Oh, Christmas is definitely around the corner.
Have you purchased any gifts for any of your friends, family, relatives and associates as yet?
Some of you who are reading this would have answered, “Yes!”
And, some of you would have said, “No!”
There are people who are in the habit of looking for Christmas gifts for their loved ones at the twenty-fifth hour.
However, if you are one of those people who enjoy doing things in advance, you would have a plan in place for purchasing Christmas gifts.
Hey, speaking of plans, I am going to share with you my foolproof method of purchasing Christmas gifts (Okay, even though I am no fan of Christmas, I believe in giving at least a gift or two).
1.) Have A Full Understanding Of A Person’s Personality
When it comes to buying the right type of gift for a person, you will need to apply a bit of psychology; for example, you will need to know the following things:
- The type of music that they like.
- The type of clothing that they love.
- The type of books that they like to read.
- The type of artwork that they are into.
- The person’s age.
What does all of that have to do with finding the right Christmas gift?
Oh, a lot!
If the person is into jazz music, you can give them an Al Jarreau CD as a Christmas present.
If the person that you are shopping for loves contemporary clothing, you can purchase an item of clothing that was designed by their favourite fashion designer.
If a person is into spiritually uplifting books, you can purchase a book by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer.
If a person loves art, some paintbrushes and some paint will make a fine Christmas gift.
If you are shopping for a Christmas gift for a child, you would want to make sure that the toy is most appropriate for their age group (This is where the importance of knowing someone’s age comes in handy).
Knowing one’s personality type will give you an idea as to the type of gift that they would appreciate (The last thing that you want is them throwing your Christmas gift in a junk closet with the hopes of it vanishing into a vortex or being gobbled up by some imaginary monster).
2.) Visit A Person’s Home
Now, I do not expect you to visit your relative’s (or whomever’s) home uninvited.
Because some people do not like to entertain guests when:
- Their furniture is not dusted.
- They did not pass a vacuum cleaner on their carpet.
- They have not prepared a meal in advance.
- There is a shortage of beverages in the house.
The best thing to do is to call them on the phone and mention to them that you would like to drop by at a particular day and time.
Why go through all of the trouble of making an appointment to meet them over the phone?
The answer is a simple one: they might have something else planned for that day; such as a doctor’s appointment (Which means you would not be able to socialize with them on that day).
Also, calling them in advance would ensure that the house is well-cleaned and that they have ample time to prepare you a meal and have those beverages chilled for your arrival.
Now, if they are free, there is a high probability of them saying to you, “Sure, come right over. I would love to see you!”
When you have finally made your way to the person’s home, I want you to pay close attention to the surroundings.
Because paying close attention to the surroundings has the potential of letting you know what it is that they need; for example, you might discover:
- That the person is in desperate need of some new silverware.
- That the person needs some new teacups and teapots.
- That the person can definitely do with a brand new water filter.
Being attentive will work in your favour; it would help you to come up with the perfect Christmas gift for that person.
Also, listen attentively to them when they speak to you (Some of the things that they say to you could be hints of things that they truly need).
3.) Monitor The Person’s Social Media Accounts
If you happen to follow that person on Twitter or Facebook, you can pay close attention to the things that they post there; for example, they posting, “Damn. My old laptop can barely keep up with playing YouTube videos,” is a dead giveaway of them needing to get a new laptop computer.
People have a way of giving out a lot of information about themselves via their social media accounts (And if you paid close attention to the things that they posted there, you will have an idea as to what will make ideal Christmas gifts for them).
If law enforcement officials can monitor the social media accounts of people to find out exactly what it is that they are up to, you can do the same (But in your case, you are doing it with the intentions of figuring out what type of item will make a superb Christmas gift for them).
4.) Shop Months In Advance
Shopping in advance will help to alleviate the stress that comes with shopping around Christmastime (The crowds at the stores can be extremely thick around that time).
Also, you will save a lot of valuable time if you purchased those Christmas gifts in advance.
Things like toys, stationery and electronics can be purchased in advance.
However, there are certain things that you should not buy months in advance; for example, clothing.
You might say to yourself, “Well, Daniel goes to the gym regularly. He will fit into these pants!”
Well, guess what? You could be wrong about that because the type of training that he underwent in the gym, could result in him gaining an additional nine pounds of muscle (Therefore, the pants that you purchased as a Christmas gift months ago for Daniel, will no longer fit him).
And, do keep in mind that people’s weight has a way of fluctuating throughout the year.
The last thing that you will want to do is buy clothing for someone that turned out to be a poor fit).
5.) Talk To The Person’s Spouse
Most spouses tend to know their significant other rather well.
If you are not sure of what type of gift a person likes, ask their spouse (There is a high likelihood of them telling you what is that the person would appreciate as a Christmas gift).
And, as a kind courtesy, buy the spouse a Christmas gift as a sign of your appreciation.
Also, you can rest assured knowing exactly what it is that the person would like to have as a Christmas present.
When it comes to buying someone a Christmas gift, you will have no choice but to do a bit of psychological profiling (Something eerily similar to what intelligence officers do).
So, my friend, to recap, you will need to:
- Know a person’s personality from the inside out.
- Make the time to visit a person’s home.
- Keep a close eye on the things that a person posts on their social media accounts.
- Do a bit of shopping in advance.
- Have a polite conversation with a person’s spouse.
Buying Christmas presents for people can be easy (Especially if it is carried out in a smart way).