Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Only 11 Days Left…5 Great Gift Giving Ideas

We already talked about what NOT to give for Christmas so how about some ideas on what TO give.


The season of joy and giving can end up gifting you one big headache.
Between the pressure of finding the right gift for everyone on your list while still minding a budget and knowing what to do in certain situations (like what to get the babysitter), it can promptly extinguish all the fun of shopping.
But etiquette expert Anna Post , who is the great granddaughter to famed turn-of-the-century socialite and manners connoisseur Emily Post , says that checking off that shopping list is a lot easier than you think.

"The perfect gift is not this thing to be feared. Instead of focusing on the cost, think about your relationship to the person, and how to reflect that in your gift," Post told StyleList.

Here, five of Post's tips to make your holiday shopping easier:

1. Pair Tiny Things In Threes. Smaller remembrances for people in your life like hair stylists, babysitters and work associates can make a big impact when you group cute items up in three and wrap with a pretty red ribbon. Think along the lines of hand lotion, lip balm and candles.

2. Ride the Charity and Eco-Green Wave. A big trend in gifting that is only getting more popular is buying a charitable or green gift.

3. Pamper That Someone Who Has Everything. If you're intimidated by the name on your list who can't possibly want for anything, specialty foods and bath and body sets are both pretty gifts that they can actually use, because after all, everyone has to bathe and eat.

4. Go for Personalization Over Price Tag. Nothing hits a home run quite like a beautifully handwritten note that accompanies a gift that clearly had much thought put into it, which you can do with only a tidbit of info. For example, if friends recently travelled to Italy, make them a gift basket full of Italian gourmet treats and pampering products such as olive body butter. Include a personal note.

5. Avoid Holiday-Branded Beauty. While holiday-themed wrap can make for a festive presentation, you'll want to avoid products that have things like Christmas trees and candy canes printed directly on the product. It's like an expiration date. After December 25th it becomes obsolete as a decoration.


*Courtesy of Stylelist.

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