There is always somebody in your family or friendship who is renowned for giving gifts that just don’t cut the mustard; while we are taught from a young age that it’s the thought that counts, it is a hard pill to swallow when there appears to have been no thought given. Do not be that person. Here are some tips on how to buy a great gift.
Giving gifts is an art form, and requires forward planning and thought. When you get your new calendar, as soon as you have it in your hands, write in it all the birthdays and anniversaries that require either a card and/or present. Do not be caught out by birthdays that fall at the start of the month that you will not be aware of until you turn to that month: write a warning in the previous week so that you can be prepared.
By planning, you can avoid last minute and usually costly purchases. There is little more frustrating than coming up with an ideal gift and then not being able to get hold of it in time – this usually leads to buying a less thoughtful gift that is invariably more expensive than what you intended to spend.
How do you choose the perfect gift?
In our digital age, thankfully, there are usually ways and means to find out what the recipient is keen on. If your friend or relative has a Pinterest account, you must thank your lucky stars. Have a look on their page, and see what they are currently into. You will be surprised at the variety of things that people have liked, and you are sure to see something within your budget.
Not a Pinterest user? Fear not, have a look on their Facebook page. Go to the about section and scroll down to their likes, music and sports. There you will see before you a list of their entertainment tastes. You will be able to pick up some theater tickets, and be able to join them for a memorable night out.
Remember the gift is for them – not you
It may pain you to buy something that you see no value in, but the gift is not yours to keep. Sometimes you have to go out of your comfort zone. You will find that these purchases force you to explain to the person on check out ‘it’s for my Mom’. Don’t worry, these feelings will pass once you have gift wrapped it and got it out of your sight. Take comfort in the fact that the recipient will be touched that your needs were temporarily placed below theirs.
Sometimes less is more
You do not have to give a very extravagant gift to show the recipient that you love or like them. The gesture of giving suggests a level of affection in any case. There are times when an over extravagant gift causes the recipient embarrassment – they may not be able to reciprocate the dollar value, or they may not feel that the value of the present is equal to the value of the relationship you have. For example, a new friend may be put off by a pair of Tiffany earrings when you have only known her a few months. Choosing a hilarious card can often be more appreciated than an inappropriate gift.