to buy for me,” or “Anything you get me will be fine.”

But, ask an them to recall their favorite gifts and they will probably come up with something that was personal, special, thoughtful, and perhaps inexpensive, but maybe not.

Now recall the most fun you have ever had giving a gift. Most likely it’s the time you really hit the nail on the head. It’s the time you bought that gift that your loved one never mentioned beforehand, yet you knew it was perfect.

The holiday season is a great time to do nice things for the special people in your life. Take time to plan this year. Investigate and learn about their special interests. One of the best presents is a gift of a shared past. A framed photo from a great vacation or night out is a great reminder and a great gift.

Even a gift card can have special meaning. Give a gift card to the restaurant where you had your first date. Or one for the place your friend loves to shop. How about a gift card that allows the theatre-lover to purchase tickets to an upcoming show.

Perfect to one person may be the $80,000 Lexus in the driveway and to another, the 99-cent Matchbox version of their first car. Anything can be meaningful if it comes from the heart.

“All of my kids being home for Christmas. All my adult children came in from out of state.”
Cathy Shank

“My husband got me an Omega necklace, which means ‘beginning and end,’ at the end of my chemotherapy.”
Dianne Thacker

“I’ll go way back to my Chatty Cathy doll. My name is Kathy and I talked all the time.”
Kathy Mills

“Pictures of my grandchildren.”
Josephine Weberski

“When I got my first chalkboard from my parents. One of our rooms was a pretend classroom.”
Tiffany Shundry

“A scrapbook my daughter made of our family.”
Pam Volpe

“Anything from Cabelas.”
Gage Haverfield

“Every year I would ask for a Precious Moments Nativity set and didn’t get it. My son Bobby, when he was about 7, made me a Nativity set out of balsam wood and popsicle sticks. I still have it.”
Linda Warren

FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING EASIER

1. DECIDE ON THE RECIPIENTS
Before you begin shopping for gifts, decide on the people to whom you want to give presents. Every person has many friends and relatives, some very close, some not so close and some mere acquaintances. Make a list of all the people for whom you will be buying gifts.

2. DECIDE ON THE PRICE RANGE
The second step is to decide on the price range of each gift, which will usually depend on the level of closeness with each person. Also set a price limit as to how much you would like to spend on the gifts, in total.

3. NARROW DOWN THE GIFTS
Before going to the market, it is better to have a general idea as to what kind of gifts would you like to purchase.This will help you in saving time as well as avoiding the effort of going to completely useless shops.

4. HUNTING THE MARKET AND COMPARING THE PRICES
The next step is to hunt the various shops in the market and compare the prices of different products. This will ensure that you purchase the gifts from the shop that offers the best quality gifts at the most reasonable price.

5. STICKING TO THE ORIGINAL CHOICE
After going to the market, do not get too much influenced by the gift items on display. It is better to keep yourself limited to the original choice made in connection with the gifts.

6. BUYING THE GIFTS
The last step in the procedure of gifts shopping is the buying the gifts and getting them packed. Make sure to attach tags on each gift and write the name of the person for whom the gift is intended. This will help in avoiding any confusion later on.
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