By now, you probably don’t want another reminder that the end of 2015 is fast approaching. With Christmas and New Years’ right around the corner, this is the time to reflect on your past achievements or just treat yourself and the special people in your life. Giving presents at this time of the year can be stressful, but it is satisfying if you allow enough time to think about… your strategy.
‘Tis the season to start setting aside money for presents and end-of-year parties. Set an upper limit on how much you’re willing to spend on each person’s gift, taking into account any events you might be attending during this festive season. It obviously differs depending on who you’re gifting: Kris Kringle with your new work buddies might be $20 or less, a friend’s present might set you back $30, while you might treat your closest girlfriends with something they’ll love at around the $50 mark. You might surprise yourself by finding something nice for less than you’d expect, but having a limit will help you see your overall spending picture. Keep in mind the frocks, the accessories, and then the inevitable gift to yourself after a tiring day of shopping!
One time, my cognitive psychology lecturer asked us, “Do you really need the extras?” and surprisingly, that’s been at the back of my mind whenever I make my own purchasing decisions.
The best presents don’t need to be fluffed up with unnecessary extras, or break the bank. Gift sets might seem like a foolproof gift idea – you often pay a bit more to get a couple of little things or additional pieces, but they aren’t exactly the most thoughtful if they don’t provide the gift receiver with more value. I don’t really see the point of them, aside from well-curated sets that let you dip your toes into a brand with miniature versions of popular fragrances and beauty products. Sets can appear less impressive than a full-sized product, especially when they come with items that won’t be frequently used or even needed. If in doubt, a full-sized product at an affordable price point will surely impress; just jazz it up with your exceptional gift-wrapping skills and top it off with a lovely written note.
Now I’ve compiled a list of items that might inspire your next gift idea, categorised by the type of girl I imagine would be perusing this blog.
Shop smart and have fun!
For the girl who loves her food and drink:
For the girl who loves to pamper herself and put her best face forward:
For the girl who needs a bit of balance and might want to regain a sense of control for a fresh start:
What’s the best gift you’ve ever given or received?