As the year draws to a close, the season for gift-giving is upon us once more. Love it or hate it, there’s no way around it — you need to pick out presents for family, friends and colleagues. What’s more, you’ll be shopping for at least a handful of gifts at a time and that’s no easy task!
Gift-giving is tricky at the best of times, because gifting is so much more than just the physical exchange of objects. Truth be told, gifts are a form of non-verbal communication and they say a lot about your feelings for the recipient. Worked up enough already? Let us take the edge off, with a list of gifting ideas that will ensure your presents are applauded as the best gifts anyone has received this festive season…
GIFTS FOR THE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS
Pick your presents keeping the lifestyle of the recipient in mind. For a fitness enthusiast, a Fitbit wristband may be just what the doctor ordered! Opt for the hot new ‘Fitbit Charge 2’ — available online at amazon.in. If the 5-figure price tag is a deterrent, the ‘Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity Tracker and Sleep Wristband’ is available at a third of the cost. You could also consider gifting a fuss-free blender like the NutriBullet (great for smoothies and protein shakes), kettlebell weights or a cool pair of hifi headphones.
GIFTS FOR THE FAMILY
Your nearest and dearest may not need a new phone, but they’ll love this upgrade nonetheless! Splurge on Apple’s latest iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, with its formidable hardware, brilliant cameras, stereo speakers and fully waterproof body. Not quite as budget-friendly as you’d hoped? An iPad Mini has ‘wow’ factor too and costs significantly less. Else, you could opt for an airfryer (try Philips) or a portable dehumidifier (White-Westinghouse is our brand pick) — they’re both gifts with benefits for the entire family.
GIFTS FOR VORACIOUS READERS
Look no further than the Kindle Paperwhite if you are shopping for an avid reader. With a high-resolution display that reads very much like real paper and a built-in adjustable light, this gizmo guarantees reading pleasure by day or night! Better still, the new Paperwhite has a battery that can last for weeks on a single charge.
GIFTS FOR THE FOODIE
For family, friends or colleagues who love to potter about in the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with cookware from Le Creuset or a gadget from KitchenAid. Both international brands now have an official presence in India and though they don’t come cheap, any true foodie will certainly appreciate your generosity. However, if you’d rather avoid gifting utensils or appliances, there are a multitude of other exciting gifts on offer for the foodie. From cookbooks and cutlery to kitchen linen, pick something that you know they don’t have or are looking to replace. Our only word of caution: avoid giving perishables as presents. Most folks would rather not receive more mithai or chocolate at this time of the year.
GIFTS FOR THE BIBULOUS BUDDY
You don’t have to have a friend who is a wine connoisseur or a whiskey aficionado, to gift a bottle of fine spirit. In fact, you can safely consider either bubbly or scotch as a gift for a wide variety of recipients. We’d recommend a bottle of The Singleton, or the always-in-fashion Johnnie Walker (go Black, Green or Blue) as a gift for anyone who appreciates a good tipple. Add a set of tumblers (a.k.a. the old fashioned glass) and relax, knowing your gift is guaranteed to please!
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