This time of year – a time of peace and goodwill – can be one of the most stressful for us, particularly when it comes to buying presents. We often feel an enormous amount of pressure to get it all ‘right’. To help ease some of the strain, I’ve come up with a few suggestions.
How do I decide?
Generally we give presents because it feels nice to make others happy, right? Therefore the key thing is to give our purchases some thought. Even a little goes a long way.
“Sure”, I hear you say, “but where do I start?”
Start by making a short list of some of the things you know about the recipient – even as few as five things will give you ideas (and if you don’t know five things about them, do you really need to give them a present?). For instance, a list about me would look like this:
- Wears jewellery
- Reads biographies
- Likes a nice G&T
- Loves tea
- Hates being cold
Now you have at least five ideas of presents that would be very well received.