The Vital Keys to Determining that Perfect Christmas Present

By Emily Latimer

Have you decided what to get that "special someone" on your Christmas List this year? Are you going to wait till the last minute and get the "same ole' same ole'"? The good news is that there is still time to find that perfect gift. Let us help you out with some gift giving suggestions:

a) Do you remember the Boy Scout motto "Always be prepared"? This works on those camping trips in the woods, but it also works when you are compiling your Christmas List as well. From today moving forward, whenever you are around that "special someone", take note of what they say and do. This is especially true if you happen to go shopping with them. They will often give you hints and clues as to what they would like to receive for Christmas. Such as:

"This is nice, I'll have to keep it in mind".

"If only I could afford this".

"I could use this if it was in yellow".

Remember these comments, and be sure to write them down when you get a free minute. These passing comments open the doors to great gift giving...

b) What does that "special someone" like to do in their spare time? Do they have a particular hobby or pastime that consumes them? If they happen to have a favorite sports team, enjoy crafts, or like to spend their time with some other pursuit, there is often some great little gift that you can get them to help them out with this endeavor. Ah, but what is that gift? Even if you don't know anything about their hobby or pastime, there is somebody out there who does. You just need to do a little research. Why not call up your local hobby shop, or post a question on an internet forum, asking "what would be a great gift for someone who likes to ". People will be more than helpful to help you get that perfect gift for someone who shares the same passion as they do.

c) Friends are a literal goldmine of information on people. You could always ask their closest friends for gift giving suggestions. Before you ask though, it's often a good idea to have some sample gift giving suggestions of your own. Why? If you pose this question to someone you will be putting them on the spot and they could draw a blank. By having some gift ideas of your own you will "jog their memory" a bit. Let's try an example. If you are going to ask your daughter's close friends for some gift suggestions, you could have some pictures that you have cut from an old catalog on potential gift ideas. Why the picture? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, so it can spur on even more potential gift ideas. Her friends might be reminded of something she said would really like.

These three ideas should help to get you started on this year's Christmas List. If you would like more details, or to learn about the "Hot Items" for Christmas this year, check out the blog:

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