Looking to make this Christmas extra special? In this article Chidi from Plastic Free brand Auklett and Hayley Baddiley from the ceramics and homeware brand Denby shares top tips for gifting your loved ones meaningful presents this festive season.
After social distancing restrictions put a dampener on most of our Christmases last year, this festive period many of us are looking for ways to make up for what we missed. But how exactly can we make this Christmas one to remember? Well, there are many aspects to consider, from the Christmas Day spread to seasonal parties and events.
One of the best ways to bring joy to your loved ones this year is by giving them presents they won't forget. For a memorable Christmas gift, put plenty of thought into this year's present shopping to surprise them with something truly meaningful. If you're looking for some inspiration, here are four ways to find a special gift that your loved one will truly cherish.
Give something personal
There's no better meaningful gift than one that has had a lot of thought put into it. So when choosing presents for your loved ones, make sure to take time and think about how you can make it as personal as possible. Not only are they likely to truly enjoy a gift that's personal to them, but it will show them just how well you know them.
Take some time to think about what they enjoy most, and find something that fits the bill. The personal gift doesn't have to be extravagant either. In fact, sometimes it's the simplest of presents that end up meaning the most.
For example, if they love to end the night with a cup of tea in bed, a beautiful new mug and a box of their favourite chocolates to enjoy alongside it would make a great present. Or if you know a wine connoisseur, gift them a pair of elegant wine glasses and their favourite bottle for you to enjoy together one evening.
Think about activities you can do together
If you're looking for a present to strengthen your bond with a loved one, give them something that you can enjoy together. A one-off experience, such as an afternoon tea voucher or a spa getaway, will let the two of you have a fun day out whilst being able to enjoy each other’s company too.
If you're looking for an activity you can do together repeatedly, there are plenty of options for you too. You could invest in a good board game to enjoy over the festive period and beyond. Or, if you want to learn more dishes together, why not surprise them with new bakeware or cookware, such as this sustainable cooking utensils set from Auklett?
Show them that you care
To show your friends and family how much you care, give them something to help them take care of themselves. More and more of us have been practicing self care over the past few years, especially since the start of the pandemic. In fact, one study found that 30% of Brits have been prioritising self care more since the pandemic began (Professional Beauty).
One of the best ways to give the gift of self-care is by creating your own wellness box for them. There are so many great things you can add to help them take care of both their physical and mental health. Here are just a few of the products you can include in your wellness box:
- Something to pamper themselves with, such as a face mask, lip balm, or a fragrant soap.
- A stylish new mug with a packet of calming tea bags, such as chamomile or matcha tea.
- A scented candle.
- A guided meditation book.
And you can even add a personal touch to the box too, by including a packet of their favourite biscuits or a teapot and matching cup in their favourite colour.
Take care in your presentation
Meaningful gift giving isn’t just about the item itself, but the presentation too. Make your presents stand out by taking the time to decorate them beautifully. There are a number of ways you can do this, and you even have the opportunity to get creative! For example, if you enjoy drawing or painting, you can get some plain wrapping paper and decorate it by hand.
If you want a more sustainable option, you could also use fabric gift wrap instead. Not only is it a great eco-friendly option, but the recipient can keep the fabric and re-use it the following Christmas. Another environmentally conscious way to present your gifts is by collecting twigs, berries, and pinecones to decorate them with. This will save you from needing to buy single-use plastic bows and ribbons, and it looks lovely and festive too.
After a challenging period for us all, this Christmas is the perfect time to go all out and make this festive season extra special. If you use the tips above, you should be able to find meaningful and memorable presents for the whole family. And if you're looking to give your loved ones (or yourself) sustainable gifts this Christmas, make sure to check out the products on offer at Auklett!