This may come too late for those of you who are organised and have this Christmas already wrapped up.  But for those of you who are still to buy your presents and are needing a little help I’ve got Ten Top Tips below which are sure to help.  This list can be used for any present buying whether festive, birthday or thank you.  I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying –  it’s not about how much you spend but the thought that counts – well I for one truly believe this. If I think back to my childhood the joy of opening my stocking was just as glorious as the presents under the tree. Buying a present for a birthday or saying Thank You is showing someone you care about them. Christmas has become very commercialised but the true art of giving is found in something precious with the right gift being an expression of love.

wrapped presents

How to buy the perfect present

  1. Spend a little time researching using the internet, print or online gift guides
  2. Make time to shop whether in store or online
  3. Listen for hints – these maybe disguised so listen hard
  4. Think about how the person spends their time or what they buy themselves
  5. Look to the past and make it personal
  6. Don’t buy practical gifts unless they have been specifically asked for
  7. Only buy romantic gifts for romantics who will appreciate them
  8. Think about buying an experience to create memories
  9. Consider a present which keeps giving all year
  10. Most importantly don’t panic buy

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Magazine subscription hobbies/ lifestyle/ interiors
  • Make up a food hamper of their favourite foods
  • Voucher for a spa day/ beauty treatments
  • Tickets for a play/ concert/ exhibition/ talk etc
  • Meal at a restaurant they’ve been mentioning
  • Books to help them develop their hobby
  • Gift voucher for their favourite store/ brand etc
  • pamper set from their preferred brand


Over the last few years I’ve discovered some wonderful independents where I know I can get something that little bit different.  I’ve updated my list of favourite independents where you too might just find the perfect gift.


Happy Shopping!


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