Getting Into The Gift-Giving Good Books

It’s that time of year again, when the festive adverts appear on TV, and the aisles are packed with gift ideas, decorations, and all the seasonal treats imaginable. If you’re a fan of getting things done early and avoiding last-minute shopping stress, now is the time to start ticking those names off the list and putting presents away ready for Christmas morning. If you’re keen to get into the good books this year, here are some golden rules to follow.

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Take yourself out of the equation

You may want to treat yourself to a gift or two this Christmas, but when you’re looking for inspiration for others, take yourself out of the equation. Focus solely on that person’s interests and look for items or ideas that will appeal to them. Don’t buy a bag for your sister that you love if you have a completely different sense of style. Concentrate on finding something that they would pick out if they were there shopping with you.

Go for want over need

On Christmas Day, you don’t really want to tear open the paper to reveal a collection of essential items for the house, garden or car. Christmas is a time when we can spoil the people we love, so go for gifts that your loved ones would want, rather than things they need. You want to see a beaming smile when they open their present.

Channel their passions

Shopping for other people can be difficult, but you can make life a lot easier by channeling their passions and hobbies. How do they like to spend their time? What do they spend their money on? If you’ve got a fashionable man in your life, why not buy some new jeans, take a look at Dickies jackets or add to their sneaker collection? If your mom loves cooking, invest in a new gadget for the kitchen, a recipe book or some baking classes. If your dad is into sport, browse autobiography titles, book some tickets to a game or order a customized shirt or track top.

Get more for your money

For the majority of us, Christmas is the most expensive time of the year. Typically, the average American spends up to $900 on gifts alone. If you’re keen to buy brilliant gifts without breaking the bank, set a budget in advance, start buying presents early and shop around to get the best deals. At this time of year, you’ll find that retailers offer discounts and flash sales to try and outdo competitors. If you’re not already signed up to discount shopping sites or you haven’t subscribed to the mailing lists of your favorite stores, do this now, and you could save a fortune on your shopping.

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Christmas is coming, and it’s always a good idea to try and plan ahead. While shopping under pressure on Christmas Eve can be exhilarating, most of us would rather have our feet up in front of the fire. Use your loved ones’ interests and passions to get inspiration, shop around for great deals and offers, and try and put your own taste and style to one side.

Giving The Gift Of A Break From Work

Gift giving can be one of the hardest social challenges for a person to overcome. From knowing how much to spend on people, to figuring out which of the thousands of options could be best for them, there’s a lot of work to do. Of course, along with being hard, this sort of thing can also be a lot of fun. To help you achieve this in your gift giving, this post will be going through someone of the best gifts you can possibly give; time off. There are loads of ways you can do this, and this is here to help you out.

 

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  • Stage One: Choose The Gift

 

To begin, you may be wondering how you could possibly give someone the gift of time off. In reality, this isn’t possible, and you can’t magic leave out of thin air for them. But, you can still force them to take a break themselves. With a simple booking and some invites, you could make a time-off situation they won’t want to avoid. Below, you can find some good examples of the types of break a lot of people will pick.

  • Most people have a hobby or interest which can be made into a day. When you’re looking for gifts for men who have everything or for awkward family members who are hard to please, an experience day can be a great gift. Inviting someone to go racing on their favorite track, on a day with their best-loved animals, or anything else related to their hobbies, you’ll be on the right track.
  • Of course, for those closest to you, this sort of gift may not feel like enough to make the most of the time they have. A short break in another city or country can solve this issue for you. Offering the chance to experience another culture and lifestyle, this sort of gift will be impossible to refuse. This is perfect when it feels like work is consuming your other half.
  • Finally, as the last idea on this list, you could think about imparting some knowledge as your present to someone close to you. Most people have aspirations which go further than their work. By giving someone admission to a weekend course, you could be the catalyst for great things in the field they love, and it’s just a matter of choosing the right one.

 

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  • Stage Two: Planning

 

Once you have your gift in mind, you’ll have to do some planning to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Below, you can find some good examples of the areas you should be considering before you get booked up. Don’t waste time here, though, as a lot of the gifts in this area have to be chosen ahead of time.

