This Year I Wish For… | Gift Inspiration

The older you get, the harder it is to think of what you would like to have for your birthday or Christmas. This isn’t only a frustration for yourself but it also makes it harder for others. I feel awful when I can’t think of something small I would like to have and end up asking for money. I don’t like giving money to someone without a saving goal. Throughout the year I thought of some gift ideas, which lots of different people will definitely like to get for a birthday or Christmas (including yourself)! ?

One of the first things I look for when I am buying birthday or christmas gifts are interior items. You can never go wrong with these things. Think about fairy lights, marquee letters (these are really on trend right now), marble items (another very popular trend), a stolp and so much more. I like to go shopping for these kind of accessoires for myself but also for somebody else. My friends and I like the same interior things so it’s easier to find something they will actually like.

This next one isn’t for everyone but I did want to include it. I like to be creative and try new DIY’s every now and then. When I have to buy a gift for a creative person, I go online to look for some inspiration and then buy the supplies. Supplies for a scrapbook (check my DIY here) are great to give as a gift because it’s kind of like a memory book. This is also a great option if you have to buy gifts on a budget. DIY supplies are not that expensive and you can buy them at lots of different stores.

There are movie people and book people. I think I am kind of both. I love love love to watch movies with my friends or just by myself when I don’t feel like doing anything. But I also go through these phases where I am really into books, especially inspirational (that also look good as a decoration) books. Since I already own a lot of these kind of books, I only have “How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are” and “The Kinfolk Table” on my wish list. But if you have to buy a gift for someone that’s really into reading books, you could also get a novel. One of the books I still would like to have is “Girl Online On Tour” by Zoe Sugg (I loved her first book, so I am curious about this one). Oh, and a totally different book, which is fun to give as a present, is the Q&A A Day book!

One thing I am very passionate about (besides blogging of course) is photography. I’ve written a couple of blog posts about it and I think good photos are a must when you own a blog. I spend a lot of time experimenting with different kinds of lighting and editing apps. If you have a friend just like this, I have some ideas of what you can buy or make them. One thing I like to do is print one of the photos they took and put them in a photo frame. This is a very inexpensive gift but personal and thoughtful. I own a polaroid camera and that’s why I have a polaroid photo frame on my wish list since it’s a fun way to keep the polaroids I take.

Winter time means thick scarfs, knitted hats and other cozy clothing items. Fashion items are a great gift and accessoires like knitted hats or thick scarfs are also very useful during winter. These don’t have to be expensive at all. Primark, Vero Moda and H&M sell these items for very reasonable prices. If you really don’t know what to get someone, buy a giftcard from their favorite store. This is something they will be very happy with (I speak from experience) because they can buy anything they want.

Last year I made a post with my wish list but this time I wanted to write a post that will help you to get some inspiration when buying gifts. I know how hard it can be. I’ve been using Wantfeed to save all of the things I would like to have for my birthday and Christmas since last year. It’s so helpful because this way I don’t have to think of something at the last minute. Btw the tags I used in the photos for this post are printable and you can find them hereDid you already make a wish list? Do you think this post will help you with buying gifts?





  1. December 9, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    Wat een leuk en handig artikel voor de kerst!

  2. December 9, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Super leuk artikel, leuke foto’s heb je er ook bij gemaakt! 🙂 Ik houd echt van de decembermaand.

  3. December 9, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    What a great inspirational post (: I love to see pictures of wrapped gifts and I really like to wrap Christmas gifts with Christmassy paper (:
    Have an amazing day,

  4. December 10, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Wat een leuke post! Ik merk zelf ook dat naarmate ik ouder word ik niet echt weet wat ik wil hebben voor mijn verjaardagen/kerst! Ik heb dit jaar inderdaad ook om boeken en interieur accesoires gevraagd!

  5. December 10, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Hi Neeltje, first of all I really enjoyed reading this post! And you inspired me to buy some lovely gifts this Christmas! Thnx for the tips and have a wonderful Christmas.. Ps. I’m a movie/serie guy and also love photography!

    x Gino

  6. December 11, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Hey! i love your blog and love this post even more! This post is so relatable…Well, I love reading so much and How to be a Parisian is on my wish list too…i also looooove photography!
    All the luck x

  7. December 13, 2015 / 10:57 am

    What a fun article! It indeed is super hard to think of a nice present. I honestly have no clue of what to ask for this year and what to gíve this year. I really do like your tips, so maybe I’ll go for something you’ve mentioned 🙂 X Charissa

  8. Jenny
    December 13, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    That post was great! I know the problem, I find it so hard thinking of things I’d like for my birthday or christmas. But only when it is around my birthday or christmas, the rest of the year I can think of loads of things I want 😀
    But I always try to write down things I like right away so I won’t have forgotten them by the time my birthday/christmas come around.
    Have a lovely sunday! 🙂

  9. becky
    December 13, 2015 / 6:30 pm

    I don’t like giving or receiving money, either! Oftentimes I end up paying bills or buying groceries with it, and while it’s useful in that moment, that’s just all it is. I like buying and receiving practical gifts – no joke, I asked for a garbage can last year cause I didn’t have one in my room, haha. I love your gift packaging – which reminds me I need to start shopping!

    becky ♡ star violet

  10. December 13, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Wat een handig en leuk artikel! Het kopen van cadeaus kan soms best lastig zijn, dus dank je wel. Perfect voor de kerst! Ik ga nu jouw wantfeed uitchecken, ben benieuwd! X

  11. December 14, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Leuke tips!!

  12. December 15, 2015 / 6:50 am

    Getting gadgets for friends who love photography is a birlliant idea. Not a camera [yes please if there is a budget for it haha] but buying them an extra memory card or tripod if dont already have is actually very thoughtful too!

  13. junetwonl
    December 15, 2015 / 11:18 am

    ahh wat een leuk artikel zeker met kerst in het vooruitzicht

  14. December 15, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    Leuk idee dat boek Girl Online On Tour. Die wil ik ook nog hebben!! 🙂
    xxxxxx Frederique
    http://fablefrique – personal style blog by Frederique

  15. December 15, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Heel leuk artikel!

  16. Sophie Lee
    December 22, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Nice suggestions <3 i'm also a book person so i usually give books as gifts for my friends, esp the close ones, cause i can be sure the right book for the right person <3

    Much love and thanks from

  17. December 22, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    Wat veel leuke inspiratie! Zowel voor cadeau-ideeën als voor inpakken! 😉

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