Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Christmas Present Tips For the Last-Minute Guys

When was the last time you sat next to someone who gloated that they had bought and wrapped their Christmas presents by the end of the summer sales? Trust us, these people either have no life, are cheapskates because they have paid less than half price for last year’s stock, or they are just plain cunning and are not to be messed with. How on earth did they know what Christmas presents to purchase that early on and where on earth have they put them? Storing Christmas presents is an annual challenge for most of us. There’s a fine line between getting them out of sight from prying eyes and remembering their clever hiding places again on Christmas Eve.

Those of you who have children will know it’s impossible to plan and buy their Christmas presents in advance. Oh yes, in September your five year old son will be banging on about a Dino Dig kit and you get it delivered straight away knowing that you’ve made a dream come true – until they come back from their best pal’s house in late November announcing they want a PicoZ Red Helicopter just like so-and-so’s. Now you’re in trouble. There will either be tears at Christmas time or your Christmas present budget just grew a little.

As soon as we get to November 1st, you can guarantee the huge pumpkin lanterns and witch hats will be sent back to the store room to make way for the life-sized reindeer and over-loaded Christmas trees in shops across the land. Anyone with an ounce of sense will mark this black day in the calendar and avoid the centre of town for the next seven and a half weeks. It’s not going to be pleasant so don’t bother. Some people make this choice simply to retain their sanity and good humour. Others avoid Christmas present shopping in the stores in the run-up to Christmas because if they don’t they will come out in a nervous rash. Shoppers can be ugly and vicious as they jostle for the last Grow Your Own Arsenal Pitch (did you see the stampede at Highbury in May 2006 for a slice of the real thing?) If you don’t believe us, rent the Arnie film “Jingle All the Way” and see just how bad it can be. (OK, it’s just a movie, but we have to make the point!)

So what’s the choice? If you can’t beat them, join them? Not quite. Buying your Christmas presents over the internet is the easiest solution. Making your selections at home before lunchtime and then putting your feet up in front of the match at 2.45 sounds like a morning well-spent. For the last-minute Christmas present shoppers, there are two options. One, you head down to town in the downpour while your mates are enjoying a few rounds in the pub, and spend hours hunting around stores that are already preparing for the post-Christmas sales. There’ll be no colours or sizes that anyone in their right minds would choose, nor will anything that meets your budget be available anymore. Or two, you jump online and choose the exact Christmas presents you had in mind, and wait for them to arrive. Who says you have no Christmas spirit? You just have better things to do with your time. You have still thought about what you are buying. And let’s face it, the number of times shoppers deliberate for ages over a Christmas present like an Iconic Telephone for their parents should I? Shan’t I? It’s not a problem you are likely to encounter. You make a decision on the spot and stick to it. In fact, once the item’s paid for the thought has flown. There are more people than care to admit that there have been a number of Christmas presents brought home and then the guilt pangs set in. What if they don’t like it? Is the colour right? Will they be offended by my humour? None of these questions are likely to bother you.

So you have sat yourself down at the PC and you are still wondering if there’s enough time to put it off till tomorrow because you hoped to squeeze in a round of golf today. Check the delivery times and then y ou’ll be able to make your decision. You don’t want to go to all this trouble and then discover that your Christmas presents won’t arrive till January 3rd. Your street cred would really take a nosedive if that were to happen, and you might just wish you’d been a little bit more ahead of the game.

The Perfect Birthday Present for that Little Girl (No Batteries Required)

The Dilemma

As a mom of a five-year-old girl, I have attended countless birthday parties in the past few years. With each event, comes the inevitable trip to the toy store to find an appropriate gift for the child of honor. I began to dread the gift-buying process. Toys had either too many pieces, were too sophisticated, were too popular and bound to be duplicates, were too expensive, or just not cool enough (according to my resident expert). The toys my daughter received last year were played with once or twice and piled up in the closet along with the rest of the colorful plastic presents of the past.

The Answer: Dress-up Costumes!

With no small piece to be choking hazards, no instructions to read, no set up necessary, no batteries required and plenty of variety from which to choose, I had come up with a unique and perfect Birthday Present.

Every little girl dreams of being a princess and every little girl love to dress up in beautiful silky dresses, wear crowns, wave magic wands and dance around the house. But, dress-up costumes are not limited to princesses alone. With so many costumes to choose from, there is something special and unique for each child.

How To Pick The Right Costume

I have given many costumes as gifts and have found that you can’t go wrong giving a little girl a Barbie costume. However, here are some tips to make the perfect selection:

* Find out what TV shows the child likes to watch. Often, costumes of the main characters are available.

* Does the child have a favorite movie? There are numerous licensed movie costumes available.

* Be sure to buy an ‘Official Licensed Costume’ if available. This will help ensure that the child will be able to recognize the costume, as it will be made according to licensing specifications.

* Check the size and buy the right one. Nothing is more disappointing than receiving a costume and it not fitting. Make sure you buy the right size. If you are not sure, buy the larger size.

Some Tips on Wedding Presents

Marriage Ceremonies are some of the most big and joyful celebration in one’s life – and all the better if you’re not the one getting married! I love going to friends’ and relatives’ wedding parties. I love seeing them happy, and who doesn’t like a good festivity? But there is one inevitable cunning fact with weddings – the wedding presents. Wedding presents are extremely puzzling and too much incredibly stressful. What is the precise amount to consume? How do I choose the present? Should I give money? Fortunately, there are many really acceptable ideas on how to pick out the good wedding gifts, and I have a few ideas that will help make a point you never dismay wedding gifts again.

The is the easiest thing that could ever happen to wedding presents. Fundamentally, the married couple is telling you exactly what they desire! Most registries are big and offer many kinds of gifts to adapt any budget. As far as how much money to spend on wedding gifts, a good guidepost is to expend under $150 for colleagues or casual friends and anyplace from $110 and up on close relatives and friends. With this criterion and the existence of registers, wedding presents are facile.

Some persons do not would like to give wedding gifts from a register. Maybe you think it is not very creative. Perhaps you prefer to surprise the couple with something they did not expect. Maybe you suppose it is not very personal and your want your wedding gifts to stand for something. Fair enough. Perhaps I suggest cash? All jollying aside, cash still excellently viable as an option for wedding presents. No married couple will turn down an envelope or check. Simply make sure you cognize where to put it at the reception. The groom or bride is usually the incorrect choice.

Finally, if you want to give wedding presents that could mean something special, suppose setting up the couple with a gift certificate they can utilize on their honeymoon. Evidently, this stands for you’d have to know where they are going, but if you can buy them a romantic dinner or health spa treatment when on their honeymoon, this can be an excellent and memorable choice among all the more foreseeable wedding gifts.

The truth is there’s no such thing as bad wedding gifts. Everyone loves gifts! Just give it a little thought and care, and you’ll have no problem selecting wedding presents for all the lucky grooms and brides in your life!