Gift Giving Suggestions and Tips

Tis the season to be jolly…and to do a lot of shopping.  While some people don’t get into the gift-giving that comes with the holiday season, many people do at least exchange small trinkets.  However, there’s a certain amount of stress that goes with giving gifts, especially if you don’t know what to buy a person or are on a limited budget.  However, there are a few ways you can make your Christmas gift giving a little easier.

•    Make a list of everyone you’re buying gifts for, what your budget is, and what you’re going to get them, if you know.  This will help ensure you don’t spend way more than you were planning, and it will also help save you time.  You won’t be wondering aimlessly around the mall looking at things—you’ll have a plan!

•    Shop early if possible.  Waiting until the last minute means dealing with crowds and facing the possibility of not finding what you want.

•    Shopping online also makes the holiday season less of a pain.  However, again it’s very important to shop early.  Otherwise, you may have to either pay for fast shipping or wait until after Christmas to give your gift.

•    If you have family or friends spread across the country, it’s usually convenient to send a Christmas centerpiece with flowers, a poinsettia, or even a fresh, decorated Christmas wreath from a local florist.  In the DC Metro areas, check out MyFlorist’s Christmas flowers, centerpieces and poinsettias.

•    Don’t be afraid to ask someone for gift ideas.  It’s better that you ask than get them something they already have or don’t need.

•    Keep all your receipts just in case, especially when buying electronics (something may be defective), fragile items (things can get broken while being shelved in the store), and clothing (not all brands are sized the same).

•    Food is always a good gift, especially if you know what someone likes.  Desserts, cheese, and candy are hard to beat.  Be certain the person doesn’t have a medical condition and needs to avoid certain food, of course.  A bottle of wine is also a good gift for some people.

•    Gift cards aren’t always a bad idea, and they aren’t always seen as impersonal.  For those who often eat out, a gift card to a restaurant would be appreciated.  College students might enjoy a gift card to Starbucks.  Instead of guessing what books someone might want, get them a gift card to a bookstore.

•    You don’t have to buy all of your gifts.  If you knit or crochet, make someone a hat, scarf, or blanket.  Scrapbooks are great gifts, too, as are original pieces of art.  Get creative!  Sometimes, in fact, handmade gifts are much more personal and touching than something bought at a store.

Make it Easy: Shop Online

Shopping online is very easy
Shopping online is very easy

The holiday season is here, and that means many people are out at the stores shopping for gifts.  It can be crazy out there!  You often have to park miles from the doors (or so it seems, especially if it’s really cold) and then you’ve got to fight through the crowds to find what you want.  Even if you do brave the crowds, you may get to the store only to find the gifts you wanted are sold out.  This holiday season, why not make it easy?  Shop online.

There are many great benefits to shopping online.  First of all, there’s no parking lot to walk through.  You don’t have to get out in the cold or worry about driving in the snow or on icy roads.  Instead of bundling up in a big, bulking coat and putting on gloves, a hat, and a scarf, you can sit back in your pajamas and buy gifts from the comfort of your own home.  If you have a laptop and wireless internet, you can even shop in bed! 

No crowds is another great advantage.  Why try to push your way through a store when you can scroll through that store’s inventory online?  It’s so easy to add items to your online cart, check out, and sit back and wait for your gifts to be delivered right to your doorstep.  Online stores often have more items in stock, too, since they can ship directly from large warehouses, whereas department stores are limited by space.

Some people are a bit hesitant to shop online despite how easy it is.  They worry about their items not being delivered on time, for example.  This is usually not a problem if you do your shopping early enough (there’s no night before Christmas shopping online!).  However, most websites do offer two day shipping, so if you don’t mind paying a little extra, delivery isn’t a problem at all. 

Another thing that makes people hesitate is using their credit card online.  If you’re shopping on a reputable business’s website, you don’t have anything to fear.  These sites have superior security that means your information is encrypted with the latest encryption technology.  If you are still not comfortable, you can always shop through PayPal, which allows you to use credit cards or your bank account to pay for items.  PayPal is a very trusted site, and by using it, you only give your personal information out to one website.

While there are a few concerns to shopping online, the benefits far outweigh them.  So this holiday season, don’t put yourself through the crazy shopping experience.  Make it easy: shop online!  Of course, you can order your holiday flowers directly from MyFlorist on our website, so be sure to check it out.