If you’ve known and loved somebody for a long time – maybe your spouse or parent, or a sibling for whom you want to do something special – you may have considered a large gift at Christmas you think they would love. It’s not uncommon to offer a piece of furniture as a gift, particularly if the beneficiary has recently purchased a new home and hasn’t completely furnished it. Buying a rug as a Christmas gift isn’t unheard of, either, and offers you a good opportunity to learn how rugs are used to complement a room’s decor and keep a floor protected in high traffic areas. If you know somebody who could use a rug for a living room or den, why not make it your gift this year?
You may be hesitant to buy a rug, thinking that the beneficiary won’t like the style or design you have purchased. Maybe, too, you’re afraid of buying something too large or too small, which results in a return or exchange hassle. Well, you don’t necessarily have to have the actual rug rolled with a ribbon and bow underneath the tree. There are ways to give your gift without risking disappointment or problems with placement.
First, check with speciality rug stores willing to produce a gift certificate you can give for Christmas. If you’re concerned about revealing the amount of money you plan to spend, you can create your own certificate maked “Good for One Rug” for the room of their choice. After you’ve presented it, offer to take the gift’s recipient shopping.
Now, if your recipient knows in advance that you plan to give a rug (it’s been done. my husband and I often spoil our gifts) you may have it easier. Ask for preferences on color and style, and if your recipient will allow you take a photo of the room where the rug will be placed. This way, you can bring the picture to the store and get ideas on the rug that will best suit the decor. Speciality rug and carpet stores have interior designers on hand to assist you. Once you have the right rug selected, you can arrange to have it delivered.
Giving a rug to a loved one for Christmas is one way to help somebody beautify a home. It is a practical and luxurious gift, one that could become a family heirloom if you buy an antique. Consider a rug this year for somebody in your family or a friend in need of one.