Most of the time it might be simple for you to buy gifts for close family members seeing as how being close to them you probably know what they like and dislike. With that being said what do you buy for distant family members? Lets take a closer look and find out how to buy gifts for distant family members.
There are a lot of reasons why shopping for distant relatives is difficult. One of the main reasons is that you don’t see them or talk to them enough to really know what they are into. Their hobbies, passions, interests, likes, and dislikes. Another reason that its difficult is that you have to factor in shipping the item and how much it will cost you. Depending how far away they are it could be very expensive let alone the cost of actually buying the gift in the first place.
The reality of the situation is that for the majority of us our family is widely spread out across the country. Some of your family members may live hundreds of miles away. Even though you have great distances between you. You still love and care for one another like a family should. You want to share Christmas with them by buying a gift for them even though they live so far away. Giving them a Christmas gifts tells them that even though they may live far away you still love them and think about them.
Unfortunately most of the time it’s a little difficult to shop for them. If you’re buying clothes for them you need to consider that they may have gained or lost weight since the last time you have seen them. Maybe they like at certain color of pants when you were last together but now they have moved on to a new color. With all these difficulties Christmas shopping for a distant family member can be easily simplified.
A good way to make things more easy on your Christmas shopping journey is to actually call the family member you will be shopping for. A simple phone call can give you a lot of information about their current life. Such as their new hobbies or interests. You should be making a phone call anyway even if its just to keep in touch. Though directly asking them about their current interest may take away from the surprise of your gift. You will reduce your risk of buying something they don’t want or even like. If you discover that their interests are a little broad you could consider buying them a gift card to a particular store. This isn’t the most exciting gift but you will be sure that they will actually buy something that they love. Plus even if it’s a gift card they will appreciate you thinking about them and actually sending them a Christmas gift.
Something else you need to think about is shipping the gift to them. Depending on the weight and size of the gift it can get a little expensive. Plus if you are shipping the gift close to Christmas it will become even more of a hassle. Some things you should consider is shipping the gift at the beginning of December. When your shipping the gift early be sure to wrap it up and then set it in the box. Add a little note in the box. Have it say don’t open till Christmas. This will be a cute little addition. Also when purchasing the present you might want to consider purchasing a smaller size gift. This will dramatically reduce your shipping charges.