Gift giving is ingrained in our culture. We give gifts in all sorts of social situations. Generally, we will succumb to societal pressures to give gifts on occasions that come around on the same date each and every year: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, anniversaries … the list goes on. Then there are occasions that mark a milestone in individuals’ lives, such as christenings, engagements, weddings, graduation, and for a housewarming. These are just a few examples of some of the times when you might consider handing over a gift to someone. Sometimes, we just give gifts for the sake of it, because we want to show someone our appreciation for the role they play in our lives. With so many opportunities, it can often become difficult to plan the perfect gift. What we purchase and wrap up will depend entirely on the recipient. So, here are a few ideas to ensure that you hit the nail on the head every single time!
Generally speaking, your partner should be easier to buy for than anyone. You spend a lot of time around them which allows you to get to know their exact loves and hates. You are also around a lot more to receive hints and tips. Sometimes, you will be comfortable enough with one another to say exactly what you want. But it’s always a good idea to go further than the call of duty when it comes to gift giving with your partner. Even if you’ve secured them the main gift that they haven’t stopped going on about for the past few months, you should always consider an extra little something where possible. This doesn’t necessarily have to be of monetary value. It should be more sentimental. Make it something useful that will make their day to day life easier and more comfortable. If you argue about who’s going to turn the light out at night, wrap them up a nice lamp for the bedside table. If they’ve been complaining about being bored on their commute, get them a kindle with a digital copy of their favourite book already downloaded and installed. These may be things that your partner may never have considered asking for, but they will get plenty of use and will be greatly appreciated.
People You Don’t Know Very Well
Buying a gift for someone you don’t know very well may sound bizarre and unlikely, but chances are that you’ll experience this odd situation once every so often. Think about it. Perhaps you’ll be attending a celebration event with a friend or partner. It’s polite to buy the individual who is being celebrated a present, but if you don’t know them personally, what are you to do? Well, here are a few sage pieces of advice. First, keep things simple. You don’t want to spend too much, and you don’t need to. Second, avoid any slightly controversial items. You know neither the person’s beliefs nor past experience, so avoid things like alcohol. Thirdly, bear in mind that you also don’t know their dietary requirements or preferences. Food and drink are surprisingly tricky, as the individual may avoid certain food types (did you know that vegetarians and vegans can’t consume many sweets containing gelatin), be allergic to certain food types, or intolerant of certain food types. Keep things simple, sweet and neutral: flowers, a classic novel, or a high-quality notebook should be greeted with thanks and smile.
Corporate gift giving is on the rise and for good reason. Of course, you’re not going to send gifts to every customer you deal with. But if you have large scale clients who you hope will return time and time again, offering gifts can keep your brand fresh in their mind alongside positive associations. If you’re planning on striking a deal with a potential client, a gift can be an ice breaker, opening the doors of communication of an extremely agreeable foot. If they haven’t been around for a while or have been lured away by competition, an impressive gift can help them to remember that your company exists and bring them back in. Alternatively, gift-giving ahead of this situation can prevent them from straying in the first place! So, what can you send? Well, corporate gift baskets are almost always a good way to go. They are carefully arranged so that their presence makes a lasting impression. Choose options with branded goods. Your customers will recognise the products, trust in their quality, and know their worth, so will appreciate the gesture just that little more! These are also a brilliant option if you’re looking for a gift to send to a business partner. While they may seem like an expense and can dip into your profits, they will generally bring more money back in in return through deals and sales. So they’re more than worth it!
The Person Who Has Everything
We’re all familiar with at least one person who seems to have absolutely everything that they could possibly want. There could be a few different reasons for them seeming to have obtained pretty much everything that they like. Perhaps they have a lot of money, so have the means to just buy what they want as and when they begin to desire it. Perhaps they don’t have as many responsibilities or outgoings as your average person, so have a little more disposable income. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t change the fact that they are extremely difficult to cater to when it comes to occasions where you want to give them something memorable. To best deal with this situation, you should always remember that not all gifts have to be tangible objects. You can give the gift of experience instead! Recent studies in the area have actually found that experiential gifts offer longer lasting happiness to the recipient than items. So feel free to use some of these ideas for anyone you love, not just the person who has everything! Some inspiring options include the gift of language learning, virtual reality, travel, discovery, music lessons, a film, or extreme sports. Another option for those who seem to have everything could be the realm of personalised gifts. Nowadays, you can get pretty much anything personalised. Pens, glasses, mugs, books, socks… the list goes on and on. So find something that they are renowned for enjoying and have their name quite literally printed on it.
Now, those who don’t have an affinity with animals may raise their eyebrows at this one, but chances are that if you have a pet, you will have definitely bought them some sort of gift in the past, or have at least considered it. Cats and dogs are the most likely to be gifted and while your four-legged companion may not understand the concept behind the gift-giving, they will more than likely appreciate whatever it is that they are handed. Generally, edible goods tend to go down well. Almost every feline friend or faithful pooch will gladly chow down on tasty treats. Toys rarely go amiss too. You will know your pet best and can choose the best toy to meet their personal preferences! Some will love balls, others will prefer soft toys. You can even get pet subscription boxes nowadays. These will be delivered once a month and be packed to the brim with snacks, toys, and practical pet products that your animal will absolutely adore!
While serious situations shouldn’t be made light of, there are certain situations where a friend may be feeling a little down in the dumps and you want to give them a pick me up. Perhaps they’ve gone through a breakup, lost their job, or are just having a bit of a hard time. Generally, the best gift you can give in these types of situation will be your time, snacks, and distraction. When possible, turn up with a bottle of their favourite drink in hand, some of their favourite edible treats or a takeaway and perhaps a movie, pack of cards. You can talk things over and put the world’s wrongs to right together. Ever heard of talking therapy? Sometimes a problem shared really is a problem halved. They’ll really appreciate you being there for them in their time of need! If you can’t make their acquaintance in person, send a card. This will act as the perfect pick me up when it arrives, painting a smile on their face.
Chances are that you’ve had to get gifts for all of these individuals in the past and chances are that you’re going to have to get them again at some point down the line. Hopefully, this comprehensive guide will come in useful when the time comes! While it’s always best to go with your gut feeling about what to buy and what to avoid with your gift giving, having a few preliminary ideas like these in the back of your mind really can make the decision easier.