The Perfect Fit: Guide To Giving
Clothes As Christmas Gifts
Finding the ideal gift for anyone can pose quite a challenge. It needs to be just right: the perfect blend of thoughtful and personal with a hint of practical. If you add the fact that you're shopping for clothing to give as Christmas presents this year, the "art" of gift giving can turn something joyful into a stressful process. Avoid the aggravation of shopping for clothes and read on for tips about how to gift great garb.
High Risk, High Reward
The stakes are high when shopping for clothing. You never want to offend the recipient by selecting the wrong size (too small or too big), color or material. On the other hand, the payoff can be worth the risk. Getting it right shows the giver's understanding of the person, and the piece could become a go-to item in the recipient's wardrobe. Before you order online or rush to the store, pay attention to the person's favorite colors, take their apparel needs into consideration, and note their age and taste. If you're still stumped, tag along on a trip to their favorite store to get a feel for their style. When in doubt, save the receipt.
If gold-sequined unisex tops are in style right now, it's probably best to refrain from that trend. Fashion is fleeting. While a particular style may be the "it" thing of the moment, it probably won't be tomorrow. Find timeless pieces that could work within your recipient's existing wardrobe. If they're trying to start a capsule wardrobe, basic threads serve as functional and versatile pieces. Of course, "basic" doesn't have to mean "boring." It's merely a starting point that can indicate the color palette and structures they might prefer, making it easier for you to find the perfect gift.
Don't know how something will fit your recipient? This can be somewhat tricky because you don't want to be too obvious about your intentions and you don't want to offend the person you're shopping for. The most obvious approach is to ask directly. However, that's not always the best method. You can try sneaking a peek at a close friend or family member's closet to check the sizing. If that doesn't work, ask someone else who can check it for you and provide more details. Maybe a family member or friend has shopped for clothes for them before or can help you in your sneaky attempt to figure out the perfect fit.
Loungewear For The Win
If you're worried about selecting the correct size but would still like to give clothing as a gift during the holiday season, loungewear is a real crowd pleaser. The pressure of finding the right fit is alleviated by the simple fact that loungewear tends to be loose fitting and made of softer or more forgiving fabrics. The gift of comfort will always be appreciated. If you're giving loungewear to a child, consider nixing the tissue and wrapping paper and present it in kids' luggage sets. Not only will they get comfy clothes, but also a practical and fun accessory, too!