You might well be reading this and wondering why on earth Christmas gifts are being talked about – it is February!
However, there are people out there who are organised enough to start thinking about presents for the following year as soon as the festive season is out of the way! We are not going to tell you the must-haves for this year, but we are going to share some tips to help you to choose the perfect gift. No more socks and smelly gift sets this year!
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- Make giving the present an event
Make giving and opening the present an event. This is the perfect opportunity to get creative with the packaging. Instead of wrapping the gift in bog-standard wapping paper and simply handing it to them, thinking about the whole experience as an event – one that they are sure to enjoy.
Never underestimate the sheer pleasure of unwrapping gifts. Think back to your childhood, when you had a pile of presents under the tree – how much did you enjoy unwrapping them? Sometimes, quantity can equate to quality when it comes to a heap of individually wrapped items.
- Give an experience
If making the gift unwrapping an experience isn’t their thing, make the actual present itself an experience. Perhaps their favourite film is the new Cats movie. Why not book them tickets to go and see it live in the theatre? Maybe they have always dreamed of driving a supercar – a driving experience might be right up their street. There are all sorts of experiences and days out that you can plan. Not only they will give them something to look forward to, but it will be something that they remember for the rest of their life.
- What are they interested in?
Create a list of all the things that the individual is interested in and the things that characterise who they are. Make this list as long as possible — spend a good few minutes writing down absolutely anything that comes to mind when you think of that person. Now, brainstorm something to do with every item on that list, big or small. You do not have to give them all those presents, but you are going to hit on some cool ideas that you would not have had otherwise, and when you combine a few of them, they will realise how thoughtful and personal you were. It also gives you gift ideas for future occasions.
- Look to the past
Maybe they enjoyed playing Sonic the Hedgehog on their Sega Megadrive as a child, or were obsessed with their Tamagotchi? When they reminisce about their childhood or of years gone by, what do they talk about? Lots of shops stock retro and vintage gifts now, so it is just a case of doing your research.
- Look for inspiration on the internet.
Around all of the significant gift-giving events of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the internet is chock a block full of gift guides, from The Ultimate Techie Christmas Gift Guide to Things That Every Harry Potter Fan Would Love – and everything in between. Use those as inspiration; they may have links and ideas to things that you would never have otherwise thought of.
- Ask yourself what that person needs.
They might tell you that they do not need anything, but everyone needs something – it is just a case of broader thinking. What does an extremely busy, successful entrepreneur need? ⠀They would probably say ‘more time’. You can’t give them that, obviously, but you can find products and apps that can help them to be more efficient and productive. Do you have a sister training to be a teacher? Put together a survival kit for a student teacher! Thinking more generally will help you get away from your regular, smaller view of that person.
- Stalk them
We don’t mean literally, of course! Many people have a wish list on Amazon, and they are going to be extremely surprised and delighted if you somehow find just what they wanted without asking — and they might even have forgotten that they wanted themselves. Take a look at their Facebook profile for clues.
- Include a little bit of you in the present
Make it personalised in a different way – from you, rather than for them. Create a piece of art, write them a song, knit a scarf – you get the drift. Combine this with one (or more) of the ideas listed that we have listed above for a super personal gift.
- Be charitable
Okay, so your giftee has absolutely everything that they need? Well, we don’t believe you, but it does not matter anyway because there are plenty of people all over the world who do not have everything that they need. Find something that they are genuinely passionate about or involved in and donate to that cause. Maybe they volunteer for a local charity -give some money to that in their name. Dog or cat lover? Donate to save an animal. There are charities out there for just about every great cause from helping children get off the streets, rehabilitate drug addicts, find a cure for cancer and everything else in between. Make a gift to a cause that is important to them in their name.
- Make it about the happy times
Presents of sentimental value or a reference to shared nostalgia will always trump expensive, but ultimately thoughtless gifts. When you gift each other packages made up of lots of little presents, this is the ideal time to show that you are attuned to the special relationship you have and your intertwined experiences. Anything that refers to private jokes, which no one else would get, or unforgettable shared moments, such as holidays and first dates, allows for presents that will be truly appreciated and cherished.
What are your top tips for choosing the perfect gift?
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