With only a few days left to Christmas we all start to feel the pressure as our preoccupation with giving heart-warming, jaw-dropping, tear-jerking gifts for Christmas becomes a little neurotic. Giving gifts can be a stressful affair, whether it's picking your boss for Secret Santa, or attempting to convey how much your Mum means to you through a particular scent of candle.

It’s the tricky season of present giving, the Three Wise Men took baby Jesus
gold, frankincense, and myrrh, whilst we are sure Mary was very grateful, more practical options may have been welcome. Buying the perfect gift for your loved one, colleague or friends is difficult as there is so much to choose from.

A wise man would heed the following advice...

1) How to choose the right present

Learn about the recipient’s interests to find what would best suit them. What do their hobbies include? What do they do in their spare time? It’s hard not to buy something that you like yourself instead of thinking about the person you are buying it for (we have all done it!). Put some thought and time into deciding what they will appreciate and is a touching choice from you. Once you know their interests, you can shop smarter and have a much better chance of getting that perfect gift with the thought that says: “I picked this gift especially for you”.

Think about if the item is something they would not buy themselves or if they have thought about it for a while but haven’t brought themselves to purchase. They may have commented on a herringbone tabby blanket a number of times but don’t feel that they can buy it for their own accord. They will appreciate the fact that you have listened to them as well as love their gift!

2) Do not feel you have to buy expensive gifts

Giving gifts is about showing people you care; it’s not about showing how much money you have. A Christmas present is a gift from the heart so you shouldn’t feel you have to buy a really expensive gift.

3) Don’t rush it

Spend time looking for the ideal gift. If you rush it you are unlikely to give a present which you are happy with. Take the time to browse and shop around; don’t just buy the first thing you see.

4) Create a List

If you list all the people that you are buying for and put a couple of gift ideas alongside each name this may really help you. If you know roughly what to buy your friends and family before shopping it will really save you time and help finding that perfect present.

5) Search for Ideas Online

Where would we be without online shopping? You can now search for special gifts from the comfort of your own home so take the time to shop around while avoiding the hustle and bustle of a busy town.

6) Remember why you are giving

Gift giving is a form of communication; when someone gives you a gift you can be instantly aware of what it says. Some say “I love your creativity” for example a bright notebook , others such as a relaxing candle  say “You deserve a little time out”. A gift should put a smile on a person’s face and give them that warm fuzzy feeling that someone is thinking of them.

Good luck, it’s not long now until Christmas so enjoy the festivities.