We know it’s early, but if you want to ensure your loved ones don’t have to resort to a random gift-grab in the ‘Christmas presents for her’ aisle of your local shop (which is invariably chocolate or socks, by the way), now is the perfect time to start giving serious thought to what you want for Christmas.
But what if your mind goes blank every time you think about it? What if, when people ask, the words “I don’t think there’s anything I need” simply spring out of your mouth, putting you at risk of missing out on well-earned festive gifts completely? Here are some top tips for working out what you want to receive: a nice long list will soon be yours.
1) Put a notepad next to your wardrobe. We’ve all had mornings when we’ve wished we had a certain jumper, cardie or style of jeans to complete an outfit, so next time that happens, note it down. Start this now as you’ll need a good few weeks to get a comprehensive list going.
2) Do the same with your underwear drawer. Ladies’ lingerie is always a great gift to ask a partner for, but make sure it’s exactly what you want by being very specific: do you put off wearing that dress because you need a well-fitting strapless bra, for example? Note it down and your entire wardrobe could soon be wearable again, all thanks to a well-organised Christmas list.
3) Staying with the clothing theme, assess your winter wardrobe. While many of us are still getting by with throwing a cosy cardie on over our autumn outfits, this approach can’t last. Make sure you’ve got the perfect winter shoes, the cosiest clothing fabrics – we’re talking wool, cashmere and thermals – as well as the most flattering winter designs to ensure you make it through the rest of winter in style – and are ready for it next year. Note down any gaps in your cold weather wardrobe and add them to your Christmas list.
4) Seek inspiration wherever you go. Don’t be afraid to take snaps on your phone of colours, themes or specific items that take your fancy in the lead up to the big day. Also, if you see some street style or an interior décor theme you just can’t get enough of, jot down some notes to help you recreate the look.
5) Create a collage. Anything that catches your eye online can be quickly added to a board and kept for future reference on Pinterest – why not take a look at our Pinterest page to get you started? If you prefer a physical collection showing all the items that set your heart aflutter, grab yourself a piece of card and create a Christmas moodboard by cutting out pictures from a magazine. This is also a great way to identify catwalk trends you love, so you can look out for similar styles from more affordable retailers.
6) Everyone loves to give indulgent gifts to friends and family, so let them really treat you this year – but with the things you actually want. Drift off into a fantasy where you are enjoying a pampering session and take notes of the things you see. Does a brand new pair of women’s pyjamas say ultimate comfort to you? How about a face mask, a fluffy dressing gown and a shiny new set of nail varnishes to choose from? You may not need it enough to rush out and buy it yourself, but these pampering presents are what Christmas is all about, and wouldn’t it be lovely to unwrap something you know will make you feel wonderful?