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Christmas Gifts For The Hard To Please

Posted by The Canningvale Team on

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Full of sparkling lights, chocolatey advent calendars, festive feasts, and quality time with loved ones, there's a lot to love about the silly season. One of the biggest challenges this time of year - along with finding Christmas-Day-appropriate stretchy pants and cracker jokes that are actually funny - is the Christmas shopping. It’s hard to think of so many gift ideas all at once and, inevitably, there’s at least one person on your list who is exceptionally tricky to buy for. Rather than falling into the trap of getting said person a gift voucher for the seventh year in a row, try one of these ideas on for size. They’re thoughtful, useful, and almost guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the lucky recipient.

Canningvale Gift Guide

The world’s best beach pack

Perfect for the summer-loving sand enthusiast in your life, this gift will get used again and again over the coming months. Pack a  generously-sized beach towel, a beach umbrella, good quality sunscreen, and a waterproof radio into a beach bag, ready for the recipient to sling over their shoulder and head straight to the sand. Depending on your budget and your person, you may want to switch out some of the items above for other beachy goods, such as a pair of thongs, a stylish hat, an e-reader, esky, or novelty floaty. A pack like this is the kind of gift that’ll win points for both its practicality and fun factor, earning you the title of Chief Present Giver 2017. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Netflix and chill combo

If your hard-to-buy-for-friend is more an indoors kind of guy or gal, why not apply the same pack logic to a more relevant pursuit? Include a cosy throw, a collection of the recipient’s favourite snacks and a pair of ridiculously comfortable PJs so they can enjoy all their favourite shows in perfect binge-watching conditions. If they don’t yet have Netflix, you could even throw in enough money for a starter subscription. 

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The perfect sheet set

This is a particularly excellent idea for anyone on your list who has just moved into a new home or is in the process of renovating. Buy a set that’s soft to touch and made to last, like one of those from our Sogno Linen Cotton Collection . Linen is one of the best fabric choices you can make, thanks to its suitability for both hot and cold climates, the way it gets softer with each wash, and the fact it’s always in style. If the person on your list likes the finer things in life, you can also look at purchasing a silk set, like those in our gorgeous Valli collection . They’re incredibly soft to touch and luxurious to look at, ensuring wow factor upon opening.

Canningvale Sogno Linen Cotton

An unforgettable experience

If you’re dealing with the person who has it all, give them an experience instead of a possession. Are they a foodie? Do some research on the best new restaurant in town and take them to dinner there one night. If they’re a fan of the arts, look at upcoming theatre, concerts and exhibitions and choose tickets accordingly. If they’re someone who loves to learn new things, consider booking them in for a workshop or talk on one of their areas of interest. If none of these ideas seem right, have a think about what might improve their life right now. Are they a new parent? If so, could you offer a night of babysitting to give them some time out? Are they under the pump at work, and if so, could a 90 minute massage help them unwind? Put yourself in their shoes and see what your imagination comes up with.

Whatever you end up buying your loved ones this Christmas, make sure you check the returns policy and keep the receipt. There’s nothing worse than realising you’ve chosen the wrong size or colour, or discovering your present is a double up on something the recipient already owns. Finally, if you’re buying online, make sure you check Christmas delivery cut-offs so you’re not left empty-handed on Christmas Eve. If you have your eye on the perfect gift from one of our collections, place your order by December 5 th to ensure pre-Christmas delivery. Ho-ho-happy shopping!

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