We all know the boost that gift giving can give us – that little charge of happiness which feels far better than receiving ever could. When we give someone a gift, we hope to show kindness and consideration, and effectively give them a little piece of ourselves. We spend a lot of time thinking about what to get someone and we hope for the payoff of their joy in pleasurable anticipation. But there is one small catch. Before we get to the part where they’re peeling off the paper, looking utterly delighted, there can be a whole lot of stress to get through. Finding that perfect present can be really hard, whether it’s your office Secret Santa who you have nothing in common with, elder siblings who already seem to have it all, or children who change their minds so quickly on the latest must-have. So how do you get it right and ensure your gift hits the mark?
Make A List Of Who Your Recipient Is
If you’re really stuck on what to buy someone and you want to make it good, it can be worth the time to list out who that person really is, what they love in life and what defines who they are in order to come up with some ideas. What does that person really love? Where have they travelled to? What obscure interests do they have that could give you a way in – the more unique the better, from being mad about birdwatching to playing Satta Matka or being a video games enthusiast. After all, it’s personal details which make a gift relevant and special, so the more niche you can go with what they’re into, the better. A lot of marketplaces now let you filter products by interest online in order to find the perfect match for your Harry Potter obsessed niece or that uncle who considers themselves a wine connoisseur.
Use The Past
Something about coming home for the holidays can make us feel really nostalgic, so it stands to reason that the past can be a rich source of inspiration for gifting. There’s something about capturing that one special or sentimental object that sums up the past that has really magic in it. It could be taking a photograph of a special time and having it blown up into a personalised canvas print to keep a precious memory as part of the everyday present. Or it could be about sourcing that one edible treat or toy that sums up someone’s childhood. A show they dearly loved like Friends or a character they were mad about like Sailor Moon can provoke a strong emotional reaction as it takes them back in time for an instant – plus things like retro movie memorabilia are easily sourced online these days.
Go For An Experience
Creating an experience can be an excellent gift if other ideas are failing you – plus a lot of people feel as though the material excess of Christmas is getting too much. A neat way to get round this is to find an experience that perfectly suits the recipient – from a Thai cookery class to a session driving supercars, through to tickets to see that show they’ve mentioned or an annual pass to a family attraction like the zoo or local museum, these gifts are also banking future memories and enable you to spend time together, so they really are the gift that keeps on giving.