8 Practical Tips for Buying Clothes for Your Family at Christmas

By Ramona Jessica Nadong - November 23, 2018

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Christmas is the season of giving, and there’s no better time of the year to show your family how much you care than during the holidays. While at first glance new clothes may not seem like the most exciting gift, the look on your recipient’s face when they pull out the right item of clothing is worth it.

People will say that getting clothes for someone for Christmas is a gamble, but these tips below will hopefully help make that process for you!

Think hard about what they need

Our first instinct is to always go for gifts that we would personally love to get, but as the Wall Street Journal’s guide on buying clothes for gifts suggests, taking into account your recipient’s needs is tough but essential. Pay attention to what colors or fabrics they like, and listen when they talk about styles they enjoy, and that’ll go a long way to making them happy this Christmas.

Don’t always go for super expensive pieces

While it may be tempting to pick the priciest, flashiest gift and call it a day, sometimes simple is best! A nice sweater that you chose from the heart can sometimes be a better gift than a sheer sequined blouse, even if the latter is more expensive. Also, Christmas isn’t about impressing someone with a price tag, but instead is about sharing joy and things that matter.

Buy local

People often forget that there are quality, homegrown brands that have great deals and items that you can gift. A great example of this in the local market is Filipino fashion brand BNY Jeans that have their own online shop that features the best in cutting edge styles for younger generations, and they’re currently doing a #giftguide campaign for Christmas that’ll be sure to spark some ideas. Brands like this are even more important if you’re buying for millennials or Generation Z.

Pick something unique

Although you probably shouldn’t go too over the top, it’s always good to pick out unique pieces that say something about the person. Unique doesn’t always have to mean out-of-this-world; depending on the personality of the person you’re gifting it to, it can also be a simple, classic piece that still catches the eye. Just make sure you’ve really thought your gift over!

Make sure you know where you’re shopping

This might seem unrelated, but it’s actually a very important point! Make sure you’ve planned ahead about where you’re shopping and what you’re looking for. Although it’s good to keep an open mind and see what you can find when you go around the department stores or bazaars, sometimes you can waste a lot of time scrambling for ideas, and eventually just rush to buy something before closing. Be smart and plan ahead!

See what’s available online

One of the great things about living in the information age is that almost everything is at your fingertips, and that includes shopping for gifts! Checking out what’s available online is a good way to find pieces that you wouldn’t be able to see in the department store. However, the downside is you can never be too sure about the sizing and quality, so make sure you think this option out carefully.

Invest in quality

When you’re getting someone a present, the best thing to do is make sure you invest in a quality item to show that you care. Try not to buy clothes that are flimsy or tear too easily— your recipient might love your gift and be sad if they have to throw it away!

Ask for a gift receipt

This should go without saying, but the top tip for any clothes shopping is to ask for a gift receipt! This is a simple but thoughtful way of showing that you have your recipient in mind, so if the sizing is wrong or if they’d like another color, they have the freedom to go back and pick for themselves.


Christmas is the season for showing how much you care, and hopefully these tips will help you out this year! You can check out more posts like this in the lifestyle section of Not Your Ordinary Girl.



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