Shopping for Christmas presents can be a delight or a dilemma and much depends on whether you know exactly what to buy that special person, or whether you are racking your brains for inspiration.
The Sunday supplements and magazines in the lead up to Christmas are a great source of unusual and unique gift ideas which are worth noting. Similar and less expensive items are likely to be available at your local supermarket which is the ideal place to start the search for that perfect present. Most of the larger stores also stock a huge range of non-food items such as clothes, perfumes, books, electronics and toys, often at reduced prices to independent outlets.
For those difficult-to-buy-for relatives and friends, browse your supermarket and jot down a few potential ideas. What are their interests or hobbies?
For example, if they enjoy making cakes they would probably appreciate one of the latest baking books.
DVDs, which are sold in most supermarkets, are a clear present choice for all ages. From boxed sets of their favourite television series to the latest movies – or classic movies – there will be something for everyone. Non-fiction DVDs are also available on all manner of subjects from football to fitness.
While giving a little consideration to the age and possible health needs of your recipient; food and drink are always welcome and do not have to be expensive. A few carefully chosen items, such as a special packet of tea, chocolate biscuits, and perhaps a pretty cup and saucer, make a lovely gift.
Shopping for the wine buff is very easy. Your supermarket will stock a wide selection of excellent wines from all around the world and most adults appreciate a decent bottle of wine for Christmas. If your knowledge of wine is somewhat sketchy there will be staff on hand to advise you.
The chocolate lover is also catered for, with supermarkets at Christmas selling a range of gorgeous chocolates, including named and own- brands. large boxes of assorted centres, truffles, liquor chocolates and the chocolate Santas and snowmen which every child loves to find in their Christmas stocking.
Children are relatively simple to shop for. They generally know exactly what toys they want and the supermarket can provide them, along with plenty of small stocking fillers, games and stationery.
The beauty of all these Christmas presents is that every single one is available all under one roof from your local supermarket and at very competitive prices. No struggling to find somewhere to park in town, no trailing from shop to shop, no panicking that your on-line choices might arrive broken, or not arrive at all. Precious time, stress and money can be saved by starting early and it helps you to spread the cost.
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Vanessa is a blogger and work-from-home mum who writing about cooking and parenting, when not tied up by her two toddlers. She’s also into arts and crafts, likes things that glitter and any excuse for a childrens’ party.