Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year when you spend time with your loved ones, eat delicious foods and shop for everyone on your list—and maybe even get something for yourself. If you're planning for some early Christmas Shopping, here are a few ideas:
Pick a theme
When starting your shopping, the first thing to do is pick a theme. If you know the person you’re shopping for, consider their interests. Does your friend have a dog? Are they obsessed with the latest blockbusters? What are their hobbies? This will help you narrow down the search and get gifts with a personal touch, there are some things that might be nice:
Shop smarter this Christmas season.
When you shop Australian-made, you're supporting a business that's accountable to its community. That means they're often more sustainable, ethical, and friendly than large chain stores. These products also tend to be more creative in their offerings because they have fewer corporate pressures and are free to experiment more.
You can't go wrong with food!
Food is a must-have for your holiday shopping list. No matter who you're buying for, it's always nice to have an edible gift they can enjoy while they unwrap presents.
Here are some ideas:
A hamper or basket full of your favourite food items is always appreciated by the recipient and makes a great centrepiece for any table. You can buy one preassembled, or make one yourself with their favourites!
Gift cards that allow them to pick their own lunch at work are also a popular choice when you're buying gifts for the less close people around you, like your coworkers. This way, they get exactly what they want without having you to make any wrong decisions.
Spread the love
Christmas is the time to give back! Spread the love by giving, give gifts to friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and others.
Another way to give back is to give to charities or your local community and don't forget to give yourself a gift – it’s Christmas!
Something for the little ones!
For the little ones, look for toys that are made from sustainable materials. Fair trade is a good way to ensure that the people who created them are fairly compensated. It's also better for the environment than many mass-produced toys.
Toys handmade by artisans with traditional skills and techniques can be great gifts for kids of all ages, as they're not only beautiful but also unique. If you want to give the gift of self-expression, consider giving eco-friendly art supplies made from recycled or reclaimed materials so they can channel their creativity into something special!
Why not experience?
Experiences are often more personal than things.
An experience can be shared with others. Whether it’s a dinner at their favourite restaurant or an afternoon at the beach, experiences can be shared with family members and friends in a way that material items cannot.
Experiences create memories. The memory of going on a vacation will last much longer than any material item you could buy someone, so it’s important to choose experiences that create lasting memories for your loved ones—whether they’re special occasions or just everyday moments!
Christmas shopping does not need to be stressful.
When you're not rushing, you can make your own decisions without having to give in to pressure.
You can also shop with a friend or family member, who might help you make better decisions because they know what kind of things are important to you.
Online shopping is ideal for the busy professionals with little free time. With so many sites offering great deals on all kinds of items at any time of year, it's easy to find something that will suit your needs and budget.
Something caught your eye while browsing around? Well, the convenience of having theses items at your finger tips, will always make it easier to make more conscious decisions and plan ahead.
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be stressful, it’s a great time to try out new things. So, to recap, pick a theme, support local, try new experiences, give back and spread the love!