  • The date is one of the first things you should be picking when you’re choosing this sort of gift. It is best to have the date be as close to the event you’re celebrating as possible, as this will help to tie them together. Along with this, it’s also wise to make sure you leave enough time for vacation time to be booked off, especially if your recipient is going to be gone for a few days.
  • Even if you don’t go with them to the gift they get sent for, you should still think about transport and logistics throughout their experience. You should plan their route to and from the gift, along with things like food for during the day, and even some extra activities for them to try. Of course, though, it’s also a good idea to give them a little bit of freedom.

 

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  • Stage Three: A Subtle Invite

 

With a gift in place and your planning done, all that you have left to do is giving a subtle invite to the person receiving it. In some cases, you won’t be able to be subtle, as forcing someone to take time from work can be very hard. If you can, though, you should try to keep your gift a secret for as long as possible. Managing to keep it quiet until the very last moment will build a huge amount of anticipation, only making the exchange better.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking for ways to give your loved ones some time out of work. People often overwork themselves, opting to spend months at the grindstone rather than investing time on themselves. Of course, though, without the right breaks, this won’t be sustainable, and your gift could be exactly what they need to fix it.

What’s on Your Winter Shopping List?

Our shopping habits tend to change with the seasons. For instance, during the summer we tend to buy a lot more dessert, cold drinks and refreshing fruit. When it comes to the Winter (which will soon be upon us) we switch to hot drinks, hot meals and big coats and jackets that will keep us warm. So the next time you head out to go on a shopping trip, consider a few of these things that should be on your winter shopping list.

 

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Frozen Finger Food

Planning a Christmas party? Then don’t forget about frozen finger food. During the months leading up to Christmas, you’ll find plenty of things like fries and chicken nuggets on sale. While they might not be the healthiest things to eat at Christmas, a party simply isn’t complete without finger food. If you have fancier tastes, then consider recipes like smoked salmon rotollos or meatballs that are easy to make and taste fantastic.

Winter Clothing

You don’t want to get cold during these winter months, so why not invest in some winter clothing? Be it a bulky and comfortable ski jacket or a fluffy scarf to wrap around your neck, there should be plenty of sales going on for all types of winter clothing. If you don’t already own a large winter coat or thicker socks, then you’ll want to purchase them before the cold starts to settle in.

Thicker Blankets and Covers

And it’s not just your clothing that will keep you warm, but also your blankets and covers. Ensure that you’ve got a replacement bed cover with thicker sheets, and consider buying an extra pillow or two to cuddle while you watch Christmas television with your family. Getting an extra blanket isn’t a bad idea either if you need something to wrap yourself in to keep warm.

 

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Christmas Gifts

You either love it or hate it. Either way, it’s important to think about the gifts that you’re buying. Whether you plan to purchase something unique for a close relative or just need some random gifts to fill up a stocking, there are plenty of choices and it can end up overwhelming you. If you’re struggling to find the right Christmas gift, then take a look at GiftBeta gift lists or other sources of online inspiration to help get you started. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help because Christmas gift shopping is hard!

Cold and Flu Medication

You never want to get sick when it’s the holidays, so make sure you stock up on cold and flu medication. Just buy a box or two and stick them in your medicine cabinet for when you need them. If you’d prefer a natural remedy, then consider getting some lemon tea and mix it with honey to create a powerful immune-boosting drink.

Winter Decorations

Be it a Christmas tree or some simple festive lights to hang around your home, you can’t forget about winter decorations. It’ll help you and your kids get into the festive mood and it’s a fun way to spend time with your little ones.

Thoughtful Thank Yous


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Need to say a big thank you to a special someone? Want to say it with more than just words? If so, then you need to use one of the following cute gift ideas.

A Box Of Chocolates

Everyone loves chocolate, so a box of chocolates is a great treat for someone who has helped you out or done you a nice favour. Why not go further and treat them to a personalised box of chocolates? As you can see on the Chocogram website, there are loads of ways you can personalise someone’s chocs. You might want to create a box of a special selection of chocolates that you know your friend would love, or you could get a special message printed on the box. Some companies will even give you the chance to get a photo printed on the chocolate!

A Meal Out

If you haven’t seen the friend you need to thank in a long while, you might want to spend some time catching up together. So, why not take them out for a meal in their favourite restaurant? This gives you the chance to thank them and also have a good chat with them. Just remember that you need to foot the whole bill at the end of the night!

