There are only 27 days until Christmas and you may not have started your shopping yet. This year, step out of the gift box before buying the first item on someone’s Christmas list, and think about the type of person they are and the things they like. One thing to keep in mind before you decide what to buy typically is what does your family and friends really want that they may not buy themselves?
There are two types of shoppers: ones that find great gifts that mean something personal, and ones who aren’t sure what to get and usually end up giving gift cards. One type isn’t better than the other and some people are difficult to shop for. But when you do begin your Christmas shopping (if you haven’t already), try to find a gift from the heart. What would make that person smile? Is there a gift that can make their life easier or more enjoyable? Maybe what they truly want is an experience such as spending time together cheering on their favourite hockey team at Rogers Arena, tasting wines until they start acting silly, or quality time on the links with their favourite golf buddy. Those gifts may not last forever, but the memories will. So before you start shopping, try to think of a few things that aren’t on their list that they would enjoy. And hey, if they don’t like the gift, isn’t that why we include gift receipts?