Tuesday, 18 March 2014

How To Plan Buying Presents And Win A Hamper

Most people when looking to buy presents do so with the best intentions. The thought process is usually something like: I won’t be one of those eejits panic buying random books or bottles of expensive alcohol the day before my friend’s big birthday because I’ve failed to plan. No way, that’s not for me. Not again.

Of course the intention is always to plan ahead but somehow, life, love and the binge watching of addictive TV shows always get in the way. The trick is to go one step further. Don’t just retain some vague intention to be more organised. Get active, do something. With this four step plan we can ensure your future shopping experiences run as smoothly as possible.

Know who you’re buying for

It happens way too often. You take a look on your social media and see a flurry of birthday messages being sent to one of your family members. You totally forgot it was their birthday and now you have to run to the shop to buy them something. You have no idea what to buy them and it’s too late to ask someone closer to them as they’ll realise how last minute you’ve actually left it. And so you cast a baleful glance online at your credit card funds and sigh to yourself as you spend money on something they’re probably not going to even like.

Set your budget

You’re going to need to know how much you have to spend in advance. That way you don’t wind up splurge-buying a swish new tablet for yourself before realising you can’t afford little Timmy’s guitar he’s been asking for or unusually-large-for-her-age Claire’s box of Nutella. And what then? You’ve got to take on a second job as a janitor in the evenings, meaning you never get to see your spouse or kids at all, ruining your marriage, causing you to hit the bottle, get sacked from both your jobs and, finally, wind up begging outside that supermarket you had originally planned to brag in. See where not having a budget gets you? It’s a dark image for sure, but this is solid motivation we’re providing here.

Make a list

Whether it’s Christmas presents, birthday presents, or any other presents, planning is all about lists; do not just rely on your brain. Don’t be one of those people. Sure I’ve a great mind altogether, I often get seven letter words on Countdown. You will forget what presents to get, what’s what and which presents which. The mind is fallible and it will let you down – especially when under duress which you’re almost guaranteed to be. Also you probably won’t understand what a Doc McStuffins is and who or what a Macklemore does. So maybe it’s best you write everything down before you actually start shopping.

Buy in the sales

When it comes to shopping for others the trick is to start early. When you hit the sales keep any upcoming events in mind, no matter how far in the future they may be. Sure your Mum’s 50th is six months away but you’ve spotted a great gift at an amazing price now. If you buy it now, you’ll save yourself the stress of looking for something closer to the time and save some money for yourself along the way.

To take the stress out of your next present how about winning this rather fabulous hamper!  Jam packed with indulgent treats, a full size bottle of pink fizz, handmade chocolate truffles, luxury fruit cake, candles, shortbread, Belgian chocolates and hand cream all beautifully presented in a golden box.  


If you would like to enter simply complete the rafflecopter by the 3rd of April.  If you cannot tweet as your not on twitter feel free to share the competition on facebook instead for the entry!

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442 comments:

  1. Very easy to navigate making gift buying a doddle

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  2. I am very much a planner when it comes too gift buying. I am one of those annoying types that has a cupboard that holds gifts for every eventuality. Of course I go out to buy specific gifts for people as well but I am never caught short and always have something that I can give in the event of an unexpected gift giving situation

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  3. Rachel Stephenson18 March 2014 at 10:47

    I leave everything to the last minute...but I think I'm good at choosing gifts as it's something I do tend to take my time with and do a lot of research. The only trouble is doing it this way tends to cost more money.

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  4. I love buying gifts and always try to buy something a little different so start looking and shopping early. I always make my own personalised cross stitch cards too! I love anything arty! I

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  5. With my children now being older they don't want or like surprises, they just tell me what they want so things aren't wasted

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  6. Gift buying has become so much easier now with being able to shop from the comfort of your own home. I love browsing through all the different sites.

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  7. love buying gifts it cheers me up and the people I buy gifts for

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  8. I am a last minute girl, never know what to buy anyone!

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  9. very last minute and in the sales.

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  10. I like to plan in advance to get something they love and at the right price!

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  11. I much prfer shopping on-lin I am able to plan ahead and am less likely to impulse buy

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  12. I have to plan ahead, as a lot of children to buy for in our family, so usually pick things up in the sales

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  13. fiona o farrell18 March 2014 at 10:57

    I enjoy searching out different or quirky gifts for people. I would hate if someone thought a present I bought them was boring!

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  14. It is a very easy process with a nice selection of choices.

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  15. I am last minute buyer and always wish I had saved more for gifts
    Spencer Broadley
    s.broad@hotmail.co.uk

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  16. i love gift shopping but lack imagination so gifts end up very random

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  17. I'm terrible at buying gifts and prefer it if people give me a Wish List to choose from.

