There is a lot of things to love about Christmas.
The loving feelings you get from everyone you meet.
The beautiful decorations everywhere you go.
The massive amounts of chocolate that people are practically shoving down your throat.
I really love the chocolate.
Maybe a little too much.
But I digress.
My favourite thing about the Christmas season is giving gifts.
Yes that’s right.
Now you’re thinking “Man, she is just so righteous and full of herself.”
But I LOVE IT.
I just realized I say I LOVE IT a lot. That’s something I should work on.
But I digress.
I have always loved picking out gifts for people. And wrapping them. And finding out that I was spot on about what I got them.
When I lived in Calgary with my parents, I was the shopper.
Pretty much when I got my license to drive, my mom gave me a list of people to get Christmas gifts for, a price for each of them, and sent me on my merry way. (She also gave me grocery lists and sent me on my merry way.)
It was AWESOME!
It meant that I could make lists.
I LOVE LISTS.
Oh man I need to work on that.
I would write out every name and a list of possible things that they would like and where to go.
Then I would begin the hunt.
Sometimes I would end up getting the person the gift I thought of right away and sometimes I would find something even better for them.
It’s all about making it personal.
Knowing the person.
Or at least, what kind of person they are.
Take my brother for example.
Years ago, he was really into video games. (Now he’s super into working out and his arms are bigger than my head. Last time I got a hug from him, he not only lifted me off the ground, he may have popped my ribs back in place.)
If I knew what game he was lusting after, that would be an easy purchase. If not, I’d get him something small like a new pair of snowboarding gloves or a new remote controller, then I would get him a gift card to Best Buy or other gaming stores so he can pick our the game the wants. (Then of course, you wrap it up nicely.)
I think my favourite gift idea I have given so far was to my parents a few years ago.
My dad doesn’t really do gifts.
He likes getting coffee, or a new shirt or two but if you get him anything else, he usually returns it.
He doesn’t really NEED anything.
So he’s pretty hard to shop for.
And my mom is a boxing day baby. So that means I have to get her a Christmas present AND a birthday present.
So one year I decided to do something completely different.
There is a website where you can purchase land in Scotland so that it can remain a nature reserve. And what do you get in return?
The legal rights to call yourself a Lord or Lady.
For real, you can change your passport and everything.
The website is called Highland Titles and I decided that I would help preserve the land of Scotland, and make my parents a Lord and Lady of Glencoe.
I got them both a certificate, but chose to get my dad a card that he can carry in his wallet to show people. (I thought he’d have fun showing it off.)
When it came to Christmas day, I was beside myself to give these to my parents. (I didn’t care about the gifts that I got, I kept asking them to just SIT DOWN so I could give them their gifts.)
And they loved it!
Funniest thing was, my mom really took to it more than my dad.
She told the kids in her class (she teaches elementary music) that they had to call her “Lady Clifford” from then on and they actually do it!
I should have got her the card to put in her wallet. She’d be taking out that thing every hour.
My dad liked it too but he doesn’t bring it up as much as my mom. (He did look up his plot of land and hopes to visit it next time he’s in Scotland!)
Lady Clifford everyone.
(I also got her a birthday present as well. No need to worry folks.)
So if you’re looking for an unconventional gift and want to help preserve nature from being turned into a concrete jungle, have a look at Highland Titles.
So to get to the point of this post, I thought I could help thinking of gifts for some of you not-so-creative-in-the-gift-giving department.
I’ll be putting these out in segments, that way you can just click the category your person falls under to see some gift ideas.
I hope they help!
First up, Gifts for Techies and Gamers!
*Featured image is by Kristen Sabourin Photography