Christmas- A Joyous Occasion. Photo Credit: www.timeanddate.com
Christmas- A Joyous Occasion. Photo Credit: www.timeanddate.com

Christmas season is widely celebrated around the world and gifts form a huge part of this celebration. Giving your near and dear ones, beautiful and thoughtful presents is a common activity during Christmas, shops, markets, departmental stores etc hold proper Christmas sales, where you can buy amazing gifts at amazing prices. The gifts that people exchange amongst each other, are an easy way of passing on love between friends and families. It is safe to say that without gifts, the essence of Christmas would be half lost.

A lot of effort goes in to celebrating Christmas. From Christmas food, to Christmas decorations to Christmas gifts, everything has to be remarkable for this event. For Christmas food, delicious, mouth watering feasts for the entire family, are prepared, which they devour together. Some even invite friends and relatives to increase the crowd and have more fun. Money is spent on decorating Christmas trees with beautiful decoration pieces, some people put little, twinkling lights all over their houses and trees in their gardens to give it a festive look. But out of all these preparations, the amount of effort which people make to select the perfect Christmas gift for their friends and family is worth mentioning.

Christmas Gifts. Photo Credit: www.publicdomainpictures.net
Christmas Gifts. Photo Credit:
www.publicdomainpictures.net

Christmas Gift Ideas:
Some people depend on their memories, while others make lists of people for whom gifts are to be bought. Everybody wants to give their loved ones the perfect gift, but there are some factors which need to be considered before you buy an ideal gift for a friend or for a co-worker, a family member, or any other relative.

There are so many Christmas gift options available today in the market that giving a wrong gift to someone seems highly unlikely. Obviously you may be having a slight idea of what your friend likes, so a good way to start thinking about their perfect gift would be to consider their interests. If this seems like a lot of work for you, then you could resort to a gift certificate. For example, you know that your friend likes perfumes, but you cannot decide which one to buy, so you gift her a gift certificate of a perfume shop, she could buy a perfume of her choice through that certificate, herself!

Christmas Gift Certificate. Photo Credit: www.dreamstime.com
Christmas Gift Certificate. Photo Credit: www.dreamstime.com

Thanks to the internet, you can get Christmas gift ideas from a little web surfing as well. You will come across many online gift guides which would tell you of the various things you could buy for your female friends and your male friends. And if you are willing, you may even buy something from numerous online stores that are available on the internet. Most major brands have their online stores so that they could cater to a worldwide clientele, and if you still find yourself in a fix, you will always have sites like Amazon and eBay etc

Christmas Hampers:
If you are still unsure on what to buy for your dear and near ones, then buying a Christmas Hamper for them is probably your best option! Christmas Hamper is just a gift basked which contains many small items that are placed together and given as one big gift. There are so many Christmas Hamper options to choose from that it is almost unbelievable. Of course, what type of hamper you would be buying depends on your financial budget and the value of friendship you have with that person, to whom you will be gifting the Christmas hamper to. You will find these hampers easily available in many local markets or gift shops which are around your area. And then again, you always have the option of purchasing from online stores.

Christmas Hamper. Photo Credit: www.philippinesflowers.com
Christmas Hamper. Photo Credit: www.philippinesflowers.com

For Christmas, many markets and gift shops prepare Christmas themed hampers, which include goodies which are either associated with Christmas like stripped candies, vine bottles, hot chocolate mixtures, snow globes, etc and to top it at all, they are decorated with Christmas themed decorations, for example, a wrapping paper which has Christmas trees or snowmen on it, placing a tiny mistletoe in place of bow. The whole point is to make the hamper look as if it is centered around the festive season of Christmas.

Following are some ideas which you can consider while buying Christmas hampers, this year, for your friends and family.
A Christmas hamper may include many items, but there is at least going to be one or two items related to food that you will find in most Christmas gift hampers, like wine, chocolates, sweets etc. However, many non-food items are also placed in a Christmas hamper to fill it up, like a pair of beautiful earrings, a hand knitted scarf, a lipstick, a keychain etc Some hampers even include kitchen utensils and other things which can be useful around a house.

Non-food items in a Christmas Hamper. Photo Credit: www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk
Non-food items in a Christmas Hamper. Photo Credit: www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk

The best way to choose an appropriate gift basket for your recipient is to remember the kind of things they are most likely to enjoy. For this purpose, you should consider their favorites, their personalities, whether they are the outgoing types, you can include things like a baseball ball, or baseball gloves etc, if they are the indoor types, you can include a book which they are likely to enjoy, or a nice smelling soap etc. Since you are most likely to give these Christmas hampers to a friend or a relative, you may be quite aware of their interests and their preferences. There are fewer things more disappointing than giving someone a gift and that someone not liking the gift!
Once you are done deciding what kind of items your Christmas gift hamper should contain, the next order of business is to decorate them. You cannot just place things in a basket and give it to someone, like that. It needs to be decorated accordingly, as well. Decoration is one of the key aspects to a great hamper. Usually, a colorful wrapping paper, bows, ribbons etc things are used for decorating the hamper. For more tips and ideas on how to decorate your Christmas hamper, click HERE.

A beautifully wrapped Christmas hamper. Photo Credit:   keithtullochwineblog.com
A beautifully wrapped Christmas hamper. Photo Credit:
keithtullochwineblog.com

Types of Christmas Hampers:
Based on the items present inside each Christmas hampers, we can easily classify them into various ‘types’. The first and the most common hamper is the Food Hamper, which qualifies as a classic Christmas gift. It contains various grocery items like canned goods, like for example, a can of pineapple slices, a can of coffee, meaty products like a packet of sausages, a packet of meat balls, chips with dips and other snacks of such sort. Since, food overall in an important part of Christmas, food hampers make ideal Christmas gifts.