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  18. i do try really hard to think of gifts, for close family, that they will love & shows i have put some thought into it :)

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  19. Easy to find that perfect gift and something for myself too!

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  20. i love finding unusual and personal gifts for my friends and family and buy from a wide variety of places ranging from craft fairs, folksy and also high street stores and online retailers

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  21. I try and pre-plan gifts but then something crops up and you have to replace it and its a mad panic dash.

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  22. i love buying gifts not one for giving money as I feel not much thought as gone into money gifting.

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  23. I tend to be last minute and whim buying

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  25. I am not keen on present buying and leave it up to my partner I lack funds and motivation but she always seems to pick well and find a bargain

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  26. I always try and buy things in advance or if I see something in the sale, always looking for a bargain x

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  27. I am not very organised about buying gifts after reading your comments above I will have no excuse not to improve my ideas.

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  28. Danielle Stevenson18 March 2014 at 11:56

    I like to think I'm good at buying gifts, I try and plan everything far in advance and research items thoroughly to get the best deals!

    @mrspogs

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  29. I actually prefer to be spontaneous and end up buying all year round! lol x

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  30. I like to stick to buying something small but personal and preferably handmade. Handmade by someone else that is, not me as I'm as crafty as a slug. I don't use budgets either. Gifts are not about cost :).

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  31. I always go with the best on intentions about what I am going to buy (I even write a list) however I am always swayed by something else I have seen.

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  32. I think they are the ideal presents for friends and families

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  33. I'm rubbish at buying gifts and try to avoid as much as I can

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  34. I try to find something unusual and because I rarely buy gifts when I do I don't tend to worry about the cost.

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  35. I love buying presents - especially for my children! I always buy well in advance too!

    Ashleigh

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  36. I tend to buy gifts throughout the year if I see something I think someone would like! Love browsing online, as shopping with a baby and toddler can be stressful!

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  37. Edward Guerreiro18 March 2014 at 13:20

    The choice available always makes me feel overwhelmed. So, to counter this, I tend to make notes of what people in my life have said they want/need. So when the time comes for me to buy them something, I can’t avoid that feeling, which I don’t much care for.

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  38. I love buying gifts,especially for my mum and my nephew and niece and I take them something every weekend when I visit them.

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  39. I like to plan gifts and I'm a great list maker - it's great to get some new ideas

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  40. I have a gift cupboard where I store gifts that I have found in the sales ready for when they are needed.

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  41. love buying gifts that are special.

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  42. I'm a spontaneous gift giver but I always look for bargains and I see to be shopping online more often too.

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  43. I find it hard to buy gifts for certain people, others are easy to buy for. I do a lot of research before buying things, especially online.x

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  44. i never know what to buy for anyone! im not very good at gift buying!

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  45. I don't really plan buying gifts but I'm always on the lookout and if I see something I know somebody would love I buy it there and then

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  46. Buying gift difficulty depends on who you are buying for and what occasion the gift is for. I find that men are really hard to buy for as they don't really share much about themselves with you unless you are really close to them or you know them from one of their hobbies like golf.

    Children are much easier to buy gifts for, but Mother in Law gifts can be a minefield unless you are very close to your Mother in Law.

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  47. I always buy my gifts in advance. I have even started my christmas shopping already.

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  48. Think about the kind of person you are buying the gift for. Try picking up on any useful hints they may drop in the lead up to any celebration. Finally, secrete said gifts in a location where they cannot find them, but which is memorable to you!

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  49. I'm one of those people who is racing around at the last minute. Every year I intend to plan, but no....it never happens

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  50. I love buying gifts but find it hard to buy for family and friends as they get older as they all seem to have everything!

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  51. I love gift buying now as I can do it all online - no need to hit those crowded shops

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  52. I love buying gifts and I try to plan in advance, not as much as my mother in law she starts buying for Christmas in the January Sales and the forgets what she bought. My brother in law got two of the same book, 2 loads of pjs and my daughter had an unbelievable amount of presents!!

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  53. So easy to buy gifts off here and saves me so much time , fantastic x

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  54. find buying gifts hard, never seem to find the right present

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  55. I try to plan in advance and tend to pick things up early if they're an ideal gift

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  56. I am terrible, I always think I know what I want but then cant find the right thing, I always look for something different and weird rather than the same old DVD or perfume or book :)

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  57. I'm quite organised. I like going to independent shops to buy my gifts I make my own quilts which family and friends are waiting for so if I don't make one as a gift then what I buy has to be very special.

