Living close to all of your relatives can be an awesome experience. But when your relatives live out of town and Christmas is around, Christmas shopping for them may be tasking.
Sometimes you are forced to relocate because of a job or maybe you just move because you would like to experience a new city, state or country. Likewise, one or more of your relatives may opt to relocate for the same reasons.
Regardless of how or why it happened, many of us often find ourselves in a situation where our relatives may be spread out all over the globe. This is may not be a nice experience for us as it becomes difficult to stay in touch.
The question now is, what if we wanted to buy such relatives Christmas gifts? It is most likely going to be tough.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the dilemmas associated with Christmas shopping for out of town relatives. We will also provide some helpful strategies for dealing with these dilemmas.
The financial cost and the hassle of shipping gifts is one of the most obvious problems in this scenario. Items which are large, heavy or fragile can be difficult to ship. For example, you may find a beautiful crystal vase that you know your out-of-town cousin will love but you may be hesitant to purchase this item because you are afraid it will be lost or damaged during shipping. Even shipping small items can be a problem, especially if they would be hard to replace. These fall in the categories of collectors or limited edition items.
When this is the case, it may be wise to stick with gifts such as gift certificates. These can often be included in a Christmas card and mailed with only one stamp. Although these gifts may seem unexciting, it is much easier than dealing with the long lines which typically exist at any shipping location during the Christmas season.
Another problem associated with Christmas shopping for out-of-town relatives is you may have find it difficult selecting gifts for them. You may have been very close with the relatives when they lived nearby, but now that they live far away, it is difficult to stay in touch. As such, emotional distance between you and relatives may occur. For instance, you may be unaware of her current hobbies and interests which can make it difficult to select a personalized gift she will really appreciate.
Opting for generic items such as sweaters or scented bath soaps and candles is one way to deal with this problI’m. You can also make a concerted effort to get in contact with your relative before you begin the Christmas season. Whether you give them a call or send an email or letter you will be opening up the lines of communication which can give you some insight into their current life and can help make it easier for you to select a great Christmas gift he or she will really appreciate.
Even buying home gadgets can be difficult when you are doing it for out-of-town relatives. You may see a throw pillow or a vase you think your cousin will absolutely love and which would match her living room perfectly but you may be unaware that she has redecorated the living room by painting the walls a different color or purchasing new furniture to replace the furniture. This may seem like a big detail but even if you have kept in contact with your cousin, she may have forgotten to mention she had redecorated. This can make purchasing home related items for out of town relatives a bit stressful.
You can however, solve this problem by buying decorative items as gifts. But do try to include the receipt when you ship it to your relatives. This makes it easier for them to return the item if it does not match their décor. You may then decide to buy a more suitable item. They will appreciate the gesture for being thoughtful by allowing them to choose an item that fits well in their living space.