Gathering Christmas gift ideas

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The best way to avoid the annual panic attacks and shopping rush at Christmas is to better prepare yourself.

This year, be smart and start off by composing a list of all the people you want to surprise with a gift. Write beside their name what you know about them, such as their age, hobbies, preferred styles, likes and dislikes. Once you have accomplished that, check the flyers and magazines delivered to your home or browse specialized sites online. They will showcase exactly what is in style this Season and which Christmas gifts will be in demand. Before you know it, the ideas will be flooding in.

Gifts for her

Women like romance! Spoil her this Christmas with an Audrey Hepburn hatbox DVD collection Several of the superstar’s best movies are packaged in a unique box, which can be used to store hats, greeting cards, craft supplies, belt and other small precious gems. The lady of your heart may also enjoy less sentimental gifts, such as a heating blanket, a steam pocket mop to clean and sanitize sealed hard floor surfaces, jeweled heritage frames, sparkling brilliant-cut diamond earrings, or cozy lounging sleepwear to show her that she too has the right to relax.

Gifts for him

The guy always glued to his laptop may benefit from a trendy, ergonomic lap desk. This way he can sit next to you on the couch and keep you company while you watch your soap opera. If you want to surprise your photographer, make his heart rate jump by putting a Nikon D5000 under the tree. This innovative digital camera is known for its D-SLR movie function, multi-CAM 1000 autofocus, vari-angle monitor and 55-200 mm VR zoom lens. If your knight in shining armor is handy, shock him with an extravagant steel tool chest or a complete garage storage system.

Gifts for the baby

They may enjoy sitting on Santa’s lap and all the extra attention they are receiving, but most babies do not understand the meaning of Christmas. All they want to do is rip open packages and stick everything they find into their tiny mouth. Unless you want to impress the parents of someone else’s baby, keep the presents simple. Toys, clothing and baby toiletries are always welcome.

Gifts for the teenager

Going through the “I’m a grown-up” stage, girls might appreciate an elegant, metal jewelry tree for storing their earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Those who love to go on sleepovers will be happy with a make-up travel organizer. The set holds brushes, pencils and bottles.

The music loving son or younger brother will flip when he finds out St. Nick brought him a piano-style electronic keyboard which has a built-in lesson feature and audio inputs for an MP3 player, microphone and other accessories. If he is more interested in science and technology you can give him a frog pond habitat, a microscope, chemistry set, a robot kit or infrared video goggles.

Gifts for the elderly

The older people get, the more they have accumulated, and the harder they are to shop for. The “over-the-hill” generation likes comfort and might appreciate a leopard-spot, faux-fur throw with matching pillows, a massage chair with a deep tissue shiatsu mode, slide-out shelves for their kitchen cabinets, or a robotic floorvac, such as the Roomba.

Mature citizens are known to reminisce and often talk about their past. The simplest way to make those who enjoyed the good old days happy is by bringing them pictures, old movies & music, or collectables from that era. Even if they would no longer use cast iron skillets, hand cranked coffee grinders and straight razors; they surely like to keep them handy. You never know when they might need them!