Let’s Talk: Gift Guides 2016
Nov 30, 2016
Each holiday season, my daily blog reading is overcome by gift guides. While some are helpful and fun, the prevalence of poorly edited 30-item guides, fully sponsored guides, and ones with clickbait-y titles like ‘Gifts for the Outdoorsy Modern Man’ and ‘The Feminist Girl Boss Wishlist’ has really turned me off this year. But since December starts tomorrow (eek!), I thought I would just ask you ladies what type of gift guides you find most (or least) helpful.
In past years, I’ve handled gift guides in a variety of ways. Some years, I crafted the traditional collages filled with subject or recipient specific items. Sometimes, I crafted guides based on price point. And one year, I posted a single gift idea at the end of each work day.
My friend Meghan, built her gift guides as a list this year. There’s always the traditional collage. Or I could build them using photo widgets featuring snaps of each item, like in this post on Shopstyle.
Beyond format, what kind of gifts do you need help with? Co-workers and friends are always popular Ask Belle subjects. I also have emails asking for boyfriend gifts and sibling gifts. And each year, there’s at least one post filled with inexpensive White Elephant/Secret Santa gifts.
It seems silly of me to spend hours crafting gift guides that may not help anyone find good gifts. So leave your thoughts in the comments about which formats work best and who or what you’re shopping for this season.