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  58. I always feel like it was just yesterday that it was last Mother's Day so I really struggle coming up with new ideas!

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  59. I always panic a lot when buying gifts - I worry I will get it wrong :/ x

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  60. I can't cope with present buying if I don't have a list.

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  61. Always have an idea what I want to buy but easily swayed by a bargain

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  62. Home made cakes and sweets are always appreciated

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  63. I like buying gifts if I have time to think about what I am getting - hate last minute shopping though, mega stresses me out!!! :)

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  64. I like to plan all year round looking through sales and browsing the web or just picking up thing i think people will really love while i am out shopping

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  65. I always leave it until the last minute

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  66. I never know what to buy and always leave it to the last minute.

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  67. I buy 95% of everything online, so much choice, competitive prices and delivery quick. Saves parking charges, getting stuck in traffic and queuing up!

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  68. oh the internet lot simplier kids at school present delivered no spying or moaning

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  69. I wouldn't survive without Amazon for gift giving now :)

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  70. These days buying on the interenet is an easier option for gifts as there is such a huge range to choose from !

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  71. I plan ahead and research on line. I always but my Xmas cards and wrapping in the sales

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  72. I agree with Susan - got homemade shortbread and loved it

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  73. Gift buying for women is easy but men nooooo!! x

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  74. lynsey buchanan18 March 2014 at 20:04

    I love buying gifts for people

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  75. i always try to do it in advance and get something a little different . i als lokk in the sales to get bargains

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  76. I try to be as organised as possible, most people I know, I know straight away exactly what to get them

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  77. Plan way in advance all the time x

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  78. Easy and accessible site to navigate

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  79. I know its dull but I always ask what they want,when money is so tight id hate it if I bought something that that was unwanted or useless

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  80. I love to browse the Internet to get ideas

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  81. Buying online makes it easier to find the best price

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  82. I tend to make favorite sweets and try and get something that they wouldn't buy for themselves

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  83. I love buying gifts, get a lot of mine in the jan sales ready for the year

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  84. Always enjoy buying for others or making gifts myself.

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  85. Catherine Jones18 March 2014 at 21:31

    I love buying presents, but do always do it last minute... seem to make my best purchases then!

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  86. my wife is the most organised person ever for birthdays and christmases so i dont have to do any buying lol lucky me xxx

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  87. Its great if you can buy early having found a bargain.

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  88. i love all the unique personalised sites online

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  89. I hate buying gifts can never think of things people would love.

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  90. I love buying gifts for women but have a bit of trouble buying for men, usually end up with aftershave or socks, though not too bad with my son cause he loves home accessories, so thats easy enough x
    Tracy Sinclair
    Twitter @tjsi1963

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  91. I generally buy all year round as it is cheaper then.

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  92. I start buying Christmas presents in January to save money

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  93. At the moment I seem to be buying gifts all the time and find it really hard as never know what people want

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  94. hi with so much choice on offer on the internet i sometimes think its overwhelming which is why i now tend to stick to amazon and facebook pages as well as company's recommended by friends family and bloggers
    i always have a budget in mind but dont stick to it if i see something perfect for a certain person
    i love the luxury hamper you are giving away not only a feast for the belly but the eyes to it looks amazing :)

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  95. buying gifts for people gives me great pleasure to see there faces light up is a buzz
    from samantha price

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  96. I spend a month panicking about what to buy people and about a hour the day before I need a gift panicking and just buying the first thing that comes to mind! I'm useless at buying gifts!

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  97. I always overspend on gifts: I love spoiling people!

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  98. I like to make gifts from craft supplies but I love buying something different or special too

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  99. Chocolate what's not to like. A perfect gift, you get to give it and you also get to eat half of it. No brained.

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  100. I really love buying gifts, it's great sussing out people and finding that perfect something!

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  101. Nice selection, seems to be something for all

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  102. I am always looking for that special gift.

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  103. I'm not the most organised person for buying birthdays and Christmas gifts and always tend to leave thing till the last minute but I do try and get things that I think they will like.

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  104. I try to put a lot of thought into buying presents and I think vouchers are a cop out. Like to give people something they really want.

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  105. I am quite good at buying gifts & see to get what people like or introduce them to something new. With kids I often buy things I used to love as a id like fuzzy felt

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  106. i love buying gifts for people and always put a lot of thought into it, i make up little hampers with peoples favourite things x maria blythin

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  107. I love buying gifts and get excited waiting for them to unwrap it

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  108. I love buying gifts, it's so much fun x

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  109. I pick up new things at the local bootsale, my family get much much more this way and I love looking for bargains.

