When it comes to buying gifts for people, finding something we know they will truly appreciate can be difficult. Money is tight around the festive season, with the average American spending around $830 on gifts around Christmas. So it can be frustrating and disappointing if we know we are giving a gift that has been bought in a last minute rush. It can also be pretty obvious when this happens, whether you are the gift-giver or if you are on the receiving end. This is why it’s important to get gifts for people that you know they will value, and also ones that will stand the test of time. A great idea for this Christmas is to look into whether any of your friends or family collect anything in particular. People who collect certain items tend to commit religiously to the cause, so adding to their collection can be a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for them over the festive period. Here are some of the top things people collect, so you can provide a great present for the collector in your life!
Stamp collecting has been around for hundreds of years – since the first correspondences started. Even though we are now living in a digital age where the art of letter writing is dying out, stamp collecting is still popular – especially among the older generation. It is a popular pastime for many reasons – it can take the collector all around the world simply by looking at their collection book. It is also an affordable hobby to have, meaning that collectors are not restricted by money. Source some exotic stamps for your stamp collecting family member, or even gift them with a fancy bound book for them to keep their stamps in.
Collecting banknotes is an extremely popular pastime, one that is undertaken by millions of people all around the world. It is known professionally as notaphily, and people who practice it are known as notaphilists. Notaphily refers to only paper money, so coins are not accepted. It is believed that people have been building up their collections since the first paper bank notes were created. They are kept in folders or books, and are graded based on their condition. If you want to surprise the notaphilist in your life, why not get them a special note, such as a Zimbabwe Trillion Dollar Bill? A note such as this will hold a special place in their collection and it’s something they can keep for years to come.
Gemstones and crystals
In terms of the different items that people collect across the world, gemstones and crystals fall pretty high on the list. Individuals collect them for different reasons. For some people, they are spiritual items and are believed to bring them good luck, plus a whole hoard of other qualities. For others, they simply look beautiful and are nice ornaments to display around the home. If you know someone who collects gemstones, you’re in luck – as many of them are mass produced and therefore relatively cheap to buy. But if you really want to make a statement, invest a large piece of amethyst for them – it makes a stunning centerpiece.