Tips for Gift Giving at Christmas

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The holidays are here! This time of year is awesome. People seem to be happier and kinder than usual. My favorite parts about Christmas are spending time with my family and giving gifts. For me, the gift giving is what I love most. I’m not big on receiving gifts. I mean, it’s nice to receive presents but generally, I already have the things I want and need. What I like to do is find the perfect gift for someone. This may not be easy for everybody, so here are some tips on how to shop for your loved ones.

Try to Find Out What They Need

Ask your friends and family what they need most. While you might think this ruins the surprise, a lot of people prefer to receive things they are actually in need of. For example, my brother works in the heating and air conditioning field. So, I try to get him tools or things he needs for work.

Give Them Something Fun

While it’s good to give things that people need, a fun gift is also a great idea. Perhaps you can mix it up. Get them what they need this year and find something fun to gift them for next Christmas. This year, I bought my brother a smelting forge. Although I’m not sure what he can cast from it, it seems pretty cool. Gifts that relate to their hobbies and interests are always a good choice.

Buying Gifts for Kids

Some people may think it’s difficult to buy for your kids, nieces and nephews, especially if they’re older. Remember: you can never go wrong with a gift card to their favorite store at the mall. Shopping for younger children may be easier. For my niece, Andi, it’s all about the toys. I focus on whatever Disney or Marvel movie she is currently into. This year, she loves Frozen, of course.

The best part about shopping for my family and friends is Christmas morning. Then, it all comes together and it’s one of the best days of the whole year. I can’t wait! I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.

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