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How to be a more meaningful gift-giver this holiday season

In a year that’s been unlike any other, there seems to be added pressure to get things right.

SAN ANTONIO — The most wonderful time of the year can easily turn into the most stressful time of the year when it comes to gift-giving. 

In a year that has been unlike any other and has been particularly hard for so many, there seems to be added pressure to get everyone you love and care for that perfect gift if only to lift their spirits and give them a slightly more positive ending to 2020. 

Well, stress no more! Expert Personal Shopper Jordan Stolch with MiKado, a concierge personal shopping firm offers several tips for finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 

#1 Focus on experiences

Stolch says that rather than buying someone an item that may sit on their shelf or in their closet, gift someone an experience. Whether it be tickets to a museum or daily passes to one of our many state parks, you’ll be giving them something better than an item, you’ll be giving them the opportunity to create unforgettable memories. 

#2 Cater to the Home 

With so many people working from home (WFH) this year, it’s become clearer now more than ever before, how important it is to have a functional, calming space. Maybe consider gifting someone a house plant or a framed photograph of you together to upgrade their WFH space.

#3 Prioritize Personalization

Stolch points out that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make a gift ‘uniquely special.’ You can personalize a gift in very simple ways. A couple of ideas include gathering photos and turning them into a calendar or gifting someone a mug with an inside joke or an important quote on it. 

#4 Encourage Engagement 

And finally, social connections go a long way during this era of COIVD-19. Organize a zoom holiday party or wine-tasting with your family. Maybe try a virtual Secret Santa with your co-workers. This way everyone can feel connected, while still staying safe. 

At the end of the day, people just want to feel loved and cared for. If you stop and take a little extra time to put some thought and meaning into your loved ones’ Christmas gifts, you’ll come out winning every time.