The Christmas holiday often has people running around town endlessly in search of the perfect Christmas present. Finding the right present can be difficult if you don't know much about the person you are buying it for. Clues that you should look for prior to buying a present are a person's interests. Find out what hobbies they enjoy, such as gardening or collecting trains. For people with these interests you could purchase a gift certificate to a seed catalog or purchase some small gardening tools. A train collector would enjoy receiving books on trains or perhaps a ticket to ride a historical destination train. Other clues that could help you decide on the perfect Christmas present include finding out if a person has a pet or at the very least, a favorite color. There are plenty of pet theme gifts available in stores and on the Internet from blankets to clocks.
Another way to find out what a person really wants for Christmas is to ask their friends and relatives what they would like. Often people will drop hints as to what they would really like to see under the Christmas tree. Friends are a great resource when you are trying to find out what a person's dream Christmas present is. They can usually provide you with very specific information from a person's clothing and jewelry to their perfume preferences. Family members can provide similar information as they often prepare Christmas wish lists for each other.
The cost of xmas presents can be a concern, especially if it is for a business associate. Border on the conservative side as opposed to spending too much. Many businesses provide a price guideline for the exchange of gifts in the office which will help you narrow down your gift choices. Personal gifts can be a little more extravagant, depending on how well or long you have known an individual. It is usually acceptable to purchase inexpensive gifts for acquaintances and then spend more accordingly to the type of relationship you have with someone. For example, spouses typically spend more on each other than they do on their in-laws.
The type of Christmas present you give should also be appropriate for the individual. For example, you could give your boss a day planner but giving them a personal gift such as perfume or jewelry may be seen as inappropriate. Of course giving jewelry or perfume to a loved one is considered very appropriate; just be sure the perfume is something that they already wear or have mentioned that they like the scent. If you are unsure what fragrance a person enjoys, purchase a gift certificate so that the recipient can get exactly what they want.
The best Christmas present is usually one that has been well thought out. No one likes to feel that they are unimportant or that you didn't take the time to get to know them, even on a casual basis. Put some thought and consideration into the purchasing of a gift so that the recipient will like your gift and not have to return it the day after Christmas. Xmas presents should be given from the heart. Do a little research and your gift recipient will love the perfect Christmas present that you put so much time and effort into finding for them.