Christmas time means celebration; meeting and greeting loved ones and making long lists of gifts to pamper friends and family. People around the world wait for this very special day and begin decorating their homes weeks in advance. Christmas isn't complete without gifts, and to find the appropriate gift takes planning and preparation. Here is a collection of the top ten Christmas gift ideas for men, women and kids. It will help you choose the right gifts for your dear ones this festive season.
For a gadget freak, you can choose any piece of technology. A brand new mobile phone, a netbook, an iPod if he's fond of music or an ebook reader if he loves to read, are some of the gadgets that make good Christmas gifts for men.
For fashion-loving men, outfits make best Christmas gifts. You can choose formal shirts, ties or tuxedos. You can buy him a t-shirt and personalize it if you want. Add his photograph or a personal message on the t-shirt. Or paint it yourself if you are good at that! Christmas is the best time to gift him a winter jacket. Or get him a blazer of the brand and color of his choice. In case you do not know his choice of clothing, it is best to use gift vouchers.
Gift him a branded watch, a leather belt, a pair of gloves, a wallet or sunglasses. Men love accessories. Team these up or choose any one of these gift items. If you are gifting these to your husband, boyfriend or dad, personalize it. To give a personal touch to your Christmas gift, attach a message to each gift. Add a tag saying "for all those 'times' we have spent together", to the watch or a "for the warmth we share..." tag to the gloves. He'll like it.
4. Digital Camera
A digital camera is perhaps a great choice for anyone who is interested in photography. Gift him the latest digital camera to let him treasure precious memories. If you are choosing this as a Christmas gift for your boyfriend, how about secretly loading the camera with a photograph of the two of you, clicked a while ago, transferred to the new camera!
Buy him a musky-smelling Tom Ford Azure Lime or Calvin Klein's Eternity, a very masculine fragrance. Or gift him the very popular Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani. Expensive; yes they could be, but colognes have made it to the list of top ten Christmas gifts for men!
Well, leather has something masculine about it. Leather goods and accessories make best Christmas gifts for men. Did you think of just leather belts and wallets? No, there's more on the list. You can gift men, leather bags - you can choose from laptop bags or haversacks. Or choose a duffel bag, a commander bag or a mobile phone cover in leather. You may like to gift him a combo pack of leather articles; like two belts and a wallet, or a pair of bags (one big, one mid-sized).
7. Shaving Kit
That makes a perfect Christmas gift for men. It typically includes a pre-shave oil, shaving cream, razors and brushes. It might come with an after shave lotion or balm and men's cosmetics. You can choose to add men's skincare products to the kit or even a men's cologne. Gillette, The Art of Shaving and Clinique are some of the good brands to go for.
Gift him tickets or passes to a concert he had always wanted to attend. If he's a sports addict like most men are, gift him tickets to a sports event he would like to be a part of. Consider gifting him movie tickets to any new movie he would love watching. Passes to his favorite adventure sports park, also make a good Christmas gift for men.
9. Movie DVDs
If he's a real movie buff, gift him DVDs of his favorite movies and add to his collection. Since it's holiday season, he is likely to find time to watch them. So, Christmas is the right time to gift men, movie DVDs. Choose the genre depending on what he would like. Classics, sci-fi, comedies, love stories or recent releases. Asking him (well, indirectly) or asking someone who knows him well, before buying the DVDs is always better than making a wrong guess of his choice of movies.
10. Gift Basket
A gift basket for men should have things that men love. You can combine any of the Christmas gift ideas we just saw and make a gift basket for him. Don't forget to add chocolates and a jar of Christmas cookies in the basket. Team it up with a bottle of wine. He'll love it! You can add keepsakes to the gift basket. A photo frame, a mug, a perfume/cologne, cufflinks, a tie, a pair of gloves and socks for winter, a little diary (if he writes one) are some of the articles that can go into a Christmas gift basket for men.
1. Spa Products
Every woman loves to pamper herself. Give her a chance to do just that by gifting her spa and beauty products this Christmas. A body wash, a body spray, a bath soap, body oils, lotions, among other bodycare products, neatly packed, make one of the best Christmas gifts for women. Manicure and pedicure kits are definitely among the top 10 Christmas gifts for them.
You would hardly find a woman who doesn't like cosmetics. Who wouldn't want them as gifts? Every woman would die for them. Gift her a makeup kit this Christmas, or buy her cosmetics she uses everyday. How about a lipstick coupled with a lip gloss or lip balm; or a set of eyeliners and eye shadows in her favorite shades? Or buy her an Avon or Revlon nail polish bottle, the shade she always wanted to have.
Designer clothes are an excellent choice of Christmas gifts for women. You can pick knee-length dresses or gowns, or trendy tops and skirts. Buy her a winter jacket or a pair of gloves and a sweater this winter. If you are choosing clothing for your girlfriend or wife, you can buy her nightwear or personalized attire. Gift her a cashmere shawl if she would like it. This one's among the top Christmas gifts for mom.
Works wonders with any woman. Every woman loves to adorn exquisite pieces of jewelry. Gift her a necklace, a silver chain, a pendant or a bracelet. Birthstone necklaces or pendant and earring sets are among the top Christmas gifts for women. You can buy her jewelry in precious stones, gold, silver, diamond (that every woman loves) or murano glass. You can team it up with a jewelry box, an earring stand or a jewelry tree to help her hold those beautiful pieces of jewelry together.
An enticing fragrance is an ideal Christmas gift for women. Pick one of the best-selling women's perfumes like Chance by Chanel and Burberry by Burberry or a celebrity perfume like Curious by Britney Spears or Live by Jenniefer Lopez. If it's going to be your Christmas gift for your wife or girlfriend, you can add a personal touch by sliding a cute message along the bottle neck. The perfume will remind her of your fragrant moments together.
