A Christmas list can seem like a rude thing to have. It seems many people feel it is a way of pressuring people into giving presents. However, having one handy for people who ask you what you’d like is not at all the worst thing you could do, and it is a good way to ensure you get presents you actually appreciate. Here is how you can ensure your Christmas list is well-structured and will not offend anyone.
First of all, consider online venues that offer wish lists, which you can then link your loved-ones to. Amazon, John Lewis, and a host of other shops will offer this service, and allow you to record all the items you would most like to receive. This is also a good way to keep track of everything you would like, at some point, to purchase for yourself so don’t downplay the usefulness of this list. But, if you do use it for this reason (I myself am forever using it as a list of Kindle books I wish to purchase, even though they cannot be bought as gifts) then you should go through the list around this time of year to remove any- and everything you don’t actually want to receive. This can include gifts you intend to buy for yourself at some point or have bought since last updating the list. I am forever buying things from my Amazon list in shops, and then forgetting to remove them from the list when I get home; by ensuring you do this you can make sure that you won’t get doubles of items you already have. Make sure there is an even spread across the price range, allowing friends or family members with lower budgets to buy you presents as well as catering to those who have larger bank balances and can afford to buy you pricier gifts. It is best to aim for a lower end, which allows those with higher budgets to purchase multiple gifts should they choose to.
Getting your kids to write out a wish list is a good idea, too. For them, this can be made fun by dressing it up as something you need to send to Father Christmas. This makes it harder to put them online, but you can always start a secondary wish list in their name and add to it the items from their written gift list. Buying ready-made, special stationery or some Christmas-themed stamps to liven up their letter and envelope is a great plan; this allows you to bring in some of the Christmas magic. Scan or photograph the letter before popping it into the envelope and tell your kids you’re doing it in case Santa has questions about it later; you can then add the items to a gift list after posting the letter to Santa. Going through the entire rigmarole can help children who are on the verge of losing their faith in Santa keep it for just another Christmas season, and knowing precisely what they want can help you direct friends and family members accurately. It also gives you a good idea of what to buy, but you can edit the gift list by adding little stocking stuffers you know your child will like, and adding presents from the same range to pad out the pricing a bit.
Christmas lists are, in fact, a great way to communicate your wants and needs to all those you love and who may wish to buy you a present. Put a stop to poor present-buying by being prepared to hand out a concise list of your wishes and dreams!