I may be rushing things, but Christmas is one of those holidays that seem to sneak up on us. In years past during that first week of December or the last week in November I have thought to myself “NO…, not yet! I need another month!” So in recent years I have made it a point to start thinking about Christmas in September.
That is not to say that I start making out my list, but I start thinking about what to put on the list. My brother-in-law is probably the easiest person I have to buy for at Christmas time. He collects Budweiser steins and whatnots. I can usually always find him something at the Bud shop that is within my price range, and that is not already in his collection. Budweiser comes out with something new every year.
Not everyone else is that easy, and they are almost all of the female gender. So this is the time of year I start looking for things that will fit into their life that is unique and that they will use. Things I know they won’t buy for themselves. I do most of my Christmas shopping online these days. So when I start thinking about Christmas, I start looking through every catalog I have, and every website I know. Some times I have to look for new websites in order to find the right gift.
For some of my female family members I find something for their house, such as a picture to hang on the wall, or some knick-knack to sit on a shelf. Many times I have never seen the inside of their house, but I will find out the color of the room and if there is a theme to the décor and then I expound on that. If they are into quilting, crocheting, painting, or some other craft, I will buy them a book about their hobby.
The great thing about buying unique home décor as gifts at Christmas is they never know what to expect. Every Christmas is different, and every gift is different. You probably do the same thing yourself when you shop at Christmas time, but just didn’t know it.
When looking for these unique gifts, the hardest part is finding more than one gift in the same place. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find everything almost all in one location? No I am not talking about Wal-Mart or K-Mart on any other discount department stores. At Christmas time is the best time to find things on sale, and with many different retailer all vying for the Christmas dollars that will be spent, they will all be bending over backwards to get their portion of your Christmas dollars. You should be able to make some great deals this year, even if you only have a little money to spend.
This year try some new stores for your unique gifts. Using the same ones every year can be predictable. They are no longer unique to you or your family members. You might even find it harder and harder to find those unique gifts that bring such joy to those receiving them. So this year try some new stores, and may your Christmas be the best ever!
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Laura Griffin is the owner of Timeless Treasures. For unique gift ideas visit Timeless Treasures.
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