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Never Mind Two Front Teeth All I Want For Christmas is a Personalised Gift

Sep 5, 2008
Every December as the bells jingle and the nights become silent the Christmas season arrives. Each year the 'season to be jolly' creeps up almost unnoticed until it is upon us, and many people find themselves overwhelmed by what is a stressful and extremely busy time.

One of the main stresses of this time is the hunt for Gifts for friends and loved ones. Not just gifts, but presents that people are going to actually want and cherish, and not gifts that have them rummaging for the receipt before the wrapping paper is even in the bin. All through December the high streets buzz with the weary feet of shoppers' searching for these gifts as they stand in snaking queues and scrabble for the last of the shelved goods with other super-stressed shoppers.

This problem has been alleviated somewhat in recent years by people moving their Christmas shopping online. The advantages are numerous, including choice, ease and a reduction in the Everest-like stress that can accumulate as you trawl the heaving high street for these gifts. Furthermore, internet research can give you more creative gift ideas than those that can be obtained by slogging around the shops.

However, even with these improvements, people still find that Christmas gifts have become very impersonal, as if there are set, safe rules to buy by; perfume for mum, the kids will have a deodorant/shower gel gift set and dad can have a book on formula one or football. For people striving to add that individual touch to their gifts, personalisation is an avenue they should certainly consider. The internet is replete with ideas for personalised gifts, and a swift search should give you all the inspiration you need.

Many sites make it very easy for the shopper, dividing gift ideas into identifiable sub-sections. These categorisations however have a bit more imagination than the typical ideas discussed above. For dads, the possible gift ideas are numerous, and run from the adventurous to the more relaxing. For instance, anyone who has a self-confessed petrol-head for a father could buy a rally rush experience day as a present, where the lucky dad gets a couple of sessions with an instructor in a rally car as well as a personalised gift pack. More sedate options for Gifts include things such as calendars and a bottle of personalised whiskey.

One of the more thoughtful options is the "Me to You Book", which you give to your father. Inside are questions about his life for him to fill in, such as his most cherished memories. This gives an invaluable insight into his life, and would make an extremely thoughtful and touching gift.

The most important woman in most peoples' life is not forgotten either! For mums, there is also a wide choice of unique and personalised gifts. Top of the scale are a series of "experience days", which can range from spa pampering sessions to recording studio time. All in all, there is an experience out there to suit everyone's' mum's taste.

For those looking for a more personal touch, there are some excellent ideas out there. One idea is a paperweight or keepsake, which is a glass ornament with a special, personalised message inside. Although things such as this can be bought anywhere, the personal touch added with the bespoke message should serve to make this gift extra-special.

Of course, with their crazed excitement and mile-long lists to Santa, Christmas is very much about the little ones in your life. This is also the one place where you find it extremely easy to buy, being as they have told you a hundred times and/or left ever so subtle hints as to what they would like to be ripping open on Christmas morning. However, stocking fillers can be a little trickier

As we know, kids like to get involved with their gifts, whether it be constructing an elaborate castle out of Lego or blasting aliens away on a computer game. Along this personalisation theme, you can purchase a "Make you own OPOLY" game. This takes the ever-popular Monopoly idea and leaves it in the children's' hands to personalise, meaning your very own house could be taking the place of Mayfair on your board! Another cool idea is the "moon jar", a jar that stores sunlight during the day and gives out a milky moon-glow at night. This could be a great gift as a substitute for a nightlight for young children. There is also an opportunity to buy Christmas cards that you personalise yourself, allowing the whole family to send cards with a very heartfelt, personal touch. There are further gift ideas for the teens in your life, as well as grandparents and others.

In short, there is no excuse now to have the idea-bereft stressing of festive seasons gone by. Online shopping has taken the hassle out of the dreaded trip to town and has introduced a whole new way of thinking about imaginative and thoughtful Christmas Gifts. So, better get those gift lists off to Santa quick!
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