Buying The Perfect Gift

My husband literally despairs at this time of year.  While he loves Christmas, when it comes to shopping and present ideas he doesn’t really know where to start.  I gave up on receiving wonderful surprise gifts years ago and started giving him gift ideas to take some of the stress out of it for him.  Whilst this worked to a point, he still finds Christmas shopping difficult and time consuming.

I was just talking about how I’m the chief runner at Christmas time, and I find coming up with gift ideas for everyone pretty hard too if I’m honest.  Our friends and family come to me wanting to know what to buy for us all too.  I struggle putting our own lists together for the kids and teen.  I never know what to buy my husband and then friends and family expect me to know what I would like for present ideas on top of that.  Sometimes my head feels like it will explode scrabbling for ideas.

rushing shoppers

I totally get why all these questions for present ideas fly around families.  We’ve all become very aware that spending money on Christmas presents can be a very expensive business.  We all want our money to be spent well and for the person receiving the gift to want and need what they are going to be receiving.

Money can be a great go to present when you are really stuck for what to buy someone, but how do we really know it goes on a special treat for the person we gave it to.  If my husband gave me money and said ‘go shopping and buy yourself something nice’, it probably wouldn’t happen.  The money would be stuffed in my purse, and I would probably end up spending it on day to day items, without having anything for me to show for it.

One4all gift card screen shot

This year my husband has decided that the One4all gift card is the way forward. He knows that the money is going to be spent on things I actually want for Christmas and I get to enjoy a shopping trip to pick out some much needed new shoes, maybe a bag and some new clothes.  The One4all gift card also means I won’t be tempted to fritter the cash away on things for the kids or daily purchases we make for the home.

one4all gift card retailers

I’m looking forward to a little shopping trip, as the One4all gift card can be used in store and online at lots of different retailers and my mission is to find the perfect Christmas outfit for the festive season.  They are always adding new retailers to the places you can shop, and I’ll certainly be heading to Clarks for some of my shopping trip. Stay tuned for the next instalment to find out how I get on.

This post was written in collaboration with One4all gift card

Zena's Suitcase
Zena's Suitcase

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Kayleigh Watkins
    December 6, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I am exactly the same Zena, I find it so hard especially with Connor being 13, these are a great idea, most of my family buy him a game voucher so he can get what he wants for his Xbox xxx

  2. john prendergast
    December 7, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    I give most of my family gift cards now they can buy something they want.

  3. Best Gifts
    January 20, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Gift Cards are still the simplest way to gift. Will have to try that out

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