CHOOSE WISELY: Take into consideration the likes and dislikes of an older friend or relative when you go shopping for Christmas gifts.
CHOOSE WISELY: Take into consideration the likes and dislikes of an older friend or relative when you go shopping for Christmas gifts. Photos: Courtesy Robina Shopping

The added beauty of thoughtful gift-giving

THE simplest of Christmas gifts can bring much pleasure, years after the present has been received.

Fond memories are created and affection is passed on through that very act of giving.

Seniors and grandparents tend to have quite a collection of these items which are imbued with emotional attachment.

Year after year, this collection grows.

But there's always room for more...

When choosing a gift for an older friend or relative, take into consideration the recipient's personality, likes and dislikes and way of life.

Does he or she garden, entertain a lot, read, go to the movies, wear a lot of "bling", or enjoy certain hobbies?

It's helpful to chat with the intended recipient to find out his or her needs.

Would a hamper of food be more welcome than another ornament to put on already crowded shelves?

Of course, gift vouchers are a popular choice because recipients can then pick out something that appeals to them. Our stores in Australia are brimful of gift choices, no matter how much you have to spend.

Handmade or personalised gifts are an option that's sure to please. Shop at the local markets for soaps and other beauty products, hand-crafted timber and leather items, jewellery and even cards.

Notebooks, journals and stationery can be monogrammed at stores; watches and pens can be engraved to add that individual touch.

A calendar made up of family photos taken throughout the year will be treasured. Before you set aside a day for Christmas shopping around the stores, maybe save time by doing a bit of research online.

Many charities, especially those that operate overseas, rely on the income from gifts they offer at Christmas. These "meaningful" purchases could include a goat or cow to help a needy family, adopting an orangutan, or choosing fair trade, eco-friendly products. Watches and clocks are usually a gift well-received - and there's a huge range of designs, makes and prices.

Perfume, glittering jewellery, crystal objects, paintings, figurines, books, picture frames, plants, calendars, diaries, notebook computers, an esky, scented candles, coffee machine, chocolates, Christmas Day lunches, Storey Bridge climb, skydiving, holidays, theatre tickets, there's no lack of gift options to show grandparents and senior-aged friends and family members how truly loved they are. Importantly the gift will be an enduring symbol of your warm regard and affection.

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