Shopping for gifts is one of my favorite things about this time of year. I love discovering the perfect gift for someone I care about.
Sometimes you just come across the perfect gift, but sometimes it takes work to find just the right thing. I love that! Although I do love the gift hunt, I do have a few gift-giving rules.
1) Be selective. You don’t have to buy gifts for everyone you know. I only purchase gifts for my immediate family, a few close relatives and very close friends. For the other people on my list, I make homemade gifts. Homemade cookies or other baked goods are a perfect and inexpensive gift. You can make them pretty by putting them in a holiday tin or on a pretty tray. People will appreciate the hard work you put into baking.
2) Be thoughtful. I hate clutter and hate accumulating stuff I don’t need. The last thing I want is some random gift I have no use for. When you’re coming up with a gift idea, think about the person’s personality and their hobbies and interests. If you are buying something for the person’s home, make sure it will fit their décor. Sentimental gifts are my favorite. Framed photos of you and the gift recipient together are always appreciated and very affordable.