Inside: Want to find out the 3 easy steps to coming up with perfect Christmas gift ideas?? Read on!
I went out shopping with my mom and she picked up this beautiful gold Pandora ring. She put it on, smiled and then put it back.
A light bulb went off in my head. It was only July but I knew I needed to make a note to buy this for her.
It would be a perfect Christmas gift!
Christmas isn’t just a holiday– it’s a state of mind! And I don’t know about you, but I always have my radar on and thinking of what I can gifts I can get for my family.
But finding the perfect Christmas gift can be hard. Luckily, I found a great system and method to help you plan and brainstorm Christmas gift ideas for family and friends!
Thinking of Christmas gift ideas can drive you crazy. But if you give yourself enough time to find that perfect gift, it can be so much more than just an item– it turns into a heartfelt, meaningful treasure.
The key to coming up with great Christmas gift ideas is to think of the person, their interests, wants, and needs and then try to add a personal touch to something you know they would like!
That’s it- super simple right??
Today I’m going to help you think of perfect Christmas gift ideas for all of your loved ones by using this super easy method! This Christmas gift ideas brainstorm will also work for your friends, coworkers, and anyone else you need to buy a gift for.
Trust me, after you use this method you’ll be giving gifts that are personal, heartfelt and that everyone will love and cherish!
Let’s get down to it!
How to Come Up with the Perfect Christmas Gift Ideas
To come up with perfect Christmas gift ideas, you want to follow these simple steps!
First, you want to think of each person on your Christmas list individually and then brainstorm their interests, wants, and needs. Then all you have to do is try to find something that falls into those categories!
Next, add a personal touch to the gift as well to add a bit of personalism.
Let’s dive into each of these steps!
The BEST part about this method is that it works on your whole Christmas list, from thinking about what to buy your mom to what to buy your coworker!
Step 1: Make a Christmas List
The absolute easiest way to keep track of everyone you want to buy a gift for is by making a Christmas list. That way, you can pinpoint each person individually and then brainstorm a perfect gift(s) for them.
The next step after actually creating your Christmas List and write down everyone you want to buy gifts for is to zero in on one person at a time and think of their interests. Here are some things to help you brainstorm someone’s interests:
- Things they love to do,
- love to wear,
- love to eat,
- love to drink,
- places they love to go,
- things they love to watch,
- things they use on a daily basis
- favorite colors
Use the “Christmas Gift Ideas and List” in my Free Christmas List & Budget Planner to write down all of these ideas!
If you are stuck and can’t think of any particular interests then feel free to ask someone who knows that person well. Ask a parent or a sibling or a best friend.
Even keep an eye on that person and try to watch what they like to do. Try to pay close attention to when they talk because usually, people mention what their interest in everyday conversation! So be sure to pay attention!
After you brainstorm someone’s interests, you want to think of things you think they want. Maybe it’s something they mentioned earlier in the year. Or maybe it’s something you know they would want because they expressed interest in it already.
Sometimes when we brainstorm perfect Christmas gift ideas we want to be able to give someone something that you know they would love because it’s something you know they are interested in. But also you know they’ll love it because it’s something they want!
A secret key to thinking of amazing Christmas gift ideas is to also keep in mind something that a person needs. Which is very different than something they want!
When you give someone something they need it becomes useful to them and makes it extra special.
There are some gifts that are something someone loves, wants, and needs all in one gift! Score! Sometimes we don’t always know what someone needs so you can feel free to ask a relative or friend to double-check if there’s something you can give them.
BONUS: Be sure to download the Christmas Gift Tracker so you can start your Christmas list and get organized! The tracker includes a section to write out each person’s interest, wants, and needs so you can easily brainstorm and have all of your gift ideas organized in one place. To download, CLICK HERE!
CHRISTMAS PRO TIP:
To help you come up with amazing Christmas gift ideas, have a place you can secretly keep all of the little hints people drop throughout the year. Try making a note on your phone about things they love, want or need.
That way, when Christmas comes around you have a whole list of things that you know would make great gifts!
I usually write little snippets on my notes tab on my phone all year long and then come November when I start my Christmas List my gift ideas are already done!
Step 2: Add a personal touch to the gift
No matter what gift you choose to buy or make for someone, always try to add a personal touch to the gift.
Maybe you want to write the year under it or personalize it with initials or something you know they would love. I always find that gifts with personal touches are so appreciated and everyone really loves them!
Even a handmade card to go along with the gift is so heartfelt and personal!
Some gift ideas with personal touches:
- An ornament with their name
- An ornament signifying a significant life event that year
- A blanket or pillow with their name or initials embroidered
- A book bag or cosmetic case with their name or initial
- A robe with their initials
- A handmade card or gift tag
- A mug or cup with photos
- A piece of jewelry with an initial
Step 3: The 4-gift rule
I know of some families that have the 4-gift rule. To keep all of their family gifts the same amount they give 4 gifts:
- Something they want
- Something they need
- Something they wear
- Something they need
4 gifts may seem like a lot to give to one person but each of these items can be small and heartfelt. Or maybe you want to make sure they each person in your family is getting an equal number of gifts.
(This comes in handy when the kids are counting each other’s gifts to make sure everyone is even, haha!).
Budget Pro Tip: To help you set a budget for each person on your list, write down each person’s interests, wants, and need. Then decide how much you would like to spend on the person based on what you would like to get them and what you think they would like. I find the inexpensive gifts are the ones that my friends and family love the most because I either make them or give them thrifty finds that they’ve never seen before. Don’t think that expensive gifts are the better ones!
Free Gift Tracker Printable!
If you want to really think of the perfect Christmas gift ideas for your family and friends then you are going to LOVE my free Christmas Gift Tracker!
It includes a place to track each person’s likes, wants, needs and helps you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Download it now!
Well, there you have it!
Sometimes thinking of the perfect gift can be tasking but try not to overthink it. Just use your heart to guide you because the best gifts are the ones that are given in love!
Don’t get caught up in buying the most expensive gift or spending a lot of money either. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart and are given in love, no matter the cost!
Happy Christmas List Making!
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