6. Hats, Scarves
Hats in different styles make good Christmas gifts for women who love wearing them. Winter caps can be another good pick this Christmas. Cashmere scarves for the winter season and fancy silk scarves for other occasions are also among the top 10 Christmas gifts for women. Gift your mom a winter cap, a cashmere scarf or fur earmuffs to keep her warm during the chilly winter.
You won't deny that women are in love with bags. Whatever number they have, they want more; a different bag for every dress, different ones for different occasions. They want variety in colors, sizes and shapes. So bags and purses are always among the top 10 Christmas presents for women of all ages. Check out the latest winter collection of bags and gift one to that woman you love. Gift her a handbag, totebag, a designer bag or a trendy purse.
8. Kitchen Gear
Now this includes everything from a culinary knife set to personalized aprons for her. You can gift these to your wife or mom. A personalized cutting board and cutting knives make good gifts for a homemaker wife or mom. Salt and pepper sets, cutlery, glasses or mugs are some other good Christmas gift ideas for women.
9. Coffee Maker
She loves coffee? Gift her a coffee maker this Christmas. Team it with one or two coffees of flavors she likes. Gift her a coffee jar and a mug to go with the theme. Yes, you can personalize the mug by getting her picture and a Christmas wish printed on it. If you are choosing this Christmas gift for your girlfriend or wife, you can get a picture of the two of you printed and attach a message saying something like, "Miss me when you have it alone...", to the coffee mug or jar. On a personalized mug for your mom, it's a great idea to get your childhood photograph printed, as a reminiscence of your years spent with her.
10. Gift Basket
Load the basket with plenty of chocolates (women love them) and some keepsakes that women cherish having. You can add a photo frame or a tree picture frame, refrigerator magnets, a mobile phone holder, a flip flap, cookie jar, maybe a brooch and a spa voucher to let her pamper herself. Add to it, a bottle of champagne or wine and your gift basket is complete. A perfect Christmas present for any woman that is.
Now, that's a favorite among kids and tops the list of Christmas gifts for children. Buy them marshmallow pops, sweets, a gingerbread house, cupcakes and chocolates. Bake them a chocolate cake and Christmas cookies and gift them these goodies. You can add stocking stuffers too.
2. Video Games
Video games are a favorite among kids of all ages. Think of what they would like, buy something that will entertain but avoid buying violent games. Look for educational video games. Buy them a Nintendo or PSP console or Xbox 360 games like Kung Fu Panda and Spider Man: Friend or Foe. You will see them smile their way into the virtual world that video games create.
Skirts and tops, jeans and tanks for girls and jeans and t-shirts for boys are among the different outfits you can gift to kids. Sweaters make great gifts for Christmas. For younger kids, you can buy Christmas and angel costumes and socks and booties. Christmas hats or nightwear for both girls and boys and hair accessories for girls are among the top 10 Christmas gift ideas for kids.
Well, toys are a popular Christmas gift for little boys and girls. Buy toy cars for boys and dolls and plush toys for girls. Pretend-n-play games make great gifts for girls. You can gift them doll houses. Boys like the masculine stuff like toy cars, airplanes or bow and arrow sets. Christmas trees, a stuffed Santa and Christmas chimes are among other top Christmas gifts for kids. You can gift these kids board games like monopoly and scrabble, mind and math games and puzzles.
Books are a treat to any child who loves to read. If you know about the kid's love for books, gift something that will add to his/her collection. Famous Five, Secret Seven, the ever-so-popular Harry Potter Series, Sherlock Holmes, Chicken Soup are just a few examples of books to buy as Christmas gifts for children. For younger kids, get books of fairytales, bedtime stories, poetry books or other children's books. If you know a particular interest of the child, get him books of that genre. Comics, coloring books and quiz books are among other good books to choose from.
6. Travel Packages
Travel tickets to their favorite destination are among the top 10 Christmas gifts for kids. Passes to Disneyland are a great pick. Tickets to an amusement park or adventure sports park are among other top Christmas gifts for children. Take them on a vacation long-awaited and hear them chirp with joy!
7. Sports Gear
If the kid's a sports freak, gift him gear for his favorite sport. Baseball or soccer gear, swimwear or camping gear are some of the best presents for Christmas. You can choose training kits of these sports too. Your son wanted a bike? Gift it to him this Christmas. Your little girl had asked you for skates? Get them as a Christmas gift for her.
A cute pet in a basket is just so adorable! Imagine gifting it to your kid. A great Christmas gift idea that is. Gift your kids a pet they always wanted to have. Buy a pup, place it in a nice basket, decorate the basket and surprise your kids by gifting it to them. A bird with its cage, a little hamster or a cat are other options you have. You can consider buying an aquarium for your house. The little fish will amuse the kids, making these good Christmas gifts for them.
9. Piggy Bank
Piggy banks come in different shapes and sizes. You can buy one for the kids or gift them a hand-painted one. They come in the shape of a teddy, a frog, a dolphin, an airplane or even a soccer ball. Get them in the shape they will like most. Personalized coin banks are also among the top Christmas gifts for children.
10. Gift Basket
What goes into a Christmas gift basket for kids? Christmas ornaments for their tree decorations, candy, little Disney toys, a stuffed Santa, a little Christmas tree, books on Christmas trivia, art books, story books, an art and science kit, coins and other keepsakes are some of the gift articles that can go into your Christmas gift basket. To personalize it more, add a letter or a scrap book with messages for them and things about them; something like their photographs with you or your message for them. Or prepare a new year resolution sheet or booklet for them and add it to the basket!
You can choose any of these gifts to brighten up your Christmas celebrations. American author Burton Hillis rightly says that the best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.