Simple Steps To the Perfect Gift Gifts from
the Heart Are Never Out of Style
holiday shopping season has arrived. And unless you are one of those super-organized
people who has been shopping since last December, you are probably starting to
get that anxiety that comes from trying to match a small budget to a too-long gift
clock is ticking!
and socks are very nice, and always appreciated, you might just
want to give gifts with a little more pizazz this year. And -
joy! - they're either a click away, or as close as your family
gift that shows your love and friendship is never the wrong gift
and never goes out of style.
of the best presents is a gift of a shared past. Photos from fun times - in a
special frame or a small album - are not only fun to give, but will have you smiling
at the memories as you prepare it. If you choose an album, add funny captions
for an extra treat and you're sure to score points for one of the more thoughtful
gifts of the season.
certificates may seem like impersonal gifts, but they can be a real hit
if well-thought out. A gift card for long distance calls, for example, gives you
a connection with a distant friend or relative.
the budding artist, a gift certificate for art supplies is perfect. The movie
buff will appreciate a certificate for tickets, and the opera fan will never stop
thanking you for the gift of tickets to, say, La Bohème. The fanatic
gardener might appreciate a certificate from a favorite garden
nursery or catalog.
find out what the people on your list like to do, or where they love to shop.
Even men love to shop, if the shopping is for tools
A good three-course meal in the form of a gift certificate can also be the ideal
present, especially if you plan a lunch or dinner and go together...
twist on the theme of gift certificates are IOUs.
Young parents will think an IOU for twelve nights of babysitting is the best present
ever! Once a month they can enjoy a date with no worries about who's minding the
baby and your thoughtfulness will be remembered even after the baby is in college.
about an IOU for cleaning up your favorite handyman's work area (with a solemn
promise not to rearrange the tools). Think about the people in your life and what
they really want, or need.
having enough time or money is no reason for anyone not to enjoy the holidays.
that the best gifts are not necessarily the most expensive and value is not always
measured in pretty paper and bows. Giving presents that take thought makes you
focus on how special the people in your life are and how much happiness they've