Ideas for Christmas shopping

By Supanee Na Songkhla,The Nation Asia News Network

BANGKOK, The Nation Asia News Network–Are you one of those people who don’t know what gifts to buy friends and family this New Year? Here are some ideas on where to shop and what to buy in shopping malls and department stores. At this time of year, many shops are offering great bargains. If you look carefully you can find brands offering discounts of 70 percent or more. However, the first thing you need to ask yourself before buying Christmas gifts is: How much do you plan to spend and who do you plan to give to? Charnchai Wongthanakorn, managing director of BIHC Trading, said under-25s might have a slightly lower budget than those aged 26 and over because of their lower incomes. Charnchai said gifts for men worth considering were electrical goods such as mobile phones, tablet PCs, digital cameras and MP4 players. Goods with 3D technology and personal computers are also recommended this season, added chief merchandising officer of The Mall Group, Jakkrit Keeratichokchaikun. The Mall Group’s general manager for merchandising, Cherngchai Poobaviranon, said vintage watches and sports fashion made good men’s gifts as well. As for ladies, Charnchai said watches were a good option this year. Malinee Subboriboon, The Mall Group’s senior chief merchandising officer, suggested perfect gifts for women included perfume, skincare gift sets and makeup gift sets. For children, piggy banks and imported snacks and chocolates are recommended, Charnchai said. If you are not giving the gift to any particular person, you might consider home decoration goods such as lamps and pretty candlesticks to decorate the dining table. Santa Claus dolls and other dolls related to Christmas are also worth considering, said Charnchai. He added that if the person you are giving to lives in an apartment or condominium then think about adding small gifts such as picture frames and small lamps.