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  110. Can peruse with ease and find something to please

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  111. a great leaving pressie for someone moving away is a hamper of things that remind them why they are leaving. we had a friend leave yorkshire so we filled a lively picnic hamper up with local beer, chutneys, cheese etc etc! great present!

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  112. I try to plan in advance but it very rarely works out that way. I like to buy something a little different but something that I know will be really liked so I do tend to put a lot of thought into any gift I'm buying...no matter how small

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  113. I have a mum, mother in law and ex mother law to buy for so its an expensive day for presents.

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  114. I keep a list throughout the year of things people say they like. It inspires me. x

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  115. Sometimes it's hard to buy gifts for people because how do you show someone how much you love the in a gift?

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  116. I always feel that I keep buying the same old things for people and need inspiration.

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  117. I am always stuck for people, what do you buy someone who has everything :)

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  118. I'm very bad at buying gifts, sometimes I wish there was a website that would say "buy this for here - she will love it"

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  119. What a lovely gift hamper id love to share this with my daughter when she comes to visit me from Scotland x missy iris tilley (fb)

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  120. I Love buying gifts at Christmas but I find it a hassle the rest of the year

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  121. I like to think I'm a good gift buyer, I try to imagine the persons reaction and put real thought and effort into gifts I buy. Top tip, if you see anything someone would like buy it now and put it away even if it's months until you need it!

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  122. I love buying gifts & really try to put real thought into what the person would really like.

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  123. Buying gifts is hard. I prefer to look online than in shops.

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  124. I love buying gifts. It makes me feel less guilty about spending money.

    Rubi Ani

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  125. Buy them when you see them and put away ready for the person

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  126. I love buying birthday presents, but find Christmas difficult as there are so many to buy at once, and I run out of ideas

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  127. I love buying in the sales, just after Christmas ideally.

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  128. Love using the internet . So much choice and good prices.

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  129. I buy presents all year round, if I see something that would be perfect for someone I buy presents for, I'll buy it even if it is several months before their birthday.

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  130. I think I am quite good at present buying. I save all year for Christmas so I can afford to buy everyone something nice. I don't even need to ask mu daughter what she wants as I can so easily pick for her. It does help to be organised and plan ahead rather than leaving everything to the last minute.
    Lovely prize too.

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  131. Ideally, I'd like to think of myself as completely organised and everything sorted - however, in reality, I'm not. I'm so disorganised these days and it's gotten worse since I had my son! Full on baby brain - I've had it since falling pregnant in November 2008 and still have it 5 and a bit years later! I have got mothers day cards sorted for our mams but nothing else.

    Thanks for the advice and the fantastic post. All has been noted and will be put into action whilst shopping and out and about. I really should plan ahead (in fact, I do plan ahead with cards, just not presents - I have a list of which cards I need for each month, buy them at the end of the month before and have them written and ready but not for gifts!) x

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  132. we tend to give a small amount of money just for nieces & nephews as no one in my family has much money so this suits us all.

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  133. The internet is a great way to shop, but I still see gifts while walking through shops.

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  134. I have a present cupboard. I look for special gifts through out the year

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  135. I love buying bits and pieces to make hampers - really personal gifts

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  136. I worry a lot about buying gifts - never know what people really want

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  137. I tend to overthink gift buying and can't decide between two or three things for each person

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  138. I'm really bad at buying gifts, I always worry if what i get is enough or too much or not what they want lol, only people i love buying gifts for are my kids <3

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  139. Some great advice, I'm always looking for gifts in the sales all year around it really helps.

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  140. Sometimes it's hard to know what to choose when buying a gift, but this hamper looks like a great idea.

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  141. I love finding just the right present for people

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  142. As I work in retail I tend to leave buying gifts until the last minute (I'm one of the rare breed of women that doesn't like shopping!) Internet shopping is a godsend. I love to find the right gift for the right person and like to give personalised gifts wherever possible.

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  143. I love choosing presents for people

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  144. I really like buying gifts - I make a mental note of what people say they like during everyday conversations and then surprise them on their birthday :-)

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  145. laura jayne bates21 March 2014 at 22:03

    i love buying presents for other people and find it especially handy to buy online

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  146. I used to be brilliant at prezzie buying but I struggle now - the busier you are the harder it is!

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  147. I always see the perfect present after I've bought something else already. I should stop being so organised.

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  148. Hampers are such fantastic gift ideas...I really should start making some up as presents..would make present buying much easier!

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  149. I love buying presents but I do take the easy way out and buy online, all of the fun and none of the trudging round shops in the rain

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  150. I try & plan everything far in advance. I research items thoroughly to get the best deals!

