Along with the holiday season approaching comes another time-honored tradition: gift-giving. Are you ready? If you’re like most people — especially this year — you’re probably a little bit behind schedule.
Don’t worry; there’s still plenty of time. That said, you should jump on it soon to reap more options. Plus, you won’t have to deal with any last-minute rushes, and doing so allows you plenty of time for online orders to come through.
One good idea is to think about your budget. How much do you want to spend on each of your loved ones? If you map things out well and think about what to give to whom, it will be a lot easier. Use the following guidelines and advice to come up with a wide range of personalized Christmas gifts in different price ranges for the whole family.
Sons and Daughters
Mid-range: These days, most kids want one thing: video games. You may prefer to have them reading books, but let’s be honest: It’s all they are talking about this season. Best of all, there are new video game consoles and systems, like the Sony PlayStation 5, hitting the market. So, you can’t go wrong here.
Affordable: Remember: You can buy books, too! And anyway, most kids will develop a passion for reading if you encourage it. This will also give them something to do when you tell them they have exceeded their screen time for the day, and it will also help you learn more about their interests when you talk together about what they’ve read.
Mom and Dad
High-end: If you’re looking to splurge a little bit, gift your parents some nice electronics this year. Indeed, we’re all spending more time at home, so upgrading screens, computers, or in-home sound systems can make for a great experience when you level up.
Mid-range: Another activity to do while stuck at home is cook! In that vein, shop for some nice appliances or gadgets like an Instant Pot or air fryer. Chances are your parents are set in their ways and mostly stick to their old, trusty options, but see if you can teach them a few new tricks.
Brothers and Sisters
High-end: For siblings, book them a nice, well-deserved getaway. This could also work for the whole family — if you really want to go big — but the goal is to plan something a few months out into 2021 for a time when you can be together. It’s been difficult to visit family throughout 2020, but if you give yourself some leeway and opt for a cabin stay on a lake somewhere, it should be feasible. Best of all, it will give you all something to look forward to.
Affordable: Now, more than ever, we all need some good memories. Look for something from your shared past — photos or favorite shows and movies from your childhood — and wrap it under the tree. It may be silly, and it may not cost much, but gifting your family personalized gifts like photo calendars, custom art, or themed pillows will always bring a smile to their faces.
Getting Personal This Christmas Season
With the wrong mindset, gift-giving can start to feel like a chore. Don’t let that happen this year. Instead, at a time when everyone needs a little pick-me-up, take a more personal approach, and buy something unique and memorable for the people you hold near and dear.
For the kids, get them what they want: video games and books. Mom and dad can always use new toys around the house to play with, and your siblings will love nothing more than spending time together.
Best of all? You don’t have to break the bank and or get too elaborate. Just find the best options for everyone in the family — and make sure your gifts come from the heart.