Sunday, November 05, 2006

Unique Christmas Gifts

Over the years I've built up a reputation among my friends and relatives as being someone that always comes through with unique Christmas gifts. I'm not the kind of person that settles for giving neckties, socks, perfume, or boxes of chocolate as presents. When I'm shopping for people I care about, I don't mind taking extra time to find something truly special. Because of my reputation, others often come to me for advice about how and where to buy unique Christmas gifts. These are the two guidelines that I share with them.
First, in order to buy a unique Christmas gift that will be appreciated by the recipient, you have to be willing to use your intuition and take some chances. Sure, you can simply ask the person what they would like or you can buy something for their home or office that you know they'll be able to use. But in all likelihood, you're not going to come up with a unique Christmas gift by being so conservative. If there's ever a time to think outside the box, it's when you're trying to find a really unique Christmas gift for the important people on your list. So go ahead and buy things they've never used before or wouldn't dream of getting for themselves. Purchase an experience instead of a tangible product. There are many different things you can do in order to find unique Christmas gifts.
Second, it would be wise to stay out of typical suburban shopping malls. Let's face it, there's very little chance of being able to find a unique Christmas gift at the mall. Most of the stores in the mall basically sell carbon copies of the same goods in slightly different packaging. Instead of going to the mall, I search for unique Christmas gifts online. When you shop on the Internet, you have access to wide range of products from retailers located all around the world. You'll have more options than you could ever get from a single store and you'll be able to buy truly authentic presents as well. For example, if you wanted to give someone a Japanese kimono, wouldn't you rather order it online directly from Japan than settle for a knockoff at the mall?
As you can see, it's actually not that difficult to find unique Christmas gifts for everyone on your list this year. All it takes is a bit of creativity and a willingness to go that extra mile. So forget about the malls this holiday season and buy some truly unique Christmas gifts online instead.