It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas and you know what that means: hours of wracking your brain for gift ideas followed by a last minute dash to get your loved one the perfect present.

Well not this year; this year we are going to help you find the perfect present without all the drama.

Did your mother ever tell you that it’s the thought that counts? She wasn’t wrong – but you can’t very well give out those kind thoughts on Christmas morning.

To avoid disappointment you need a strategy! What do your loved ones like? What are their ages? How much are you looking to spend? These questions are best answered before you hit the shops.

Children are easy to buy for. Young kids love Disney and anything even remotely related to Pixar films such as Brave, Cars or Toy Story. Slightly older kids love Lego, bikes, sports gear, action figures and Barbie.

Teenagers are more likely to be interested in fashion and accessories. A safe bet, particularly with boys, are video games and music. Of course, gift vouchers and cash are always popular too.

Buying gifts for your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband is considerably more difficult and vouchers and cash are probably not going to cut it here. Think of it as an opportunity – not a test – to demonstrate to your partner how well you know them and how much you care.

Jewellery is usually appreciated by that special someone. But even here it’s best to think carefully before you grab the first pair of earrings you see. What is their favourite colour? Do they prefer gold or silver? What is their birthstone? A nice perfume? Could be a cop-out unless you know what they really like.

With men their idea of the perfect gift is likely to be related to their hobbies. What do they like to do outside of work? Sport is always an area of interest that is well catered for – from the latest gear to tickets to upcoming events. Their favourite music is always well received too.

Finally, if you’re still in doubt, it might even be a good idea to ask your friend, partner or family member about the types of gifts they want this Christmas.

More Christmas gift ideas at Yellow.

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