THIS IS GIFTING. THE BUYMEONCE WAY.
It’s that time of year again. Christmas and all that comes with it is drawing ever closer: cosy (if perhaps a tad high octane?) festive fun with loved ones, all manner of celebrations including those office parties, indulgence in delicious seasonal treats, ice skating, winter fairs and of course – deep breath now – gift buying. There’s no denying it; gifting can at times be scary and incredibly unfun. The anxiety of battling crowds with a list as long as your arm and absolutely no idea what they want or where to start can be overwhelming. Fear not, this year things are different. This year, BuyMeOnce is on hand to help. To navigate you through this magical yet demanding time of year, we’ve curated a gifts section on our website and devised a selection of gift guides to meet your seasonal shopping needs. We’ve curated all-encompassing guides to help you breeze through the holiday season. Before we get cracking, here are some tips to keep in mind to help you shop for gifts the BuyMeOnce way.
THINK BEYOND CHRISTMAS
Shops heavily promote seasonal gadgetry and novelty items aplenty this time of year. Try to resist. These items have a limited lifespan and are by and large pretty generic. Think beyond festive celebrations, and invest in gifts that are beautifully crafted and made to last. These are much more likely to be lovingly appreciated and add meaningful value to everyday life for generations to come.
Don’t wait until Christmas Eve to start your shopping. This is sure-fire shortcut to a spiral of anxiety. Give yourself time, avoid the panic and enjoy what you’re doing. Giving a great gift can be a joyous experience – try not to lose sight of that!
Small or large, the best gifts mean something to the recipient. These are the ones that will stand the test of time and will not immediately appear in the local charity shop. As stress levels heighten, the danger of the panic purchase increases. We spend money on things we’re not sure about and haven’t thoughtfully considered, so we have something to gift wrap and offer. This, BuyMeOnce-ers, does not a good gift make. A little calm preparation will help you avoid disastrous panic shopping. This moves us nicely on to…
List things that your gift recipients are interested in and jot down ideas ahead of your shopping excursion. Think about what they might need. Have they just moved house? Maybe they’ve recently started school/college/university? Do they have a new job? Even if you don’t have a detailed picture of their day-to-day life, asking yourself these questions will help you build a list of items that could offer great value and happiness.
Opt for something that you yourself would be happy to receive. If you are buying something for a child – try to tap into the child you!
CREATE A BUDGET
Remember that list – the one as long as your arm? Give yourself a budget and you’ll avoid the anxiety of extreme costs and seasonal gift recipient resentment. To help you with this task, we’ve selected a great range of gifts under £50 on our website, so you can shop happily with the knowledge that you’re being mindful of your budget.
GREAT GIFTS FOR KIDS
Without further ado, here is our very first BuyMeOnce gift guide. Let’s kick off with those mischievous little ones.
Buying for kids at this time of year is a challenge. The never-ending demand for the latest shiny gadgets is exhausting and rarely results in lasting satisfaction. At BuyMeOnce, we are looking beyond the holidays; we’ve worked hard to find great gifts that are timeless, imaginative, beautifully made and won’t fall to pieces by the time the lights come down. Or ever.
Vintage Christmas Bear – $64.99
This little guy is a wonderful gift for kids of all ages. His soft straw-coloured fur makes him cosy and cuddly, and his red scarf gives him a distinguished traditional yet timeless look – altogether a charming creature. This bear is a real find and he will last through generations of love (The Vermont Teddy Bear Company offer a lifetime guarantee). And if he ever needs a little fixing, The Vermont Teddy Bear Company have a handy Bear Hospital for treating sickly bears.
Wooden Stacker Rabbit – $28
This little rabbit is sure to put a smile on their faces; his playful, colourful design is engaging. Little ones will have lots of fun interacting with this whimsical character; we love him for his cheeky charm as well as the lack of electronic noise. This toy will inspire imagination as well as encourage children to develop their fine motor skills.
Green Toys Airplane – $12.59
Calling all pilots! Check out this awesome airplane made from 100% recycled plastic and printed using soy ink. Kids can soar through the skies in this striking red and blue aircraft with a spinning propeller and two-wheeled landing gear. Not only is the design perfect for tiny hands to master, it’s free from BPA, PVC and phthalates making playtime totally safe and worry-free.
ONE WORLD FUTBOL – $39.50
Perfect for kids big and small – get them moving and playing with this incredible ball. It will never need a pump or go flat. Take it anywhere – the game need never end! Not only is it brilliantly made, but each purchase also buys a ball for children in developing countries, allowing them to play and have fun in harsh, unforgiving conditions. Incredible.
A Growth-Spurt Proof Dress By Nula – Now $29
Giving a growing kid clothes of any kind can be tortuous business. It all comes down to that moment of truth on Christmas day. Did I guess their size right? Have they grown four inches in three weeks?
Nula have an amazing answer, finding the most BuyMeOnce friendly alternative in Kids' clothes. Nula’s size-adjustable dresses are carefully made in the USA using 100% organic cotton, and fantastically, each garment has a three-year fit. This means each dress will grow alongside your little menace, for around three years but maybe more. They're available in age 2-3-4 (as shown opposite on 2, 3 and 4 year old models), 4-5-6 and 6-7-8. Follow the link through and check out their entire collection - they also have tops and even leggings!
Camelback Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle – $26.99
The only water bottle they’ll ever need – great for school, college and weekend adventuring. Camelback have it covered with a lifetime guarantee. Aside from being ultra durable, stainless steel gives these bottles a sophisticated look and the block colour base adds a touch of fun.
FISHER BULLET SPACE PEN – $18.94
This pen has NASA credentials. It was originally designed to be used in zero gravity environments and was used aboard the first Apollo mission. This pen will work absolutely anywhere in any conditions – try writing upside down! Its sleek design makes this pen timeless, while the bright metallic colours on offer make it truly covetable. Perfect for those wanting to add a little flair to their studies.
We have so many more brilliant gifts for kids – don’t forget to check out the Gifts section for our full list. Stay tuned, we’re busy creating more gift guides to steer you through the gifting jungle. In the meantime: Think Beyond Christmas; Don’t Panic; Be Thoughtful; and Create a Budget.
Happy sustainable shopping!