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All-around gift guide

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With Christmas right around the corner, consider the quality and price of the gifts one will give away this year. Gift-giving can be difficult and to make Christmas shopping―or any gift related occasion―easier, here are some considerations for buying the perfect gift for loved ones:

Sentimental Gifts

Sentimental gifts are the most impactful and a lot of thought is put into these gifts, so they tend to hold the most value, for both the recipient and the giver. When aiming for a sentimental gift, think about the special memories in that relationship or friendship. The item can be something that reminds them about a joke between the giver and the recipient since it can help recall a special memory or event which can be very heartwarming. 

Personal needs

A gift that pertains to the personal needs of the recipient is something that they would tremendously appreciate, especially if they are on a tight budget. Consider buying something specific to their lifestyle. Try to pinpoint what they are missing when being around the recipient. Purchase products that will make their lifestyle easier. If the recipient is a student, ask oneself, “What does a student need?” If they are an athlete, give the recipient equipment or appropriate attire that they might need. There are a lot of ways to approach evaluating what one may need.

Interest/Wish List

Consider the recipients’ interests and their favorite hobbies, color, or clothing. Brainstorm by making a list of things they have mentioned in the past. If that does not work, do some digging. Look through who they are following on social media. Perhaps you may stumble upon an influencer or celebrity they have an affinity for and purchase their merchandise. Brands or companies they keep up with are also helpful, as one can always buy them a gift card or product from said brand. If the recipient has an Amazon account, one can always go through their wish list for fail-proof ideas. 

These are merely a few things to keep in mind when planning out gifts. No matter what the gift is, the holiday season is right around the corner, and it is ideal to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Filled with various opportunities for deals and crazy discounts, this is the time to begin gift-planning. In the end, as cliche as it may sound, it is really the thought that counts. 

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