Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide – What to get those who are Tough to Buy For || Guest Post

Beauty Fanatic
Put together your own beauty kit for them and include all the treats they’d love. From pampering through to getting ready to go out – add in a range of items that will take them from the home to a night out on the town.

A face mask and body scrub, along with some skin care products will help them unwind and feel rejuvenated. Pick up a cute make-up bag – you can choose something one that really matches their personality. Etsy has loads so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Do they have a favourite magazine? Pop one in, and if it comes with a free gift, then that’s an extra gift for them! Little nail varnishes and eye shadows work well too. If you have some budget left over then go for a beauty treatment voucher. HD brow treatments are huge right now but if you’re unsure what they’d like, opt for a monetary voucher. Oh, and don’t forget chocolate – key staple of Christmas gifts!

The Expectant Mother
A ‘mother and baby’ gift basket will be the perfect present for the expectant mother. Make her feel pampered and cared for while she’s going through a somewhat uncomfortable time. Treats for before and after the birth will give them something to enjoy now and something look forward to.

A spa voucher will allow them to take some time out and relax – a foot or back massage might be just what they need if they’re suffering from swollen feet or backache. Think about what they may be going through and the relevant gift, and you won’t go far wrong! A clay cast and photo frame set will go down well – something exciting for when he/she arrives. For something fun try a quirky maternity t-shirts and be sure to include a soothing-scented candle and chocolates. If there’s something they haven’t been able to eat or drink since they’ve been pregnant, pop in one of those too…maybe they can’t wait for their favourite coffee again.

The Traveller
Do you know where they’re next planning to go on their travels? Or do you know the kinds of holiday activities they like to do? Base your gift choices on the answers to those questions, but for as a general guide go for the following types of items.
A digital camera will stand them in good stead wherever their next adventure is. A photo album or voucher to get some images printed will allow them to have some memories from the trip around the house. If you do know their next destination a book on the language or top places to go to will be helpful and thoughtful. If you’re looking to create a lower budget (but equally amazing) gift then combine things like the language book and a compass with a number of funny items, such as snorkel, waterproof coat, sun block, and a handy bag with some holidaying-essentials inside. If they’re looking for inspiration on where to go next, go the extra mile and pick up a book on top travel destinations.

Gadget, gadgets, gadgets!
The gadget man or woman can be a difficult person to buy for. Choose gadgets based on one of their interests, such as music, cooking, technology or sport. Some tech pieces can be a bit expensive so if you want to give them a few presents, pick a main gift and then find a few related, but cheap, items that fit with the particular interest you’ve chosen.

A techy watch that has Smart features like GPS is great for those that love watches or general technology. If they love their iPad or phone then a special case, such as 3D printed one which you can have custom designed, will show you’ve really paid attention to what they like. They love sports? Try one of the latest fitness pieces, like a pedometer. If music is their passion go for special headphones for the device they listen to it on. If you’re looking to a get a few smaller bits then go for the headphones or case and team them with things like a smartphone projector or an electronic kit for them to fix or adapt one of their many cool toys; you pick these kinds of things up at a fairly low cost.

Sources
Beauty Fanatic: Beauty Product, Make-up
The Expectant Mother: Pampering, Baby Gift
The Traveller: Camera, Travel Kit
Gadget, gadgets, gadgets: iPad Cases, Headphones

*This post was written as a guest post for my blog.