When it comes to Christmas gift ideas, it’s quite easy to get flustered and stuck on what gifts you should buy for friends and family. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that as long as the presents I buy are personalized or tailored to the individuals then I’m in the clear. Unless a family member or dear friend actually asks for a gift card, I’ve definitely come to learn that this just is not one of the best Christmas gift ideas. If you are really in a bind you can always turn to Oprah’s Favorite Things or other popular shows like The Ellen Show, as both release lists as to what they think are the most trendy items of the year, but unfortunately these items usually sell out pretty quickly. Also, this is kind of a last resort as to where I’d recommend looking in regards to Christmas gift ideas. For me, the best thing to do is start that Christmas shopping ahead of time so you’re really able to put thought into what you want to buy for each individual. Often I’ve found that I’ll just be at a store and randomly come upon the gift that’s perfect for the individual hence the import of starting your shopping early. Regardless, just know that your friend or family members will love whatever you get them as long as they can see the thought behind the gift. This truly is what matters. A popular trend today, especially with this economy, is the DIY (“Do It Yourself”) gifts. This is something that has been a great success amongst myself and my family and friends. When someone knows that you’ve spent time and put effort into making something such as a cute necklace or a painted coffee mug, that means even more. There’s also an added shock value which makes me smile every time I give a friend a gift that I’ve made. Pinterest is a wonderful site to finds ideas if you decide to go this route for Christmas gift ideas. Whatever you choose to do just remember that thought it everything! Christmas is about giving, not about the money behind every present under the tree.