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  151. I buy the ideal gift when I see it rather than when I need it

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  152. I like to plan a bit in advance when gift buying and I prefer people to tell me what they want rather than getting a surprise.

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  153. I am a bargain hunter I like to buy good gifts for bargain prices although If I am unsure I gift Money! I would hate for people to have pointless rubbish.

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  154. I buy things as and when I see them and put them to oneside so that when the big day arrives I don't have to spend ages looking for something suitable.

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  155. I love good product design that has good build quality and has a price that reflects value for money

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  156. love finding unusual gifts that make people smile and is value foir money as well :)

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  157. I always ask, but if I don't get a hint then I shop around to find something a little different - making sure I have a gift receipt just incase...

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  158. I'm very last minute kind of person, only less I know what the person wants. x

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  159. I always buy gifts in advance when I see them on offer

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  160. I hate gift buying, it's so hard to get it right! I tend to buy things as I see them and think they'd be right, rather than leave it last minute because I can never find anything right then!

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  161. i love buying gifts, i always try to buy something very apt for the recipient

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  162. melanie betteridge23 March 2014 at 23:02

    im very last minute

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  163. I keep a notepad file on this computer, if I see something or think of something that might make a good birthday/Christmas/etc. present I make a note of it even if it's months until the event.

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  164. I am rubbish at buying gifts - no imagination!

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  165. christy golding24 March 2014 at 12:42

    I like to buy in advance, but a lot of the time even with good intentions everything gets left til last minute and smellies are the emergency go too gift

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  166. i love original ideas and like buying advance. But sometimes its hard to wait long enough to give it for an occasion.

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  167. I like buying gifts although some people more than others :)

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  168. I always try and have a list and stick to it so I don't overspend!

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  169. I think the internet makes buying gifts a lot easier :)

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  170. I always try to buy people things that they want rather than something that I like.

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  171. Some lovely gifts, great for something different

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  172. The best gifts are the ones you think about and aren`t always the most expensive. Personalised and thoughtful mean more than cold hard cash.

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  173. I always leave it till the last minute buying gifts

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  174. I tend to buy online - I'm not a fan of the 'themed' and often useless gifts for holidays which will probably sit in a cupboard and end up in landfill :-)

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  175. When my children were younger I used to keep a 'stash' of presents as there were so many birthday parties they attended. Now they're older I'm very last minute buying gifts and buying online has also saved me many a time. I try to make my own gift bags as it can make a fairly inexpensive present look more than it might have cost. Plus they are reuseable and everyone always appreciates them

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  176. I'm really bad at buying presents! Most of my family have agreements not to buy each other gifts haha! But when I do buy, I definitely plan ahead and always buy something that I know the receiver will use!

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  177. I love buying gifts for other people, but hate spending money on myself?! I def plan ahead, unless its my husband who tells me "I want nothing for my bday" so he gives me no ideas so I end up shopping very last minute!!!!

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  178. I love buying gifts, particularly random "just thinking of you" gifts.

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  179. I love giving very unique or personalised gifts. I end up buying my own gifts as well as my Husband isn't as forward thinking and often forgets

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  180. Never have a clue what to buy but always manage to come up with something - the internet has proved invaluable for gift buying

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  181. I like to put some thought into it and come up with something really good (Sometimes this means a last minute rush!)

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  182. faye huntington26 March 2014 at 23:36

    i really love the experience of giving someone a gift - i love especially choosing a gift with sentimental meaning, creating beautiful giftwrapping and then seeing their face when opening the gift! with love, faye xx

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  183. I usually just wander round the shops until something unusual catches my eye. I try to be organised but it doesn't always work

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  184. I love buying gifts. I get so much pleasure out of seeing the smile on someones face when you give them a gift. I enjoy giving a gift more than receiving one!!

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  185. Every enjoyable experience to shop online, and choose the perfect gift.

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  186. Im a bargain hunter so tend to pick up things round the year, but when its a special occasion I like to look on line at different sites. Shopping with a toddler isn't fun!

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  187. I like to be organised when it comes to buying gifts and plan a head and get started early nothing worse than trying to find something and realising its not in stock

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  188. nothing feeld better then giving gifts.. ive already bought easter eggs for everyone and the next birthday is my 3 year old end of april.. already got half his presents now x

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  189. I always enjoy buying loads of little presents and putting them together to make a hamper, it's much more exciting to watch them open all of them individually!

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  190. I love gift sets, there's something for everyone but I also like to make personal hampers for people too

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  191. I buy gifts all year long as I see them, so there is no last minute rush before Christmas and Birthdays.

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  192. Sometimes I'm organised other times I'm not, hence why I was wondering around the shops today desperately trying to find a suitable Mother's Day gift!

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