SOURCE: Sam's Club

December 06, 2012 05:00 ET

Gift Makeovers Made Easy

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2012) - (Family Features) If you find holiday shopping more stressful than fun, you might be tempted to put it off or just grab something generic and slap on a pretty bow. That can lead to some unfortunate gift choices and a lot less merriment for everyone. But with these savvy tips from lifestyle and DIY expert Brooke Peterson, you can personalize the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Consider these five tips for low-fuss gifting ideas that are sure to make a big impression:

Make it a Group Thing
The secret to making your recipient feel like their gift has been thoughtfully selected just for them is to group smaller items together. Is there a wine lover on your list? Select an attractive bottle of wine, several classic or artistic wine glasses, a book on wine pairings, and tie it all together in a wine bucket. Are you shopping for a tech lover? Pair smartphone-ready gloves with iTunes® gift cards.

It's All in the Presentation
Add a personal touch to holiday gifts by wrapping them up in a way that says you care. Consider using a decorated tree ornament instead of a bow, or top off a gift box with homemade or pre-packaged cookies or candy.

What's in a Name?
Nothing is quite as personal as a monogrammed gift, but who has time to order a name or initials during all that holiday shopping? Avoid lengthy wait times by creating your own monograms DIY style. Stop by your local craft store for some iron-on lettering, apply your gift recipient's initials or name to a cozy throw blanket, hand towels or even a reusable bag and, voila -- you have a thoughtful gift in minutes.

Pamper Me
Delight the overworked friend, co-worker, loved one or spouse with a luxurious and inexpensive DIY spa basket. After all, who doesn't love a little pampering? Just assemble candles, bath salts, soft towels and relaxing music in a modern or classic basket -- top it off with a hairband and cozy slippers to give the gift of relaxation in no time.

The Gift of Choice
According to a recent survey by Sam's Club on holiday cheer, 51 percent of American consumers cite gift cards as the number one last-minute gift -- but you can easily make it more personal. For instance, consider pairing a gift card to your recipient's favorite restaurant with a bottle of champagne or wine and a homemade coupon to babysit the kids for the ultimate date night gift.

Before checking your list, give careful consideration to where you shop. Minimize stress by selecting one or two stores that provide a broad assortment of quality gifts. Major retailers such as Sam's Club also offer a wide selection of convenient gifts under one roof, from baskets and break-apart gift packs to satisfy multiple recipients on your list, to designer jewelry and quality electronics to wow that special someone.

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