Thursday, 29 November 2018

Gift ideas for the people who are Impossible to buy for

When it comes to buying gifts I regard myself as a bit of an expert. I love everything from the planning, the buying, the wrapping and then, of course, the actual giving. There really is no better feeling than giving a loved one a present that they are genuinely delighted with.

Of course, I can appreciate there are just some people that are impossible to buy for. I have a select few treasured ones in my circle (my mum) who are exactly this way and it is a struggle every year to come up with the goods. That is why I have put together this little gift guide for the person in your life who seems to have it all.

The Experiential Gift

Sometimes a gift is just a gift but an experience is so much more. Treating someone to a lovely dinner or an overnight trip is such a special way to indulge somebody around the holidays.

With the fantastic V&A Dundee recently opening a weekend trip to Dundee would be the ultimate way to relax and soak up the local culture. I recently spent the day in Dundee and had the best Sunday Roast at Daisy Tasker in The Indigo Hotel. Check out my full review here. There are also lots of cool shops and bars to keep you occupied throughout the day and night.

Another great way to say I love you is with the gift of a good meal. Now, you could treat a loved one to a slap-up meal at one of Edinburgh's many incredible and delectable restaurants. I also think a gift card for your loved one's favourite restaurant is such a great way to help them get a little bit of me time. This is especially great for a busy parent or a skint student who is in need of a little TLC. Tesco is offering 20% off gift cards for popular restaurant brands Mitchells & Butlers, Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia and Taste Card. So it is the perfect time to grab a gift card and treat that special person in your life. All gift cards can be found here.

The Gag Gift

If all else fails a good old gag gift never fails to please. My favourites this year have to be the TEXT A POTATO where you can write any message on a potato and have it sent out to a loved one. On paper, this sounds ridiculous but last year during Secret Santa this went down a treat and had the whole table in stitches.

I also love to get friends and family customised items from mugs to pyjamas to jars of Nutella. This always goes down a treat especially if the gift is cosy or edible. I love that John Lewis is doing customisable tins where you can choose which flavour of chocolates go in and have your family name put on the lid of the tin.

The Sentimental Gift

This is the type of gift I reserve for grandparents, godparents and aunts and uncles. My lovely great aunt every year demands we buy her socks or underwear which my siblings and I always refuse to do. Instead, we like to take her out to afternoon tea and give her a little gift she can cherish. I love websites like Not On The High Street - you can get everything from a poster of the stars in the sky the night you were born to customised knitting tags and birthstones.

Now, this suggestion is not rocket science but I think pulling out the photo albums and taking a deep dive through the Facebook archives can be very valuable. A lovely framed photo or trip down memory lane via a scrapbook can be the perfect gift for a parent or grandparent.

L x


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