About one month before Christmas, blogs and magazines are starting to fill up with handy tips for all kinds of gift guides, either sorted by budget or by types of people for whom you might have to find a gift.
I did the same last year, and it was a rather successful post. But do these gift guide really do the trick? Shouldn’t you know your family and friends well enough that you do not need a gift guide at all?
Why Gift Guides Won’t Really Help You
Most of these guide just include random stuff that probably makes ok presents, but is this really what Christmas is all about? Don’t get me wrong; I do love giving and receiving presents – a lot. But, I could not shake that icky feeling I got when looking through yet another guide. As soon as the Christmas decorations go up, the gift guides appear and a big consumerist love fest starts.
So, in the end, I decided not to publish gift guides anymore. I don’t know what the people you love would want for Christmas. I have no idea what the perfect gift for your Mom or your boyfriend would be because I do not know them.
Instead of relying on gift guides compiled by bloggers, take a moment and think about every person you want to give a gift for Christmas. Recall conversations you had or experiences you shared. Christmas is not about budgets or stereotypes, it’s not even about the presents, but about the people we love.
If you don’t have an idea what to give your friend or family for Christmas, call your Mom, go for a drink with your best friend or write down things you associate with the person you want to make a present to. That’s where you will find all the inspiration you need.
Add a personal note or letter
And, maybe after you found the perfect gift and you are about to wrap it, add a little note where you tell them why you picked this gift. Then at the latest, you will realize that “You told me about your love for this author when we met for coffee a few weeks ago and that you hadn’t read her last book yet. I hope you will enjoy it as much as her other works.” will sound much better than “This book was recommended in a gift guide on this blog I read. They said it would be perfect for ‘bookworms’.”
So, yeah that’s just my two cents about gift guides this year.