Giving Gifts and Christmas shopping

Xmas ShoppingStarting my Christmas shopping this weekend was fun. While visiting my in-laws for the weekend my Honey and I went to the Mall and a huge department store that carries practically everything you could need. Most of the time I feel that the joy of giving gifts far outweighs the excitement of receiving them.

All the decorations lined the shelves, and while I have promised myself I won’t buy any more this year, I know that I will pick up a few pieces to “enhance” the décor that we purchased last year.

Buying Local – Giving gifts of revenue

I bought two presents from a local gallery, Rainbow’s End and I will thoroughly enjoy giving them to their respective recipients. Giving gifts is important to me, and I try so hard to think of appropriate and appreciated presents. My Father-in-Law is a particularly difficult customer when it comes to gift buying. What does one buy for an older (yes he qualifies for the ‘old’ description, but I’m being nice) gentleman, with no hobbies and very little need for anything? Well, this year I had a stroke of luck, he broke his fountain pen. I just happen to know a very talented woodworker who makes them, The Tattooed Turner. Luck played a huge part in that little gem of an idea.

I love giving gifts, especially when I know they will be well received. It was my Honey’s birthday recently, and I had wrapped his presents while he was at work, when he came home it was late (only an hour until midnight, when it would officially be his birthday), and I couldn’t wait to give him his gifts. I had handed over two before I’d even made him a brew.

Sometimes, thinking of present ideas is so hard, but at other times gift ideas appear so quickly. This year gift ideas have been forthcoming, and it’s far more exciting when you know that you are giving gifts that people will genuinely appreciate, rather than buying randomly out of duty (but with no clue whether it will be used or discarded in the New Year).

How do you find a gift for someone who doesn’t know what they want? Plunge in and hope for the best, otherwise, you just hope for inspiration.

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