Does the thought of Christmas gift shopping give you the heebie-jeebies? You are suffering from giftophobia and you are not the only one. Giftophobia is common around this time of the year – the fear of giving and receiving the wrong gifts? We know it is the thought behind the gift that matters. However, won’t it be nice if your near and dear ones actually find your gifts useful?
The top 5 tips to master the art of gift shopping are:
Gift Shopping Observe:
Research the people you are buying gifts for. Observe their lifestyle, preferences, hobbies and interests. Your favourite aunt is Scottish, crafty and crotchety (pun intended). She is an active member of the lacemakers’ guild and loves all things handmade. Will she not love a paisley kaftan with a hand crochet yoke?
Mummy dearest is an avid gardener and roots for all things Australian. Deidaa’s Australia scarf will be a tribute to her green finger and patriotism.
The colleague who sits next to you loves the neutral palette. She does wear a statement scarf when attending boardroom meetings. A digitally printed scarf will complement her understated elegance.
Your bestie is overseas, this Christmas. She also happens to be a eco-warrior, passionate about all things organic. Ask Deidaa to send an organic t-shirt to her, and see her shed a few tears of joy on Skype. Do you know Deidaa offers worldwide free shipping and complimentary gift wrapping? Deidaa will include a gift card with your message in it.
Be a good listener. What has your neighbour been talking about lately? How she can’t wait for the holiday in Bali, where she will do nothing but soak up the sun. Be a good neighbour and give her a tropical kaftan and a beach bag, this Christmas.
Your little niece is not that little anymore. She is taking baby steps towards adulthood. She is experimenting with beauty and fashion. She will love the pompom and fringed scarves or the sequined beanies.
For your other half, aka the ‘Barbeque King’, pick up some cooking aprons with funky slogans. If mini-me usually accompanies the dad, you can buy the parent and kids apron.
Go by the stars:
Follow astrology. I am a typical Virgo and love organizers while my Libra friend loves flamboyance and colour. Deidaa has a wide range of colourful kaftans, dresses, scarves and bags to choose from.
You could take the easy way out by giving cash, gift cards or vouchers. These are practical and quick but lack the personal touch. And most of these gift cards simply sit in our wallets, till they are past their use by dates!
For gift shopping tips, follow Deidaa’s giftopedia series @deidaafashiononline on Instagram. Watch this page. Deidaa’s next post is about creative gift wrapping.