By Victoria Guerrero
You’ve got your list and checked it twice. Parents- check. Siblings- check.
Aunts and uncles- double check. Crazy Cousin Benny- check. It’s time to face the facts: You’ve got something for everyone except your significant other. Now with only a few shopping days left until the holidays, you’re in the middle of the north pole without a parka.
We’ve all procrastinated on this issue before and put it off in our quest for “the perfect gift.” By this point, Mary and Joseph had an easier time finding a manger than you’ve had finding one simple present. But it’s not just any present. This is one of those presents that will be remembered for decades to come, good or bad. It has to be perfect.
Why is this more difficult than getting Santa to go on a diet? There are a lot of things to consider when buying a gift for that special someone. The first issue to think about is how long you two turtledoves have been exclusive. A general rule is if you’ve been dating for less than a month (or if he/she is all you want for Christmas) stick with something inexpensive. The longer you’ve been dating the more you can spend. But remember, just because a gift is inexpensive doesn’t mean it’s worth less than week-old fruitcake. The trick is to find something you can both genuinely enjoy together.
If you go out to see movies frequently maybe you can buy a gift card for two to the theaters so you can catch the latest holiday blockbusters. If you’re more a ‘stay in’ couple perhaps a thermos full of hot chocolate can say it all. Got a music lover on your list? Try buying a pair of earbuds that will actually last through the 12 days of Christmas. Don’t forget to listen for those subtle hints your reindeer may be pawing at. Be sure to check in the paper, mail and online for gift ideas and deals that could make your wallet merry. Failing that, look into gift cards at your snowman’s favorite store so they can get themselves the perfect gift and you get the credit. If money is really tight because the economy is a Scrooge, harness your inner elf and get crafting. If picture frames or coupons aren’t your style there’s always the internet to inspire you.
Finding that “perfect gift” isn’t all sugarplums and mistletoe. A helpful holiday hint to avoid disaster is to never assume anything about gifts. Just because you like eggnog doesn’t mean it’s a favorite of your special someone. Most of all, remember that you’ll be put on Santa’s naughty list for life if you decided regift a present or give your partner something that could be taken the wrong way like an exercise book or deodorant. After a gift like that you’ll be singing ‘Last Christmas’ for a year.
Let’s face it, the “perfect gift” may not be able to be wrapped and put under a Christmas tree. The holidays are about spending time with the ones you love so don’t fret about the gifts. As with any gift, it’s the thought that counts. After all, that’s what the season is all about.