When the Christmas parties start, it’s a perfect opportunity to play detective. Pay attention to the details in the homes of friends and relatives. This will make things much easier when it’s time to buy gifts.
Keep a notebook with a section for each of those hard-to-buy-for people. Are their tastes modern, antique, eclectic, crafty? What colors do they like? Also, be sure to write down what you get for them this year, so you can keep track for next year. It’s really embarrassing to buy the same thing for someone 2 years in a row (been there, done that).