Guide to holiday gift-giving: Stay stress-free

By Sophie Grove,
West York Area High School

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to gift-giving. Sometimes after hours of searching, it might seem like a person is “impossible” to shop for. This holiday guide can help teens find the perfect gift through planning and knowing just what to look for.

1. Get personal. Try to think of things that you share with that person. Whether it’s activities or common interests that the two of you often talk about, involving these things with your gift show you’re truly thinking about them and your relationship.

For example, you and your mom love to read and talk about books, so a nice gift idea for her would be a Kindle.

2. Ask. There’s nothing wrong with asking someone what they want. But just avoid asking that exact question, because more often than not that person will say “I don’t know” or “Whatever you get is fine,” out of politeness. It’s better to casually bring up what they’re interested in or discuss favorite stores or activities.

3. Set a price. Don’t buy an extravagant gift that you can’t afford. Avoid over-spending or under-spending, by comparison to the gift received. It might be an awkward conversation, especially with a boyfriend or girlfriend, but it’s necessary to talk about the budget. It’s easiest to say something like, “I was thinking we could do something little for each other for the holidays,” to imply that it would be a simple, cheaper gift. Or say, “I had something in mind to give you, but it’s a bigger gift, so I hope that’s okay,” when you want to buy something more expensive. But remember, it’s perfectly okay for the other person to object, after all, that is why you’re asking.

4. Think useful and practical. It’s easy to get lost in something perfect… that isn’t fitting for the person you’re getting the gift for. This is why it’s important to have a plan, so you’re not distracted by unnecessary things that are so beautifully on display at stores.

For example, a fancy sweater is probably not what you’re basketball-playing boyfriend wants. Sneakers that are his favorite brand or a jersey of his favorite player are more thoughtful.

5. There’s no such thing as the “perfect gift.” Finding a gift can be stressful especially if it’s for someone important to you. If you’re having trouble finding one single thing, instead look for several smaller items that go together. Also, there are thousands of nice sets gifts that can be easily purchased already together.

For example, filling a small purse with several other girly items, like nail polish and makeup, works for just about any girl.

6. Don’t stress. At the end of the day, it’s truly the gesture that they will appreciate. It’s rare that a person is displeased with a gift, because it’s the time and effort that a friend or family member spent that is important to them.

About Matt Eyer

Breaking News Editor at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow me on Twitter @mjeyer.
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