Quick gift ideas for your family this year
What better way to spend your money than on gifts for those you love. At least, this seems to be the philosophy of Americans.
According to a poll conducted by Gallup, in 2019 consumers in the US were planning to spend an average of $942 on Christmas gifts for their family and friends – up from $885 in 2018.
The same poll also learned that a significant 37% of Americans said they would spend over $1,000 or more on gifts for their loved ones – again up from 33% the year before. Some said they intended to visit bricks-and-mortar stores to pick their gifts personally, while others were planning to buy their gifts online to save time and hassle.
So, while Christmas may be a while off this year. what gifts are you planning to buy those close to you this year – for birthdays, anniversaries and Mother and Fathers’ Days?
If buying online, you’d be wise to research the best ways to shop safely online. And if you’re stuck for ideas, here are some quick gift suggestions that you can include in your shopping list for your family this year.
Buying a gift for your parents
Buying gifts for your parents can be a challenging task. What do you get the people who have everything (you!)?
There are two key choices when buying. present for your parents. Do you go the sentimental, treasure-it-forever route such as a framed family photo, or personally made gift?
Or you do you plump for practical, such as a kitchen device for avid chefs, or a high end espresso machine for a coffee lover? Your parents may even appreciate a wine accessory set, or a plush robe to relax in (even better if while drinking wine…).
Buying a gift for your sister
Your sister is often your partner in crime and secret-keeper, so she deserves a gift she will enjoy. Like perhaps a simple yet classic piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or bracelet. Or splurge on a high end makeup palette she can use every day.
If you’re stuck for money and want to give her something meaningful, why not make her a gift for the annual National Sisters Day? You may have craft, art or baking talents she’d enjoy.
Or you can opt to give her something that she’ll really appreciate, like the latest book from her favorite author, a vanity make-up mirror, or a sturdy travel pack if she travels often.
Buying a gift for your brother
Shopping for men can be tough – they often don’t ask for much, and if they need something they buy it for themselves before you’ve had time to gift it to them!
But buying a gift for your brother can be an exception. If your brother loves the outdoors, you can get him something that can protect him when he is out in the wild. This could be anything from a waterproof jacket, to a tactical knife, or a comfy camping tent.
You may also give him the latest video game for his preferred gaming console. Or, if your brother is more musically-inclined, you can choose to give him a high-quality noise-canceling headphone.
Buying gifts for your family doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. But whatever the price tag, seeing the smiles on their faces when they open your gifts is always a priceless moment.
You may follow these gift suggestions or buy something that your loved ones will enjoy based on their personality and interests. And hopefully it will be something they will treasure for a long time.
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