Christmas is an enchanting magical time of the year, where friends and families get together around a roaring fire in order to laugh, relax and reminisce about good times gone by. At least this is what Christmas is meant to be about, but the wonderful ideal of a Christmas spent calmly sipping eggnog whilst the turkey slowly roasts and the presents wrap themselves often sadly gets left behind in the shadow of busy queues, shopping lists and burnt roast potatoes. The unfortunate reality is that the image that Christmas card companies would like to peddle as the truth about Christmas is more often than not something of a pipe dream and more often than not Christmas brings with it, along with many smiles and happy memories, its fair share of stress.
Much of the problem in trying to attain that perfect Christmas card moment is the fact that, in order to make everything work together, you are often left juggling a mountain of tasks that simply cannot all be done to the best of your ability. In situations such as this, it can be easy to simply ‘phone it in’, to give up the effort in one or more areas and let fate sort it out. And who could blame you?
Despite what you may have been trained to think by years of family sitcoms and nineteen fifties style adverts, you really shouldn’t feel bad about not having the most colour co-ordinated tree or the most trimmings on your turkey dinner – it simply is not possible. However, whilst you can never account for the dozens of little things that might go wrong when it comes to the opening night, there always remains one aspect of Christmas over which you can have complete and unending control; the presents. There is no such thing as the perfect Christmas, it can only be what you make of it, but with the help of thoughtful, personal Christmas presents, you can guarantee that you and everybody you care about will have the great Christmas you were aiming for.
You will be happy to hear that it is surprisingly simple to choose Christmas presents that will guarantee a good time. There is no need to bend over backwards trying to uncover just what exactly that that your great aunt always wears is, or whether that boy your daughter likes is a singer or an actor. The trick to finding a Christmas present that will make for a great time is to think of the end result – what can you get that will make everybody happy? And that includes you.
A popular favourite Christmas present is the traditional bottle of booze and with good reason too. Almost everybody likes to indulge in a little drink on Christmas Day and almost everybody is all the more happy by the end of the evening for having done so! A bottle of personalised tipple, tailored to suit the tastes of the loved one you are buying for, is a wonderful way to help them unwind, get merry and experience what a truly perfect Christmas is meant to feel like. Who knows, it might even mask the taste of the brussels sprouts which accidentally boiled over.
Whilst alcohol is an excellent gift idea for the older generations, for Christmas presents that will keep the whole family entertained, nothing tops a board game. A fast-paced competitive game is a great way to bring the whole family together at the end of the day and might even result in a Christmas card worthy image of your whole family laughing and having fun together, surrounded by gifts and decorations (assuming you can edit out the monopoly piece stuck up your nephew’s nose).
It can be easy to fall into the trap of trying to generate this picture perfect moment of what a traditional Christmas Day is meant to be like, when in fact your loved ones are anything but traditional. If you want to break the mould and branch out in your quest for a great Christmas Day, a gift experience is an excellent way to make sure everybody has a good time. Whether it’s a high octane day of white water rafting, a memorable trip to watch dolphins for the first time or a quiet and simple family trip to the cinema, sometimes just getting out of the house and away from the mounting dishes and wrapping paper is all it takes to put a smile on everybody’s face at Christmas time – including yours.