We are coming up to that point in the year where we are thinking about and purchasing lots of gifts. Father’s Day is almost upon us, and we are smack bang in the middle of wedding season. Very soon, we will be thinking about the end of the school year gifts for teachers, exam success gifts, graduation gifts, and before we know it, the Christmas shopping season will be thrust upon us, and we will be receiving parcel delivery after parcel delivery. To give you a heads start in your shopping for these events, we have put together some tips to help you choose the perfect gift for someone that you love.
1. It is all about them, not you. This is the most important thing to remember. It is all too easy to look at something that we would love for ourselves and assume they would love it as well, but that is rarely the case. Make a list of all the things the person is interested in and things that define who they are. Make this list as long as you can—spend at least a couple of minutes writing down as many things as you can. Now brainstorm something to go with every item on that list, small or big. By doing this, you will hit on a few good ideas which you can then really tailor to the giftee.
2. Do a bit of stalking. If the above fails, stalk. Lots of people have a wishlist on Amazon, and they will be pretty surprised and delighted if you somehow found just the thing they wanted without even asking—and that they may have even forgotten they wanted themselves. If there is nothing there, have a mooch through their Facebook history for clues or think back to conversations you have had in the past.
3. Go window shopping with them. Take them shopping with you and see what they look at it or pick up. That way, you will get an idea of anything that catches their eye, even if it something they have never expressed a wish for in the past.
4. Give a bit of yourself. Make it personal in a different way—personalized from you rather than for them. Create a piece of art, write a song, knit a scarf—you get the idea. Combine this with one (or more) of the above suggestions for an ultra-personal and unique gift.
5. Look to their past. Have they mentioned something they loved as a child, or perhaps somewhere they went in the past that they would like to revisit again? As we get older and can buy ourselves the things we need, there can be a lot to be said about presents that evoke strong (happy!) memories from the past and nostalgic toys and items to help us relieve our childhood.
6. Experiences matter. If you are struggling to buy them a physical item, why not buy an experience for them? There are plenty of websites that sell experience days for all sorts of tastes, from car racing to hot air balloons, spa days to makeover and photo shoots. You don’t even have to buy an experience – you could create one. An afternoon tea picnic on the beach or a homecooked special meal can be just as meaningful as any commercial experience.
7. Donate to a charitable cause. If all else fails and you really can’t think of something that they would want or need, donate to a charitable cause in their name. Perhaps they are an animal lover – give some money to a local dogs trust or pet rehoming centre. Maybe they have lost a close family member to cancer – choose a charity that supports cancer hospices to donate to.
8. Make the present an event. If you have spent hours searching for the perfect gift, do not just give it to them wrapped in paper. Make the process of giving and receiving the gift fun for both you and the receiver. If they like puzzles and escape room type scenarios, can you send them on a scavenger hunt with clues hidden to find their present at the end? If you are giving them a gift card, can you make them crack a code to get the code off the voucher to use? Never underestimate the fun that can be had in unwrapping a simple gift. Just make it creative!
By following some of these tips, you will pick the perfect gift that the receiver loves getting and you love giving.
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