Christmas Food Hamper. Photo Credit: www.thehamperandgiftplace.co.uk
Christmas Food Hamper. Photo Credit: www.thehamperandgiftplace.co.uk

If you want to give an elegant gift to a friend or a family member, then buying them a gourmet gift hamper will be perfect. This type of gift hamper includes gourmet items like gourmet biscuits, gourmet coffee, wines etc. This is a great gift option to give to your boss, or your manager. They make excellent impressions.

Gourmet Gift Hamper. Photo Credit: www.chrismasgiftslibrary.com
Gourmet Gift Hamper. Photo Credit: www.chrismasgiftslibrary.com

Fruits and vegetable hampers are also popular Christmas gifts. As the name suggests, these hampers include a variety of fruits and vegetables and are perfect gifts for those friends and family members who are fond of eating fruits and vegetables. If your best friend is a vegetarian, then a beautifully wrapped fruit and vegetable hamper will be an ideal gift for her. However, a lot of people avoid certain fruits and vegetables due to allergies or personal preferences. So, knowing what fruits and vegetables your friend likes, will help a lot in making your gift a success.

There are a lot of people who just love freshly baked goods. Around Christmas time, many bakeries display baked goods hampers which contain a variety of baked goods like bread, muffins, brownies, croissants etc What is even better that if you like baking, you can whip up your very own baking hamper. If you are looking for some excellent and easy recipes to bake cookies, you may find this article over HERE very useful.

Baked Goods Hamper. Photo Credit: www.cityfruits.com
Baked Goods Hamper. Photo Credit: www.cityfruits.com

After food hampers, the second most famous or most bought gift hamper are Chocolate hampers which make a great gift for your chocolate loving friends and family members. Chocolate hampers are also given to that special someone or your partner. Chocolate too, comes in a lot of types, you can select whichever you think will be most liked by the recipient of that chocolate gift hamper. Or if you are up for it, you can even make some of your very own chocolate and arrange into a basket, wrap it beautifully and present it to your loved one.

Chocolate Gift Hamper. Photo Credit: blog.couponalbum.com
Chocolate Gift Hamper. Photo Credit: blog.couponalbum.com

Traditional Christmas Hampers are yet another type of Christmas gift hampers which include items like biscuits, cakes, candies, wines—basically anything which suits the festive occasion of Christmas. To give these hampers a more traditional look, the items are placed in a wicker basket and are covered with a plastic paper.

Christmas Idea Gifts for Women:

If you are thinking of buying your mother, your sister, or any friend who belongs to the female variety, then there are a series of non-food hampers you can select from! Non-food hampers are those which do not have any food related items, but rather various other item. If you are buying a non-food hamper for a female, then go for one which has many beauty products like lotions, perfumes, shampoos, body sprays, face masks, etc
Other gift options for her include chocolate hampers as girls and women love chocolates! You can place a cute stuffed toy in the hamper as well, or flowers as an additional touch.

Perfect Christmas Gift Hamper for Women. Photo Credit: uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com
Perfect Christmas Gift Hamper for Women. Photo Credit: uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com

Christmas Gift Ideas for Men:

Guys can be pretty tricky to give gifts to, so a non-food hamper would suit them as well, instead of beauty products, you can fill the hamper with things which men like, like key chains, pens, cigars, wine, a wallet, notebook, a tie, watch, etc. Most men like sports, so you can even place sport related items in your hamper as well, for example an autograph from his favorite basketball player, a jersey of his favorite player, a cap, basketball etc.

Things to Include in a Christmas Gift Hamper for Men. Photo Credit: www.giftwrappedup.com.au
Things to Include in a Christmas Gift Hamper for Men. Photo Credit: www.giftwrappedup.com.au

Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts:

Homemade gifts look even better because they tell on their own how much effort and though you have put into them. When it comes to homemade gifts, you can go from very simple, to very elaborate, of course all of this depends on your budget as well as your talent and skills.

Easy Homemade Christmas Gift. Photo Credit: indulgy.com
Easy Homemade Christmas Gift. Photo Credit: indulgy.com

Not everybody can draw, but if you can, you can make a sketch for someone, or write a poem and dedicate it to your friend. Better yet, you can place the sketch and that short, sweet poem in a basket and consider making your own very sentimental Christmas gift hamper! Other things you can put in such a hamper may include chocolates, a small bottle of perfume, scented candles etc

Baking is a great talent and if you possess it them make full use of it during Christmas season. Do not just bake cakes and brownies for your own family, give them as gifts by placing them in hampers. There are so many fancy baking accessories and equipments available in the market, which allow you to make more elaborate designs and patterns on cakes and cupcakes. Use the internet to find some more inspiration, as well as, recipes for Christmas themed desserts and cakes and impress your dear and near ones.

Homemade Cookies. Photo Credit: www.infarrantlycreative.net
Homemade Cookies.
Photo Credit: www.infarrantlycreative.net

Websites like Pinterest are full of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects which are really simple to follow, just type in homemade Christmas gifts and you are more than likely to find several easy DIY tutorials which you can copy.

Preparing your own Christmas hamper has its perks as it lets you choose what items to place in it and which not to. You can personalize it and customize it in whatever way you want or like. Keep your budget in mind, as it is more than likely that you will not be giving just one Christmas gift, but rather several. So, make up your own Christmas gift hampers and spread smiles on your families and friends’ faces!

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Photo Credit: www.elanaspantry.com

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