How to Christmas Shop the Slacker-Proof Way

Do you sweat as you think about what to get your honey this Christmas, the holiday only a few days away? You might be especially concerned, because you don’t want to get your partner something s/he won’t like. There is no need for you to worry, though. Of course you can’t guarantee that your sweetheart will enjoy your gift, but you can improve your chances of wowing your other half by remembering a few things.

If you wish to please your sweetheart this Christmas, try any of the following while holiday shopping:

1) Browse. If you’re stumped about gift ideas for your significant other while at the mall, the best thing to do may be to stop thinking. Sometimes by walking into stores with nothing on your shopping list, you may discover interesting, useful or coveted items you’d have never considered.

2) Be thoughtful. Remember something s/he said s/he wanted or needed. Get something you think s/he’d like based on his or her interests. Even something your partner said was “cool” in conversation may work.

3) Be romantic. A scrapbook, a love letter in a bottle, a dog tag with your face on it. When you go out of your way to make a gift special for your partner, s/he may be impressed. In addition, s/he may relish the sweetness of such a gift.

4) Get something extraordinary. If you stumble upon an object that is innovative and unique, think about whether or not your sweetie will like it. Though such items have mass appeal, it best to consider whether your romantic companion will find it desirable or not. After all, you don’t want to hear complaints or realize your honey threw your Christmas present in the back of his or her closet.

5) Get something useful. If there are certain objects you know your partner will use, they may become gifts that aren’t abandoned. Such items include objects your partner needs newer versions of, objects his or her interests indicate s/he’ll like, something she needs to restock on or a gift card. For instance, you could purchase your sweetie a phone if his or hers is damaged, an E-reader if s/he is an avid reader, makeup if s/he is running out or a VISA gift card that can be used anywhere that accepts VISA.

6) If your other methods fail, give something safe. Stray away from items that involve your honey’s personal taste unless you know his or her taste well. Fragrances are just one of the items on the bad list. There are usually items you know your partner will like. Edible body paint, model cars, sequin heels. If you stick to these, your partner may just rejoice on Christmas day.

You may know 17th century writer Baltasar Gracian said: “The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.” You should always put effort into the gifts you give to your honey, as Gracian recommends. Even if your significant other dislikes your Christmas present, s/he may appreciate the energy you put into choosing it. And at least you can’t say you didn’t try.

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