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Four easy gift-giving tips

During the Christmas season, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of having the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you don’t turn into a holiday hot mess before the new year:

1. Make a list of all of the things you know that person is interested in

Think of the person and not the item.

If you make a short list of things that you know the person likes, it will be much easier to keep with that theme instead of conducting an aimless search for a random present.

Live Science reported that gift givers should not focus on what they would like to give, but rather what the gift receiver would like to receive.

If you can’t think of anything they want, think of something they might need. Practical gifts for everyday life such as a whiteboard for a college student’s dorm or a fun water bottle for your fitness savvy friend will always be a good idea.

2. Make the unwrapping (and wrapping) experience fun

Giving gifts this year to your loved ones is a sweet act of service. (Valerie Fisher)
VALERIE FISHER | Scroll Photography

Use newspaper or book pages as wrapping paper and twine as ribbon for a modern look.

You can also use clippings of leftover holiday cards as gift tags, according to realsimple.com.

Make a treasure hunt by wrapping a clue that gives the person a hint about where to find their present. Make sure the clue is simple enough to find but tricky enough to make it fun.

3. Give an experience rather than an item

If they like a certain music genre, get them tickets to a concert instead of a CD. If they like a certain restaurant, give them a coupon for a dinner date instead of a gift card.

The Huffington Post reported that experiences will last longer than items and are typically a lot more personal and heartfelt. Experiences are also much less prone to create clutter.

4. If all else fails, go for a gag gift

If you simply cannot think of anything to give as a gift, consider at least trying to make them laugh.

Go for something ironic such as a pink onesie for your manly brother. Many other gag gifts can be found on amazon.com.

This holiday season, don’t overthink your gifts but start thinking early. As long as they’re thought out and from the heart, the recipient is sure to love it.

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