 

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Some Scented Candles

Does your friend love relaxing on the sofa every evening in front of the TV? If this is their idea of the perfect evening, then why not try and add some extra comfort to their night? You can do this by gifting them a few different scented candles. For example, Yankee Candles are really popular right now, and look very attractive. They will be a nice decorative feature in your friend’s living room, and will also smell amazing!

A Magazine Subscription

A magazine subscription is a great idea for all of your friends who love to read.You just have to pay a one-off fee, and then your friend will receive a copy of a magazine every month for a year. Not sure what kind of magazine they would like to receive? Then why not buy a subscription to a service like Stack Magazines. This is a subscription service, but your friend will get a different magazine each month.  

 

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Thank-You Socks

You can get a thank-you message printed on most things these days. But why go for something obvious, when you could get your friend a totally unique gift, such as thank-you socks? Lots of quirky sock companies and gift stores now give you the choice to add a personalised message to socks. That way, your friend can see how grateful you are every time they get dressed in the morning!

Flowers

There’s a reason why flowers have been a popular way to say thank you for decades – it’s because everyone loves flowers! If you know what kinds of flowers your friend likes, you will be able to ask a florist to design you a bouquet made out of all their favourites.

Your friend will definitely want to say thanks after receiving one of these thank-you gifts!

Gifts To Give To People That Are Impossible To Buy For

There are many people in this world that are so self sufficient that they already have everything they could ever need in this lifetime. Then there are those people that are difficult to buy for because they are picky over their taste in clothing, decor and much more. We all know at least one. Luckily, there are gifts out there that you can buy even for the most impossible people to buy for and this guide, is going to give you some ideas on what to get for that person.

 

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Vouchers

Let’s get an obvious one straight out into the open. Buying vouchers for the places that you know they love to visit is a great way of giving them a gift without having to worry about getting them the wrong thing. They can simply choose the gift themselves and enjoy the freedom of being able to go into the store that they love and not have to spend much (if any) of their own money on what they want.

Another good idea when it comes to vouchers is buying them tokens to their local supermarkets. Some people like gifts that are purely convenient to them, and buying them tokens so that they can get their groceries in for a week or two will be a perfect gift.

Make It Personal

While there are a plethora of personalised gifts that you can buy for people, there are some particularly unusual ones that might mean a little bit more to them than just a funny mug with a rude slogan on it. For example, if you’re buying for a veteran of the forces, why not go for a coin personalised to their services in the forces. You can buy and design these coins from MilitaryCoins, who will help you through the whole process. All you will need to do is find out the information from them on when they were in service, any special service numbers they had and also anything else you might want to add to make the gift that little bit more special.

Make Them Laugh

Have you got a funny or embarrassing story on the person you’re trying to buy for? Or maybe something happened to you within their presence? Try and put together a gift that will remind them of the funny times and make sure that it’s obvious that the gift is meant to be funny. The world lacks laughter these days and bringing a smile to someone’s face is an amazing feeling for both parties.

The Final Word

So here we have three different ideas on what you could get for someone that is impossible to buy for. Not only could you buy something that’s useful to them, but you could go down the route of making your gifts as personalised as possible. Not only will it show them that you care, but it’s much better than receiving yet another jumper. Happy gift hunting!

The Very Best Alcohol-Related Gift Ideas

Know someone who always fancies a tipple? The fact is that alcohol, alcohol-related products, can make great gifts. It can sometimes be hard to pick a gift when the person whose birthday you are celebrating already has everything. If they are big drinkers, and have a passion for alcohol, in a healthy way, of course, then an alcohol-related gift could be ideal.

For all of the best alcohol-related gift ideas, read on. Below is a list of products and experiences that anyone who loves to have a drink will obsess over.

Homebrew gin kit

 

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Did you know that you can brew almost any alcoholic drink at home? From wine and beer to vodka and even gin. Gin has become an increasingly popular drink over the past few years, with new varieties coming out all the time. From colored gins to flavored ones, there are all sorts of new gins coming out each month. Bearing in mind the fact that gin is the next big thing in alcohol, a home brewing gin kit could make a fantastic gift, as long as the recipient likes gin, that is. If not, there are plenty of other homebrewing options to choose from.

