Among the most important Christmas gifts we buy are the ones we’re going to be presenting to our significant others. This can create a little bit of a high-pressure situation. If you’re stuck for inspiration, there are a few tried-and-true options that consistently get great results.
Winter is, of course, characterised by cold weather. So, why not shop for something that will keep your other half warm? The trend this year is toward the Oodie, which is a little bit like a dressing gown – or a cross between a hoodie and a blanket. Slippers, woolly socks, and actual dressing gowns will also tend to provide the required level of comfort and cosiness.
Fandom is a powerful source of inspiration when it comes to buying gifts. If you’re shopping for someone with a passion for a particular television show or videogame franchise, then the chances are good that there’s a lot of merchandise aimed squarely at scratching that itch. T-shirts, framed posters, and desktop paraphernalia all work amazingly well as Christmas presents.
On the other hand, you might be shopping for a huge football fan. The same rule applies here – with the ideal gift unquestionably being a replica kit. If your other half already owns the home kit, then you might buy the away kit – or vice versa.
There is such a thing as too many possessions. They can clutter up your living space, and make your home generally less pleasant to inhabit. An alternative comes in the form of consumable items like food and drink, and in one-off experiences and activities. A day in a sports car at a race track can be exhilarating, as can an escape room experience. If you’re both participating in the same experience, then you’ll create memories together – which, after all, is what being in a relationship is all about.
The best gifts are the ones that have a touch of personality to them. You might etch someone’s name into some glassware, or paint it onto a mug. You might buy a set of chocolates that you’ve selected personally to match their particular tastes.
Thanks to the internet, it’s never been easier to track down personalised gifts. The only downside is that you’ll need to move early, because personalisation usually involves extra time to get the necessary work done.