This year, the New Year holidays will be held in a new and unusual format for many apartments. No clubs and restaurants - people will invite friends and relatives to their home or dacha, so the issue of preparing their home for the New Year is of particular relevance. Do not forget about gifts: the sooner you take care of their choice, the more accurately you will fall into the tastes of your loved ones and the more useful the gift will be. Together with Anna Shanskaya, project manager for work with customers of stores "Leroy Merlin" in the center of Moscow, we have collected some valuable tips: what gifts to choose and how to pack them beautifully.
When choosing a New Year's gift, each of us faces the same problem - how to make the gift both useful and interesting, and at the same time not worth crazy money? Of course, in order to exactly fall into the tastes of the person to whom the gift is intended, you need to know at least his hobbies and interests. But even with this information, it is not always possible to come up with a good and useful idea. Especially for you, we have selected 5 options for New Year's gifts that your friends and family will surely like.
1. Party accessories
There are never too many firecrackers, garlands and fireworks! If your friends or family have invited you to your holiday, you should bring along some nice little things that will decorate your New Year and make it more fun. This can be, for example, crackers - before the New Year, their variety in stores is especially great. There are crackers in the shape of a bottle of champagne, there are crackers with fortunes (after triggering in bright and shiny confetti, you can find a magical New Year's prediction) - you can use a wide range of choices and buy a variety of crackers. Then the festive program of the evening will be more varied, and there will be more impressions!
The same applies to garlands - you should not choose the most boring one according to the principle "so it was", it will be better and more interesting to buy an unusual garland, for example, in the form of stars or snowflakes. Multi-colored garlands will be in the house anyway - add one or two unusual shades and accents to the standard set. Yellowish stars, warm white light from snowflakes - together it will look unusual and especially festive!
2. DIY crafts
Today, the culture of DIY (DoItYourself, do it yourself) is experiencing a peak in popularity: people go to wood crafts workshops, watch online courses, read books. This is a great way to relax, distract yourself and concentrate not on daily worries, but on pleasant little things. Almost certainly everyone has friends who are doing DIY or would like to try - and you can help them with this! Here the choice is practically unlimited, but you need to know what exactly the recipient of the gift is fond of, it will depend on which tool is right for him. For example, jigsaws, cordless saws, drills are suitable for lovers of woodworking; for those who like smaller work, an engraver will be indispensable (a compact device that can grind, drill and engrave on a small scale). If a person is just planning to start immersing themselves in the DIY culture, buying a cordless screwdriver is a good decision - an indispensable thing when creating any DIY crafts. Unscrew, drill, assemble furniture - a screwdriver will help with any of these tasks.
New Year's table is not only Olivier, fur coat and tangerines. Have you noticed that in the cold on New Year's Eve, hot barbecue is even tastier than on the first warm days of May? If on New Year's Eve friends are invited to their country house, you can give them a cool and modern barbecue! The choice of them today is quite large, so everything is limited by your imagination and budget: there are barbecues with or without a lid, with tools (tongs, poker) with or without them, with or without adjusting the position of the meat over the fire. The brazier weighs a lot - in good models, the thickness of the metal, as a rule, is at least 3 millimeters, and the depth is a little less than 20, so it is better to deliver it to the place of celebration by car. Modern barbecues are pretty quick and easy to assemble, so you and your friends can immediately experience its capabilities, and at the same time diversify the festive table! Try to choose an unpainted brazier - from the heat, the paint will still peel off quickly and the brazier will lose its aesthetic appearance. And certainly this gift in winter will look at least original!
4. Home garden accessories
This gift idea is more likely not for those who live in a country house, but for friends and loved ones living in apartments. The creation of a small home garden is a new trend that is especially relevant in large cities: the owners grow green onions, lettuce and even exotic varieties of cucumbers. If your family member or friend has a small home garden, you can help arrange it with, for example, special lamps or soil. In stores and hypermarkets, lamps for plants are sold: fluorescent, LED, phytolamps. In winter, when the daylight hours are short, this will be an indispensable solution. You can also buy soil or at least useful fertilizers - for example, vermiculite, which saturates the soil with essential minerals and helps to get more seedlings.
5. Home textiles
On cold winter evenings, it is especially cozy to lie down on the sofa and cover yourself with a soft blanket - this is another interesting idea for a New Year's gift. Before choosing a suitable blanket, you must definitely remember what colors prevail in the apartment of the person to whom the gift is intended, and try to get into the color scheme - then the gift will have to be in place and will not lie on the far shelf in the closet. To keep the New Year theme, it is worth looking at the websites of hypermarkets for home goods - as a rule, there is a special New Year's assortment from which you can choose a blanket, pillows, and much more. A light blue fleece blanket with snowflakes, a gray neutral large-knit blanket, similar to a voluminous and cozy winter sweater - there are many options, it is just important not to be mistaken with the style and choose a blanket that will perfectly suit the interior.
We make beautiful gift wrapping
Choosing or making with your own hands a cool gift that your loved ones will like is only half the battle. It is equally important to pack it beautifully! It all depends on your desire and origami skills. If you feel the strength and willingness to make the packaging yourself - great, then you should arm yourself with wrapping paper, scissors and scotch tape (regular and double-sided). The method of packaging depends on the size and proportions of the gift - all existing options are described on the Internet, do not be too lazy to search and do everything according to the instructions. This will save paper, time and hassle. When choosing wrapping paper, try not to forget about the specifics of the holiday - in any store or hypermarket of goods for home improvement there is a special New Year's assortment, so it is better that the paper be with New Year's prints or at least have suitable colors: red, white, blue, green.
If this type of packaging does not suit you, you can present a gift in a beautiful gift bag. As is the case with paper, the options for New Year's gift bag design are just a cart and a small cart. You can also go the other way: take a regular brown craft paper bag and paint merry New Year's patterns on it with white and red paints, or at least just mugs reminiscent of both snowballs and the noses of Christmas deer.
If you know how to sew, and the gift is not too big, buy or find a small piece of fabric at home and make a nice bag out of it - unlike paper or a bag, the recipient of the gift will definitely not throw away such beauty, there will be a use for the bag, and it will be all year round remind him of your friendship.