Gift hamper

How about putting together an alcohol-themed gift hamper? Fill it with a range of gourmet alcohol-related treats. If they always drink one type of drink, such as whiskey, attempt to find a range of different types, such as Japanese whiskey, for instance – you can read a review Kikori Japanese whiskey, one of the most popular whiskeys, online. You could also add a glass, a whiskey-themed cocktail book, and a branded stirrer. Alcoholic boiled sweets could also make a great addition to your gift hamper – it’s just a case of choosing a selection that you know the person that the hamper is for, will like.

Cocktail making masterclass

 

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What about treating them to a cocktail making masterclass ticket, or two tickets so that they can bring their partner or a friend? For anyone who loves alcohol, a cocktail making masterclass could make a fantastic gift – it could allow them to learn the tricks of the trade and how to recreate their favorite cocktail. Whether they love strawberry daiquiris, are mad about mojitos, or love whiskey sours, a cocktail making class could allow them to learn how to recreate their favorite drinks.

Vineyard or factory tour

Do they have a favorite drink? If the answer is yes, booking them tickets to a tour of the factory that the drink is made at, or if it’s wine a tour of a vineyard, could make a fantastic gift. When it comes to alcohol-related gifts, a tour of a vineyard or factory where the person’s favorite drink is made could make a fantastic present. It’s just a case of ensuring that you book tickets for a time that is convenient for them.

There you have it, a guide to the very best alcohol-related gifts. Take note of the suggestions above, and you can ensure that you pick a present that is appreciated and valued.

Unique Gifts To Say…


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I love you. How do you show someone such a strong emotion. Sometimes all you need is the perfect, unique present. Perhaps you are buying for a special occasion such as your wedding anniversary. Maybe, you’re looking for a gift for someone else’s, or perhaps you just want to show someone in your life how much they mean to you and how much you really care. Well, there are a few possibilities to consider here when looking for gifts that say ‘I love you.’

Personalized Jewelry

 

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If you’re looking for a romantic gift, why not consider designing a piece of jewellery completely unique to one person. It’s always special to be able to give someone something that no one else has. There are plenty of companies online that provide you with this possibility. For instance, Taylor & Hart will design and create the perfect engagement ring for your loved one, ensuring it is the ultimate ring sure to get that picture perfect I Do. Or, perhaps you just want an upgrade for a ring that is starting to look a little old and worn. If that’s the case, this could be the perfect upgrade.

Love Book

What about a book that tells the story of two people. With Lovebook, this is a possibility. Essentially, you’ll be able to choose the title of your book and the pages. Create your own content or use the custom pages that they have created for you. Show your appreciation of someone, recounting special memories, writing in their favorite poems or perhaps just giving them a good old laugh. The best part? It can be used for absolutely any occasion you like and doesn’t need to be exclusive for couples. You can design a lovebook for your best friend, your mom or your brother. Show them how much you care with a gift could not be more unique. 

A Puzzle From The Past

Do your parents remember where they met? A puzzle gift could be the perfect present for their anniversary. Playing the puzzle allows your parents to discover where they met together, replaying their first steps together as a couple. We’re sure this could be the perfect gift for your parent’s Golden Jubilee. It’s just one of the many unique anniversary gifts for your parents that you can choose from. If you don’t think they’ll appreciate this, why not reprint their wedding photos in HD quality? 

Hire A Celebrity 

If you have enough money, then you can get a celebrity to appear for a loved one. That’s right, the top celebs can be booked for the right price. This is where stories come from of celebs appearing at people’s weddings, singing at their anniversary part or perhaps taking them on a trip of a lifetime. If you don’t have the money to book a celeb, try Omaze. You might just get lucky and win the gift of a lifetime.

As you can see, there are numerous unique and personal gifts to choose from. Some of these options are sure to let someone know just how much they mean to you.

 

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You’d Better Beerlieve It: Gifts For The Beer Lover In Your Life

Beer has come a long way over the last couple of decades or so. From being something that was produced en masse in a Dutch factory and drunk to excess in football stadiums, it’s now become something of a past time for aficionados everywhere. Every year, dozens of new craft beers are made, all with a unique flavor and provenance, making beer drinking more of a pursuit than a bad habit. Now it’s a major industry, with hundreds of thousands of people attending beer festivals every year.

 Is there are a beer lover in your life? Here are some of the latest beer-related gifts and gadgets they’ll love.

