It’s mid-September at time of writing this article, but before you know it, Christmas will be here again, and you will no doubt wake up on festive morning with a beautifully wrapped package from your loved one. What could it possibly be? Well, considering it’s shaped suspiciously like a tie, feels like a tie, and erm… smells like a tie, you probably don’t need three guesses! Tired of feigning excitement at adding another tie to your already extensive collection? To be honest, so are we, and that’s why we have put together a number of ways you can actually get the gift you want, be it Christmas, or at any other time of the year.
There’s no bad time to start dropping hints, but you should always start early to reduce disappointment. Whether you’re looking at the stylish wallets online at Bricraft, or your window shopping with your partner at your favourite gadget store, you need to make sure they get the hint. You could try the subtle approach, such as randomly bringing up the thing you want in conversation, but it’s best to be obvious. So if you really want the latest smartphone, cough every time you see it advertised on tv, talk about how rubbish your current phone is, and leave your laptop open with the seller’s web page on full view for all to see.
Update your Amazon wishlist
You’re too old to send Santa a Christmas list, but you can still update your wishlist with all the things you can’t afford to buy yourself, but you’re sure all the other people in your life probably can. And hey, you may be able to afford some of them, but as we said, you don’t want to get the same old things to unwrap year in and year out, and your wish list will give people an idea of what it is you want. So, there are two ways of going about this. Either email your wish list to people ‘accidentally’ and laugh off your mistake when you see them with a nudge and a wink, or blatantly pass on your list to others so they know exactly what you are looking for.
Life or death situations
Okay, so it’s not life or death if you don’t get that video game you have been after (though it may be if you get another pair of socks this year), but you can still create a sense of urgency. “I really need” and “My life would be better” are two of the phrases you should start every sentence with, and make it obvious to anybody willing to listen. Yes, people may get sick of listening to you going on about the things you want, but the only way you are going to shut up is if they actually buy them for you. And if they don’t? Keep going on about the item until next year. They will soon learn their lesson if they ignored your desperate pleas the first time around!
When all else fails
When you’re becoming desperate, and all else has failed, you could ask for a gift voucher or money so you can buy the thing you want yourself. Alternatively, buy what you want but give it to somebody totally inappropriate.“What’s that nan, you don’t have an Xbox? Well, if you’re not going to make use of the game…”
Thanks for reading!