1. Shop local boutiques
Specialty stores in your area carry specific products that lend themselves to very individualized gifts. An added bonus is the help you’re giving local business owners. During the holidays, stopping to think where you can best spend your money is something to consider. Helping the community while finding something more personal and unique makes you an excellent gift giver.
2. One-click shopping
Nothing's wrong with wanting to avoid the mayhem and opting for some quick and easy online shopping. Very often websites offer free shipping over the holiday season, as well as great deals that are comparable to in-store prices. Who has time to sift through picked-over piles at the mall anyway? With so much to do this holiday season, finish your shopping with just one click — it's a no-brainer!
3. Get creative with do-it-yourself projects
If you're specifically skilled at painting, drawing or knitting, giving the gift of your time and talent will mean worlds more than a gift you spent two seconds pondering over in the mall. There's quite a difference between a sweater you spent hours working on and one you found stuck to the bottom of a bin. Time and talent will go miles farther in someone's heart.
4. Give the gift of adventure
Skip an actual present and create a homemade coupon book filled with mini adventures you and a friend or loved one can go on. For kids, this could include scavenger hunts in the park, days spent sledding or hot cocoa treats before bed. You could include adventures for each month, like skiing, hiking, fishing, pedal boating or bike riding that will last throughout the year. Planning activities now for each month will increase the odds of actually making time to go explore the outdoors together. A gift that requires no expensive purchases and brings people together is golden.
5. Check out the local craft store
The craft and hobby store is the perfect place to start shopping for kids and adults alike. If you know of a hobby someone loved as a child, reignite their fascination with a new model toy or crafting supplies. New art supplies for kids will provide endless fun during the cold winter months ahead. With specific craft stores, they actually offer a larger selection than big name retailers in the mall anyway, which ensures you'll find a custom gift.
6. Make gift baskets
Putting together a gift basket is fun, unique and personalized — plus you can make it by using items from your local grocery, book or drugstores without having to step foot in the mall. Gather up some DVDs and snacks for "a lazy day" gift basket, or put together a batch of newly released books for the bookworm in your life. A collection of home-improvement, garden, health, fashion or entertainment magazines, specified to the person’s interests are also sure to hit the mark.