Beer Glassware

Most people think that beer is drunk solely out of generic pint glasses. But the aficionados out there would tend to disagree. It’s not just about the quantity of lager you can guzzle down on a Friday night anymore. It’s about the experience of holding the glass too and savoring the taste.

 

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There are lots of different beer glasses to choose from, from IPA glass to stout to pilsner, each of which has a different look and feel. Some look surprisingly similar to wine glasses.

Beer Magazine Subscription

There’s no so much interest in what’s happening in the world of beer that the industry is able to sustain its own subscription magazines. Not only do beer lovers enjoy drinking beer, but they also love reading about it too. 

Beer magazines, like Beer Advocate, have been around now for more than 10 years. What’s more, the subs are dirt cheap: a year’s supply of the mag will set you back just $10. Other magazines, like Craft Beer & Brewing, focus more on the “how-to” of making beer – something which home brewers everywhere will appreciate.

Can Coolers

 

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Beer is best drunk cold. But what happens if it’s a warm day? Easy. Just use some skinny can koozies. The insulating fabric will help keep the heat of the day locked out, giving your beer lover a refreshing drink, no matter how long they spend chatting at their next garden party.

Beer Hopper 

A picnic without beer is like a meal without wine. But transporting beer to the picnic site, especially if it’s more of a hike than a walk, can ruin the experience. Why? Because the beer warms up, ruining the flavor. 

Now, though, there’s a solution: the beer hopper. Beer hoppers are simple. They’re essentially insulated bags, kept cold by a mountain of ice. Standard hoppers usually have space for 18 cans – plenty for a weekend trip into the hills.

Beer Saver Lids

Craft beers sometimes disappoint. But every so often, beer lovers come across a beer than they absolutely love and want to save. The problem is that it’s simply not possible to keep the beer in a beer bottle for long once it’s opened. Or is it?

Beer saver lids are a special kind of beer bottle cap. Made from a mixture of silicone and plastic, they can be used to reseal bottles of beer, allowing the beer lover to enjoy their half-drunk beer at a later time, without it losing fizz or flavor.

 

The Gifts to Give Someone Who Loves to Travel and See the World

Buying gifts for people can so often be tricky. You don’t want to disappoint, but you don’t want to be too predictable. It can leave you wondering what you should buy this year. It’s always a good idea to think about the hobbies and interests of the person you’re buying for. Everyone is different, and we all like different things.


If you’re buying for someone who loves to travel and see more of the world, then why not choose a gift that reflects this interest of theirs? It’s a good way to ensure that they’ll get a gift that’s relevant to them and useful in some way. That has to be a good thing, right? Well, read on if you want some ideas for gifts to buy for people who love to travel.

Planners and Journals

Planners and journals can be ideal for lots of people who like to travel. It gives them a way to plan out their trip before they actually get there. And it can also give them a place to write about their thoughts, feelings and experiences along the way as they travel. This simple gift idea can be accompanied by some good pens, and it will be something they treasure and use as they travel. It’s an affordable option, and it’s something many people will really appreciate, so consider it if you haven’t done so already.

A Tabletop Globe

Not every gift you can give has to be useful to them while they’re traveling, though. For example, you could give them a tabletop globe that they can keep at home. People who love to travel also tend to like looking at things like maps and globes. It could give them some new ideas for where they should head to next. They can be bought at many different price levels and in many different styles, so think carefully about which one would be best. It could really add something to their home, and it shows you know where their interests lie.

 

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An Eye Mask

Traveling can be pretty tiring, and you often have to get your sleep when and where you can find it. That’s not exactly ideal, but that’s the way it needs to be. A good eye mask could help them to catch a bit of extra sleep when they’re on a plane or a bus heading to their next destination. It adds some extra comfort, and it should allow them to block out the light and distractions that might otherwise stop them from being able to fall asleep. It’s an unconventional gift, but it’s one that might be greatly appreciated.

 A Leather Travel Wallet

It’s important to keep all your important things together when you’re traveling. That’s why a leather travel wallet, such as those sold by JooJoobs, can make a wise gift choice. It will give them a place to put their wallet and cards and any other things they want to keep safe. Losing any of those things can be really damaging and challenging, so it’s a gift option that you should consider. They’re affordable, and there are many high-quality options out there for you to consider. Choosing a leather travel wallet is a good idea because it will then be more durable.

