One of the most fun (and equally the most stressful) parts of Christmas is shopping for presents. However, people are often so busy figuring out what to buy for everyone else that they forget to think about what they actually want. Wishlists might seem presumptuous, old-fashioned, or even childish, but creating a wishlist is a great way to help people out if they’re struggling to find a gift for you. Even if people don’t get you the exact items on your list, it will give them an idea of the kind of things you’d like. This will help to avoid unpleasant surprises or the awkwardness of asking for a receipt.
How to Make a Christmas List
Most people turn to online shopping these days, so it makes sense to create your Christmas wishlist online too. This also makes it easier to circulate to your family and friends, or post on social media to give them a more passive hint. There are plenty of handy websites that you can use to make a wishlist. If you can find most of the things that you want on Amazon, you might find it easier to just make an Amazon wishlist. However, if your gift ideas range across multiple retailers, then a website that can compile all of the sources in one place is best. There are lots of free sites like Giftster, Gifthero, Things to Get Me, and Addwish. There are also sites for Secret Santa such as Elfster.
What to Ask For for Christmas 2019
Once you’ve chosen the platform to record your Christmas wishlist, you need to decide which gift ideas to add. It’s not cheeky to compile a list of things that you would actually want to receive, especially if you will use them a lot. It saves other people from wasting money and yourself from wasting valuable storage space when you get a present that you don’t want and won’t get any use out of. Christmas, like your birthday, is a chance to get a bunch of things that you’ve had your eye on for a while but couldn’t afford yet. You’re doing everyone a favour by listing what you really want.
If you need a practical item for everyday use but haven’t been able to invest in the purchase yet, let someone else treat you to it. Maybe you need a new watch or alarm clock, a new pair of headphones or a new bag. Do you need a pair of fancy shoes for special occasions? Is your kettle or toaster kaput? If there’s anything that might seem too boring to spend your own money on, let somebody else do it! It might be less exciting, but you’ll definitely use it.
Christmas is the peak occasion for novelty gift-giving, especially for Secret Santa operations. People aren’t going to find it too weird if you add a quirky item to your Christmas wishlist. If money is tight for you and there’s some shiny cool gadget that you really want but don’t actually need and you can’t justify buying, then it could make a great gift for somebody else to get you. It could be the perfect opportunity to get that silly board game, mini robot, plush cushion, underwater lights, or ice cream/popcorn/candyfloss maker.
Beauty gifts are popular at Christmas, and they are also practical in some cases. For example, if you need a literal make-up case, or if your hairdryer or styling equipment could do with a replacement or upgrade. A top-up of your favourite perfume or aftershave surely won’t go amiss, or a skincare set to fight off dry skin and chapped lips this winter. Again, you might have had your eye on something cool but too expensive, like a fancy make-up brush set or a designer brand product. If it’s in a friend’s budget, why not?
Christmas exemplifies some of the best things about winter: wrapping up warm and getting cosy indoors. Scarves, throws, and socks might seem like boring gift ideas, but you will always need them and they’ll always come in handy. Some fluffy slippers or your favourite scented candle will make you feel so much comfier when you’re snuggling in on a winter evening with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Speaking of hot chocolate and marshmallows, food-related gifts are also a staple at Christmas. You don’t have to feel greedy for asking for a bulk pack of your favourite snack or sweet treat. If you regularly drink coffee or tea, or you appreciate a particular type of liquor, then ask someone to treat you to a stash of your favourite drink. If you enjoy preparing food yourself, then add a handy kitchen tool to your wishlist, such as a pastry cutter or a vegetable dicer. Or you can ask for a cookbook if you want some new recipes to try out.
Having a hobby can be very rewarding as an individual, but there are often associated costs with keeping it up. Whether you’re a serial knitter, a fitness fanatic, or always listening to music, you can ask people to buy gifts which relate to your hobby. This could be a yoga mat or fitness tracker, speakers or vinyl records, or crafting materials. You can even use Christmas as a chance to motivate yourself to start a whole new hobby. Why not ask for a gift that relates to something that you always wanted to try but never got around to?