Tips to Find the Perfect Gifts for Your Loved Ones
Do you find yourself walking into a shop to buy your favorite person a present, and then getting completely lost as you gaze upon shelves full of options? You’re not alone. Most people face this sort of panic because they are not practiced in the art of gift giving. If you want to be an expert gift giver, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll go over the top tricks and tips you need in order to find the perfect presents for your loved ones.
1. Know the person you’re buying for - study their habits
The best perosnliazed gift givers always study their subjects closely. No, this does ot mean you go around stalking them. It means listening to their wants and needs closely while they talk, so you can discern exactly what they want as a gift from you. It means noticing the kinds of things they buy for themselves, the stuff they decorate their house or their room with. It means observing what they shop for when they are in the mall or in other market places. When you start to notice the patterns, you’ll know exactly what to buy.
2. Consider what they like to give as gifts
You may not suspect this, but one of the biggest indicators of what someone wants lies in their own gift-giving habits. Human psychology dictates that we end up gifting the things that we ourselves would like to receive. Because of this, most people end up being bad gift-givers, because they're thinking about themselves and not about others. If you’ve been keeping up though, you’ll already be focusing on the other person rather than yourself. Try to ask them what gifts they've given out to others recently, and what kind of things they usually buy for their loved ones. Through these simple questions, you can find out more about their wants and desires.
3. Social media holds all answers
If you’re trying to get to know a person well enough to know what they want as a gift, social media is one of the best tools that you can use. As human beings, we end up sharing a lot of ourselves on our online platforms. Through a person's Instagram, for example, you may end up finding out what they like and what they really want as a present. You can even scroll through their “likes” on facebook and see exactly which products they've been looking at, and may wish to receive.
4. When in doubt, ask a mutual friend
Chances are that you’ve already come up with a gift idea while reading. Or perhaps you’re still pondering, but the more you think about it, the more confused you get. A simple fix for this problem is to consult someone who knows the receiver well. It could be a spouse, siblings, parents, or friends of theirs. Getting them to double check your gift idea can save a lot of hassle. You can get a gift that the receiver truly desires.
5. Think of their wants and desires, not what you think they need
A common rookie mistake is to assume that a person needs something, and getting it for them. This ties into the point that we made in the last paragraph - people think of themselves when buying gifts rather than thinking of the other person. If someone really needs something, they will buy it themselves. They will not, however, splurge on something unnecessary, no matter how badly their heart desires it. Therefore, the best gift is that which a person wants but would never buy on their own.
6. Go for the sentimental over the superficial
The easiest thing you can do is walk into a gift store and buy the first expensive item you lay your hands on. This does not, however, make that item a good gift. Good gifts are defined by the meaning and effort that's put into them. Intricate gift baskets containing multiple food items that someone enjoys are considered to be a good gift, because there's a lot of planning, thought, and effort that goes into making them. Compare that with an ordinary present like clothing or perfume, and the gift loses some of its charm. Try to dig deep into your relationship with the gift-receiver, until you come up with a gift that has good memories attached with it.
7. A touch of personalization always helps
Even generic gifts can be made unique by personalizing them. Some really amazing personalization options are available online. For example, you can get personalized portraits for your loved ones. You can get yourself and your loved ones drawn as caricatures on personalized wall hangings. You can even get personalized wall clocks, potted plants, and bookmarks.
Whether you're shopping for your partner, best friend, boss, colleague, or fiance, we are certain that you will have found a suitable present after going through this list.