Gift-giving is fun, but it can also be a little frustrating when you just can’t decide what to give. Get your holiday shopping done early this year using our five tips to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Tune In to Their Personality
The ones you’re shopping for have fabulous personalities (otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be worried about what you give them). What’s that personality like? Are they adventurous? Look for a gift that gives them something new to try.
How about the friend who has that amazing whiskey collection? With so many different kinds of whiskey on the market, you can find some great gifts out there for whiskey lovers. They may think they have it all with their extensive collection of spirits, so surprise them with something unique.
You get the idea. The perfect gift is written in their personality. You’ve just got to look closely.
Decide on Needs or Wants
Have a conversation with the people on your gift list. While talking, try to find out what their current needs and wants are. Sure, a new toaster may sound boring, but if they’ve recently lost their job and really need one, they’d love that as a gift. On the other hand, most people tend to be bad at buying the things we want when we have needs to take care of. So another option is to make it fun and get something on their extravagant “want” list.
If someone is particularly special in your life or you know them really well, personalize a gift for them. Did you meet at a particular place that you both often refer to with fond memories? If so, a framed picture of that place is a sentimental, thoughtful gift.
Photo frames, jewelry, and glassware with a unique engraving make for a personalized gift for the sentimental friends and family on your list.
Consider a Special Event
The perfect gift isn’t always something you can wrap up. Events as a gift are a great surprise and usually get a grateful response. Fun events might be concerts, plane tickets to a fun destination, or tickets to see their favorite sporting event.
When you’re really stuck, one of the best tips for finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list is to brainstorm ideas. Simply grab a notebook and a pen, then write down everyone’s names for the gift list.
Next to each name, write down all the ideas that come to mind, even if they don’t make sense. Then, go back and start scratching off ideas until you see the one that really works. Brainstorming works well, and you may be surprised at how quickly you get some great ideas flowing.
No matter how you choose a gift, it truly is the thought that counts. When you put some thought into a person’s present, it shows to the one who receives it.