In some ways it is easier to buy presents for people whom you know very well because you can pick up the clues much easier. You can subtly try to guide conversations round to the topic of presents and you will overhear what they say to other people. Take advantage of these opportunities but do make a note of the hints and clues that you get so you don't forget them.
On the other hand, buying for those people you know very well, such as your partner, may be more difficult because you may have completely run out of ideas! So ask other people what they think - if it's for your husband or wife, your children will probably be able to come up with some ideas. You may even be able to share a bigger, more lavish present with your children rather than everyone buying one smaller gift.
To get you started, take a look at the Celebrating in Later Life section and you will see many references that provide suggestions for presents. Just click on the ones you think will be helpful and have a look at the wealth of ideas on those pages.
If you would like to help make this Guide even better, either fill in the feedback form or visit our Later Lifestyle Network and tell us any ideas you have. In particular, tell us about the best present you have ever given or the best one you have ever received. We'll then add your ideas to the Guide.
Now read the rest of the Guide by clicking on the links in the box. It will ease the dilemma of trying to choose the perfect present.