Here are some of our favorite tips for giving gifts without succumbing to stress.
- Get their wish list.
Ask people for hints or even a wish list. Gather ideas during the year, and write everything down.
- Trust your judgment.
Forget about being afraid the gift isn’t “perfect.” If you think the person will like it, chances are they will.
- Stick to your budget.
Spending more than you should takes the fun out of gift giving. There’s nothing more stressful than overspending—and feeling uneasy about it.
- Buy it when you see it.
If you’re shopping in July and see a sweater that your mother would love, buy it. It probably won’t be there when you look in December.
- Start a gift closet.
Stash a few gifts that will work in a pinch: copies of your favorite cookbook, a good bottle of wine, or boxes of beautiful note cards. That way you’ll be ready if need a gift on the spot.