Ah, the season of giving! Is there anything better than people showing how much they care for each other by exchanging gifts? It gives you and the people in your life a chance to show each other how grateful you are to have each other in your lives and take the time to make each other really happy. Of course, however, joyful the moment of actually exchanging gifts can be, there’s no denying that the period leading up to it can be an incredibly stressful and difficult one. After all, not only do you have to navigate all of the other people trying to find gifts for their loved ones this time of year, but you’ve also got to figure out what you actually want to get for the people in your life. There are few things in life more difficult than trying to track down the perfect gift. As much as you know there shouldn’t be, it’s hard not to feel an immense amount of pressure to find the perfect gift that someone will treasure for the rest of their lives! That kind of pressure can make life pretty difficult when you’re actually trying to find something. However, just because it can be a challenge to find the right gift, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do in order to make the whole process just that little bit easier. With that in mind, here are a few different ways that you can figure out what the perfect gift would be for someone in your life. That way you can avoid the stress of the season and get on with actually enjoying it!
Know their interests
If you want to find the right gift for someone, then it usually needs to be something that is tailored specifically to them. If you just go out and buy something generic that you can give to everyone in your life, people can usually tell. Instead, think about the things that the person in your life actually cares about and build their gift around it. Are they something of a film buff? Well, then why not get them a framed print of their favorite movie? Or maybe they’re a hockey nut, in which case you might be able to get them some Bauer hockey equipment. This might seem like the simplest thing in the world, but a lot of the time it can really help to think carefully about someone’s interests and then work backwards from there when it comes to trying to find the best possible gift for them.
Think about their circumstances
Of course, it’s important to remember that people’s lives are constantly changing and the gift that you give to them should reflect that. If someone’s given up on their sporting dreams because of an injury, then buying them some new equipment could be awkward at best and pretty insulting at worst. Personal circumstances can also give you a great opportunity to give someone a gift that they might not normally want but that fits into their lives incredibly well. If someone in your life is having a baby then why not help them embrace that in a festive way with some holiday maternity tops? Or maybe they’ve started, and new job and you want to show support. Then why not get them a gift that somehow relates back to their job in a way that’s funny and shows how much you care and support them. Not only does this add an extra layer to the thought that you’ve put into a gift, but it shows that you’re taking an active interest in their life in a way that can often really mean a lot to people.
Of course, if you want to add an extra layer of care and effort to any gift, instead of going out to a store, or simply ordering it online, why not make them something. There are a bunch of different advantages to doing this. For one thing, the fact that you’ve invested a great deal of time and effort into the gift will show through and that can often be the thing that your loved one finds the most moving. Not only that but if you’ve made them something, then it’s going to be totally unique. Think about the things that you’re good at and try to base your gift on those skills. Are you a great writer? Then something like a heartfelt letter or poem is a simple but incredibly effective gift. Or if you’re more of a hands-on kind of person, being able to give someone a piece of art that you did yourself is going to be incredibly resonant with them.
Find out what they actually need
The idea of giving someone a “useful” present might seem a little bit boring to some people, but the truth is that’s one of the best ways that you can be sure that someone is really going to appreciate the gift that they’ve been given. Sure, luxury items or novelties can be great as far as gifts go, but giving someone something that they actually need is one of the best ways to make sure that they are really going to get something out of it. Remember, as long as you’re putting in the right amount of effort needed to make sure that your gift is specific to the person you’re giving it to; there’s no such thing as a boring gift. If you can give someone something that they really need, they are certain to appreciate more than something that they don’t really have any use for.
Give it emotional value
If you really want to make sure that your gift is a winner, one of the best things that you can do is to make sure that it’s informed by the relationship that you both have. Think about your history together and the things that you’ve shared and gone through. By using those things to inform the kind of gift that you get, you’re going to be sure that it’s going to be something genuinely moving. The gifts that represent people’s relationships are almost always the ones that they end up holding onto for the longest.
People can always tell if you’ve given them a generic gift that could have been for anyone else. Sure, the idea of buying something general and giving it to everyone might save you a lot of time and effort, but that’s just going to make it so that no one really cares that much about what you get them. If you really want the gift that you give to have an impact on someone then why not make an effort to give them something personal. Even if you find a gift that’s not specific to them, there are plenty of things that you can do to personalize it. Whether you use it to make reference to something specific in their life or perhaps using their name or initials to add an extra layer of specific personalization to a gift that might otherwise not have that much to do with them. It’s a small touch, but it really can make a pretty significant difference.
Look in unusual places
It can sometimes feel as though you’re struggling to find the right kind of gift because everything that you find feels kind of obvious and predictable. One of the most common reasons that this ends up happening is because people are looking in the same old places over and over again. If you only buy gifts from the same few places over and over, then, of course, it’s going to start to feel as though your selection is somewhat limited. If that’s the case for you then why not look just a little further afield in some slightly more unusual places. The internet is great for this because there are almost always a few funny little corners of the web where you can find things that you never expected. Not only does this greatly increase your chances of finding the right gift for someone specific, but it can often help you find some truly unique and unusual gifts that are almost certain to have a pretty significant impact on whoever you give them to. Sure, looking in the same old familiar places might feel safe, but if you do, then you’re much less likely to find anything interesting.
It might sound kind of cliched and hackneyed to say this, but the old saying that “it’s the thought that counts” really is worth remembering. Don’t let things like price weigh you down too much. The truth is that people can feel the thought that you put into a gift the moment that they open it. The fact that you’re feeling stressed and worried about finding the right gift is probably a good sign that you’re on the right track. After all, if finding a gift was easy, it’s probably a sign that you didn’t care that much about getting it right in the first place.