Christmas is a season when a lot of people give and receive gifts. Practically anything can be given as a Christmas gift. The choosing of a Christmas gift is actually based on the preferences of the recipient or what the giver knows about the recipient. There are personal gifts and impersonal ones which can be given for the season.
A personal Christmas gift is one that has had a lot of thought put into its purchase or its production. Buying a personal gift means that you have a good idea what the person likes and prefers. A personal Christmas gift is something that you know the recipient will like and appreciate. This kind of gift is not generic and the giver is sure that the recipient has something similar to this or wants something similar to it.
For those who wish to give a unique gift for Christmas, there is no other way to give this kind of gift but to make one. Making a personal Christmas gift is something that you know will be a unique gift. There are a lot of things that can be made to represent a Christmas gift. Among these things that can be made are handmade soaps, hand knitted items, personalized items and many more.
These kinds of gifts are made with a lot of time and effort and speak of just how much thought went into it. One can also buy a personal Christmas gift especially if the giver is not as skilled as he would like to be. Since most personal gifts are given to family and friends, the giver is already aware of what the recipient might like and appreciate so the problem would be choosing from these preferences.
Impersonal gifts are usually randomly chosen gifts which are suggested by store clerks or advertisements seen on the TV or magazines. A Christmas gift can be considered impersonal because of the way it was chosen by the giver. Some people have no idea what the recipient might like for a Christmas gift and they sometimes ask other people like their secretaries to choose for them. These impersonal gifts may be random items that are sure sellers for the season.
Gift baskets are sometimes considered impersonal because not a lot of thought goes in to them but there are exceptions in this case. A Christmas gift basket may be assembled by a store clerk or just ordered via the telephone in accordance to what the giver may think as suitable for the recipient.