Small Translation Guides

These days, you can get very small translation guides that can serve you well in very specific situations. For example, you can buy guides that just help you with reading the menu in a restaurant and ordering food and drinks. These are available in a wide variety of languages, and they can make the everyday challenges associated with traveling in a place where you don’t speak the language much easier to deal with. If you know that they’re going to be heading to a certain country in the near future, this could be the ideal gift.

A Top Quality Water Bottle

If you’re buying for someone who likes to do a lot of walking and trekking when they’re traveling, you should buy them a top quality water bottle. It’s always important to stay hydrated, and a firm bottle that’s not going to break and leak can be a real life saver. It’s a simple gift, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t get a great deal of usage out of it when they’re traveling around and visiting lots of different places, so don’t rule it out. It’s always a good thing to buy people practical gifts that they’re actually going to make use of.

Crumpled City Maps

These neat little items are great for people who love to travel to different cities around the world. They’re maps made from fabric that you literally screw up and carry around with you. They can then be pulled out of your pocket and checked at any time. And because they can be crumpled up in different ways, you don’t need to pull the whole thing out to look at it. Instead, you can just inspect the part of the map that’s relevant at the time. It’s the sort of thing that can be both fun and useful. They’re available for a whole host of world cities.

 

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A GoPro Camera

For many people who travel a lot, part of what makes it so fun is creating memories and recording what’s being done. That’s exactly what a GoPro camera would allow them to do. It’s perfect for traveling because of its compact size. It can slot into a bag of pretty much any size, and it’s easy to carry around and use too. You don’t need to know anything about capturing video to make use of one of these. They’re relatively affordable, and it’s something they’re sure to get plenty of use out of, so it’s a gift that’s worth considering.

Traveling is a lot of fun, and you can make it even more enjoyable for your friend or relative next time you need to buy them a gift. Each of the ideas discussed above will add something to their travel experiences.

The Gifts That Really Say Something

There’s a big occasion coming up. A really big occasion. Something like a special anniversary, one of your best friend’s big birthdays, or someone’s first Christmas since they’ve moved back from wherever they went. In times like these, the normal perfunctory gift just isn’t going to cut it. You need to get more thoughtful, you need to make the gift really say something and have a value beyond its price tag. So, what do you go for? That’s what we’re going to figure out together, now.

 

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Making the look

It’s not always the right choice, but if you really know someone’s style, then getting them just that little extra touch to their wardrobe can really be heartwarming. If you get a best friend an accessory that completes their outfit, for instance, it shows that you really do know and appreciate them. If you get your man a pair of fancy cufflinks, it’s a way of demonstrating his value, that you appreciate how good he looks in them. Of course, you can make some bad choices with these gifts, too. If you get your best friend a perfume or a skin cream, it might send across the message you think they smell or have bad skin. So, do be careful.

A language all its own

When it comes to gifts that communicate, then the gift of communication itself can sometimes have a far great emotional impact than anything. Love notes, gratitude letters, and the like give you the time to really compose yourself and hit those seriously sentimental points in detail. However, expressing it without words can sometimes be the more poetic and beautiful way to go. Carefully coordinated flower delivery bouquets do more than sending a message, of course. They create a beautiful, bright and pleasant-smelling reminder of the day that they can keep in their home well after they first receive them.

 

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Something that’s really from you

It requires more effort, but it’s often cheaper to give them a handmade gift. The budget option might fit you if your finances are stretched pretty tight, but no-one can deny the value of a gift that you spent real time to make. Plus, you get the chance to customize it, including little heartfelt touches and inside jokes that make it truly from you to them.

Experiences, not things

Some of the most memorable gifts aren’t really about the physical qualities of them. Rather, they’re about the experiences linked to them. If you can provide an unforgettable experience, then you’re creating something with real meaning. That might mean concert tickets, it might mean a day out for afternoon tea, a spa trip, or even just a Blu-Ray of a film you think your special person would really love. It’s about more than something they can get a use out of; it’s sharing a special experience with them. We focus on new material goods a lot in life, but it’s been found that we value experiences and memories infinitely more.

The real benefit of all the gifts above is psychological, more than practical. It sends a message that is going to resound much longer than the gift itself. When you achieve that, you know you’ve really hit the mark.