Whether you’ve struggled to find a gift for someone on your list or completely forgotten about someone altogether, finding a gift late in the Christmas season can be a cause for panic. But the solution to finding the right gift might be as simple as choosing something they likely wear every day of winter.
Winter coats can make great last-minute gifts for the special people in your life. You just need to keep the following considerations in mind when choosing the perfect coat.
Will the person on your last-minute gift list be wearing their new coat for running errands or for running the slopes at the ski hill? Will they be building snowmen with their kids, or building skyscrapers at work? You’ll want to consider questions like this before purchasing a coat as a gift. If it is just intended to be a general, all-purpose coat, choose a coat that can be used for a variety of purposes. For example, one that is wind- and water-resistant and can be worn for anything may get more use than one that doesn’t provide the same protection against the elements.
Do a little research before you purchase a coat for someone other than yourself. If you found out that your daughter will be spending a semester abroad in Switzerland, for example, don’t assume that she’ll be climbing the Alps in subzero temperatures and will, therefore, need the thickest and warmest of coats. In contrast, she might simply want a versatile fleece jacket for milder temperatures. Consider what she’ll be doing there and what the average temperature will be instead of assuming it’s always a winter wonderland.
A raincoat is a fun gift to receive, especially if you live in a damper climate. Even if your recipient already has a raincoat, it is nice to mix it up a bit and wear one color or style one day and a completely different one the next. Raincoats can make great gifts as they are available in different lengths, colors, and styles offering various levels of warmth.
Nobody wants to gift a present of poor quality, and this is especially true of a winter coat. Things to consider in shopping for a high-quality coat include its warmth factor, durability, and ease of laundering. Think about your recipient’s lifestyle as well. For example, if you have a son who is very active outdoors, he may appreciate a coat like a classic squall jacket that he can wear without worrying about ripping or staining it. Or if the temperatures are mild, men’s down vests are great for adding warmth but still allowing for better mobility.
It’s a great feeling to receive a gift that you wouldn’t otherwise justify buying on your own. Keep this in mind when shopping for the people on your list. Don’t give up on a gift just because they don’t need it–get it because they want it. Something like a women's wool coat makes a great gift since it is dressy and timeless. They are also very warm and can be very flattering in their fit.
Even the best coat can end up never being worn if you buy it in a color the recipient doesn’t like. Don’t assume you know your recipient’s favorite shades. For example, your daughter may have loved bubble-gum pink when she was growing up, but that doesn’t mean she still does. Do a little research before shopping to help you choose the right color. This could involve checking out their current wardrobe or spying on their social media feeds to see if they tend to wear certain colors in any of their photos.
If you want to add a little something special, consider gifting them some matching cold-weather accessories like a hat, scarf, gloves, or mittens. This is especially true if the coat is of a color they don’t typically wear. Your gift recipient is more likely to appreciate their new coat if they don’t have to wear it with a mismatched hat and pair of mittens.
Ultimately, the best winter coats to gift are the ones that your recipient will love wearing during the frosty season. In other words, don’t choose a coat for someone based on what you like; you should be considering their taste instead. By keeping all this in mind, you’re likely to give them an attractive yet useful gift that they’ll find themselves wearing all season long.