It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but knowing how to make Christmas special isn’t always easy. Impulse buys and panic decisions are to blame for that boxing day rush to sell unwanted gifts.
A little extra thought can go a very long way. When I first met my husband, he thought I was an awful person because my goal every Christmas was to make my mum cry. He couldn’t distinguish between crying because their upset, and crying due to feeling all of those feels. Of course, it gets even more difficult with every passing year, so I’ve had to get creative.
5 Types of Christmas Presents That’ll Knock Their Socks Off
From fun festive activities to alternative Christmas gift ideas, read on to find five different ways to show your loved ones how much you care about them this Chrimbo.
Christmas Presents Should Be Special
There’s no doubt that giving gifts can make you feel good. That doesn’t mean you need to buy a big pile of them. You don’t need to spend lots of money. The key is to find one simple present that’s personal to them.
Can you imagine how good it feels when you get A** treatment from a business or brand? It makes you feel like a rock star. Having someone to care enough is the best feeling.
You could show that you’ve paid attention to them over the year and buy them something they’ve mentioned needing. It could be as simple as a new cookbook based around their current favourite tastes. Even a personalised phone or laptop case to protect their latest device if they’re glued to their devices.
Some Meaningful Gift Ideas:
Chocolate boxes are always a winner for those with a sweet tooth. A voucher for their favourite store removes the risk of getting it wrong and shows that you know what their ultimate favourite brand is.
You don’t have to feel guilty about getting someone a voucher. There are ways of presenting this type of gift that shows you really pay attention to the things they say.
Whatever you opt for, the act of taking the time to pick something special should be enough to show them that they’re on your mind.
Make a gift yourself
If you’d rather steer clear of the shops (and the general public) in the build-up to the 25th, how about something handmade? Handcrafted gifts are unique to you and often work out cheaper and more impactful than anything you’ll pick up elsewhere.
Handmade Gift Ideas
Are you already a crafter? Try making your loved one a photo album with a collection of snaps from your time together.
Music can carry lots of memories too. How about a playlist of 20 songs from different stages of your relationship?
Or an old school mixtape USB covered in stickers from your decade. The value here comes from the time you’ve put in, not the amount you’ve spent. If you don’t know how to make cheap Christmas gifts yourself, there are plenty of tutorials here on the site.
Give the gift of an experience
Some people will insist that they’ve already got enough material things and don’t need any more. That’s totally reasonable and I wish it was me. It makes sense environmentally so I’m trying to become minimalist.
If you still want to make an offering in some way, experiences are a great alternative and won’t end up cluttering their home or heading to the landfill. I’m the type of person who would be thrilled to receive a charitable donation as a gift. That’s how much stuff I have and it’s too much. So, what type of experience would suit someone like me?
You could search for tickets for an event you know they’d be desperate to go to, such as a one-off concert or a secret film screening. Alternatively, why not switch things up and sign them up for something completely new – like an Asian cookery lesson or a life drawing class?
As meaningful Christmas gifts go, experiences are great as they offer you the chance to come along too. This way you’ll book something solid in your respective diaries. It will give you both something to look forward to, and create new memories together once it comes around.
Spend quality time together
The Bank of England estimates that the average household spends £500 extra in December. Obviously, the majority of that money goes on presents – but Christmas shouldn’t be all about gifts. First and foremost, it’s a time to be together and reconnect with those who matter most.
The festive period can be hectic all the same, and fitting everyone in isn’t always easy.
Meaningful Activities for Making Memories
Keep it simple and go on a group dog walk or take everyone along to see the Christmas lights in your hometown.
Even spending a couple of hours together can be enough to catch up with each other’s lives.
Alternatively, why not suggest doing something they’re passionate about? Whether that means volunteering at their favourite charity or cooking up a batch of festive treats when the weather outside is frightful, you’ll have an excuse to chat and find out how they’re doing.
Embrace festive traditions (or make new ones)
It can be easy to forget how important festive traditions are, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the effort. If you’ve spent years going to the cinema on Christmas Eve, attending a carol service or decorating the tree as a family, don’t stop now!
If your circumstances have changed and there are new people in your life, introducing them to your age-old traditions can help to make them feel involved and less like outsiders. Getting new people on board is also a good way of keeping your traditions going for years to come.
Making New Traditions As Adults
And of course, why not make new ones as well? From decorating gingerbread houses with your nieces and nephews to taking your father in law to the pub on Boxing Day, traditions old and new can help to create a real sense of togetherness over the festive period.
Are you feeling motivated to make an effort this Christmas? Whether you find the perfect gift, plan a crowd-pleasing day out or simply catch up over a hot chocolate, there’s no pressure. As long as you’re around those you love, you can’t go wrong.