Buying the perfect present for someone can be a challenge. You have to rack your brains, scour the shelves, and dig deep in your imagination to find the right gift to make someone’s face light up on the big day.
But sometimes, the ideal thing isn’t hard to find at all - when the right present matches up to the right person, you just know that’s going to work. It all depends on how well you know the person, and what makes them tick.
You know your home, and you know what makes it tick. That’s why you’ll know exactly what your home deserves this Christmas. It’s put in a lot of work over the past 12 months, so why not reward it with something it really wants this December? After all, you might notice the benefits of these as well.
Here’s our handy gift guide for your home:
A big show-stopper
Getting enough wrapping paper to go around a two-storey extension will be a big job in itself, but if you want to skip the wrapping part, no one will blame you when the present is this good.
Most of us have become very familiar with our homes over the past couple of years - more familiar than we ever anticipated - and lots of us have come to realise that while we might love our home, we could always do with a little more space.
There’s been a boom in home extension and loft conversion projects as families have looked to improve rather than move, giving themselves the space to incorporate working from home, exercise, crafting, or just relaxing.
That trend doesn’t look like it’s going to go away any time soon, which is why this is one sought-after gift that it’s worth picking up early. Many people might jump on a big home improvement project at the start of the new year, so the next couple of weeks are a great time to get ahead of the rush and speak to tradespeople about booking in work next year.
Waiting lists can be extensive, so the more prepared you are, the better your chance of getting it in the diary.
A little TLC
Sometimes it’s not the show-stopping, giant boxes under the tree that really win the day. Now and then, what really counts is the smaller things, the little stocking stuffers that really hit the spot.
It’s the same with your home. A new dormer in your roof will go down great, of course, but you don’t always need to splash out to get something your home will love.
There are plenty of smaller home improvement projects that are guaranteed to delight and impress when the time comes. Decorating jobs are surefire winners. A new coat of paint or wallpaper will always go down well. New worktops or tiling are long-standing favourites too.
And don’t overlook floors. Fitting new carpets, or even installing wood floors are jobs that will make your home feel like a million dollars.
The same goes for outside as well. The weather might have turned full-on wintry, but landscaping never really stops, and there’s always the opportunity to get work booked in for the future. A garden project is just the kind of present that will make your home know you really care.
An old stand-by
People can roll their eyes when they unwrap a pair of socks or box of chocolates. They’re not the most imaginative gifts - you probably grabbed them from the supermarket at 7pm on Christmas Eve - but here’s the thing; they’re really useful, and secretly, everyone really appreciates getting them.
There are a similar batch of presents you get for your home. Yes, they’re not as eye-catching or exciting as fancy new floors or adding whole extra rooms, but they’re guaranteed to be well-received.
A boiler service isn’t flashy, but if you’re able to enjoy hot running water and toasty radiators all winter, it will definitely be a gift that doesn’t go to waste.
Loft insulation won’t be at the top of anyone’s list, but you know your home will see the benefit in the months and years to come.
Having a plumber or electrician check out your home’s issues - again, not what everyone is desperate to see under their tree, but you know how grateful they’ll be in time.
So, don’t let your home be disappointed this Christmas. Give a gift that it - and you - will really love. After this year, they've really earned it - and so have you.