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Saturday, 18 November 2017

5 Ways to Make Your Christmas Gifts Unique

A few days ago I wrote a post sharing some of my favourite ways in which you can make sure that your Christmas cards are unique. Since that post went down so well, I thought I'd make another to provide you with some more festive inspiration - this time, I'm sharing some top tips for keeping your gifts as special and original as possible this Christmas!

Of course, it isn't always possible to fully plan ahead and map out a perfect gift for every single person on your to-buy-for list each and every year. From budget constraints to finding the time, many people struggle at this time of year, hence why the trend of last-minute gift buying continues to be so prevalent. But this year, even if it's just for your closest friends and family members, why not commit to putting that little extra bit of thought into your choice of gifts?

The Handmade Touch

Who doesn't love to receive a gift with plenty of thought and care put into it? Whether it's a framed painting from a budding young artist or a warm, woolly scarf knitted by hand, there are plenty of ideas out there to help you get started. Plus, while it might take a little more time to get each gift sorted and ready, it's also the perfect way to cut costs and keep your spending in check this Christmas.

Avoid Buying from Chains and Big-Name Brands

Whether it's a branded gift or something you've just picked up off the high street, presents that you can buy anywhere might be nice, but they are likely to lack that extra special touch. Instead of feeding the giants this Christmas, commit to buying local, being different, and exploring independent stores (both online and offline) to find some real hidden gems. A piece of bespoke jewellery, a one-of-a-kind ornament or piece of artwork, or even a hand-carved Christmas decoration - these are all unique pieces that will speak volumes more than an off-the-shelf gift.

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One of my favourites is this beautiful pair of minimalistic earrings from boutique online store That Lovely Stuff. Handmade in Australia before arriving over here in the UK, they have swiftly become a firm fixture of my winter look and a definite favourite!

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Buy Something they Want, Not Something they Need

How many times have you eagerly unwrapped a gift only to discover it's something practical or 'something for the home' instead of a present you actually wanted? At Christmas, it's okay to be a little selfish; if you have your eye on something, don't be afraid to drop hints and say so.

The same goes for your present buying - instead of merely picking up something that will be useful around the house, think carefully about what you're buying. A new Hoover or a set of cutlery might well come in handy, but a beautiful piece of jewellery or a box set will likely be far better received come Christmas morning.

Think Outside the Box

Presents needn't play safe or just stick to what you know. Instead, see it as a challenge, a way to get to know someone better and make sure that you get them something you know they will love. A great example of this is the annual office Secret Santa. Rather than just picking up a cheap novelty gift that will be laughed at once then forgotten, put some thought into getting something that you are sure your colleague will actually use and appreciate. It's also a great way to strengthen relationships with your co-workers!

Choose Experiences, Not Things

It's the age-old dilemma - what do you get for the person who already has everything? Instead of struggling to find a great gift, why not go all out and buy them an experience or a day out rather than something materialistic? Whether it's some money towards a piercing or tattoo, music or theatre tickets or a day out at the zoo, an experience is the perfect way to make memories and provide your loved ones with a great time.

With only a few weeks left until the big day, there's no time like the present to get prepared and get organised, ready for Christmas Day. Make sure that there are smiles all around on Christmas morning and get planning the perfect gifts for your loved ones this year.

* This is a collaborative post.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? How do you go the extra mile with your gifts? Let me know in the comments below!

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