When I first moved to Florida from New Jersey I thought to myself, “Will the winter holiday season ever feel the same?” Without snowmen and hot chocolate, how could I possibly get into the holiday spirit? But once the Christmas lights went up and the palm trees were all aglow I realized that December in Florida is pure magic! From surfing Santas to sand angels, I’ve really grown to love and embrace spending the holidays here in South Florida with my family.
As a mom, wife, and—yes!—grandmother, I look forward to this time of year when everyone slows down a bit and comes together. Whether its lighting the menorah for Hanukkah or going to my daughter’s to help trim her Christmas tree, I really take this as an opportunity to remind those around me just how much they mean. (And let’s be real, a lot of that is done with presents!) So without further ado, here is my top 5 tips for shopping for the perfect gift this holiday season.
1. Know Your Customer- When shopping for a family member or close friend, don’t buy what you would want, buy what they would want. Think back to conversations you’ve had over the past year. Did someone mention a store they absolutely loved or a pair of sneakers they have been eyeing? Tapping into those old conversations will show that not only do you care but also pay attention.
2. Go in With a Budget- Going in with a budget is really essential to making sure you don’t overspend this holiday season. Having a pre-set amount also saves time, as you don’t have to sift around through everything, leaving you able to do other things like bake holiday cookies, or in my case order them from the bakery!
3. Skip Generic Gift Cards- While it’s tempting to pick up a gift card on the run, it pretty much sends the message, “I put in no effort, whatsoever.” Instead opt for something more personal, like a monogrammed bathrobe or stationary set, which aren’t necessarily expensive but really shows thoughtfulness.
4. Group Gift- It’s totally ok to ask people to pitch in to buy someone something extravagant. I assure you that 5 people chipping in to buy a designer bag will be a much bigger hit than 5 separate perfume sets from the mall.
5. Not this Season’s Greetings- An interesting gift to give this year would be an experience to have at a much later date. Giving someone something to look forward to is a great way to keep the excitement of the present going strong for months on end. Get tickets to a spring concert or summer festival. Everyone loves putting something cool on their calendar!