Getting a gift that will impress a loved one, be that a husband or wife, a close family member, or a good friend, can be very tough. While you may well know the recipient very well indeed, that doesn’t make it any easier to get them a genuinely significant present that is going to truly blow them away.
The internet has, on the whole, made our lives easier when it comes to a number of areas of our daily lives, but when it comes to buying presents, it leaves you with something of a double-edged sword.
Now you can purchase just about anything you can possibly imagine, and that creates an agony of choice that is more than likely to create indecision. Obviously, we always want to get gifts that will impress, but in reality, you may find the whole process daunting or not have enough time to locate the ideal present.
How Do You Get the Perfect Present?
In order to find a present that is perfect for a recipient, there are a number of boxes you are going to want to tick.
Firstly you are looking to get a present that really reflects the person you are buying for. If this present is for a close relative, wife, husband or good friend, then you should have a good idea about their tastes. Failing that, don’t be afraid to ask.
Sometimes we may feel that outright asking what someone would want for a birthday or anniversary gift takes some of the magic away from the process, but in reality, it helps you narrow down the options.
Think about what the recipient enjoys, what are their hobbies and interests and try to remember if they dropped any major hints in recent weeks; this is particularly relevant for husbands ahead of key dates where buying a great present is crucial.
Don’t leave things until the last minute. It truly is the thought that counts, and if you don’t find the time to get a suitable gift, then it sends out entirely the wrong message. In this day and age, you can locate presents at short notice, but you don’t want to be pinning your hopes on a delivery arriving just in time for a special occasion.
A last-minute present is obvious to most; in many ways, it’s even worse than forgetting to get one. Set yourself reminders and shop around, online or in the high street, as this will help give you ideas as well as help you stick within any budgetary constraints you may have.
Presents that are timeless are ones that are usually sentimental in nature, perfect for anniversaries, and are evergreen and will linger long in the memory. These might be custom-made presents or ones that are relevant to your shared history. Think of ornate photo albums or personalized items.
If you really treat your loved one, you can look to get them a custom-made item of jewelry that is not only sophisticated but also a real statement piece. For instance, you might want to consider a stylish name ring that could signify the receiver of the gift or perhaps their children.
The market for personalized jewelry really is booming, and that’s because they straddle the line between elegance and luxury, and the cost of such items is kept manageable by the fact that there are many brands and companies vying for your custom.
It’s Not About the Price Tag
Sometimes when ideas run dry, and you simply don’t know what to get as a present, you can tend just to seek out something expensive, hoping that the price tag will somehow compensate for your lack of effort.
This is rarely the answer and is a reasonably cheap way to approach the conundrum of present buying. Try to avoid spending big just for the sake of it.
Consider Buying an Experience
It is now very common for people to opt against traditional present buying techniques in favor of experiences as a gift. In other words, presents that are not tangible. For instance, this might be the present of whisking away your partner for a weekend away or perhaps could involve longer-term gifts, such as subscriptions.
For instance, Is your father a keen gardener? Why not sign him up for a subscription service that aids his hobby? Perhaps your mother is a keen reader; then you can sign her up for a book club that keeps her engaged all year long.
These kinds of gifts are often very thoughtful, have a longer shelf life than other presents, and offer real value week in and week out. This works well if the person you are buying for has hobbies or is trying to learn new things.
Avoid Gift Cards
While they are helpful and are not entirely without a purpose, no one ever opened wrapping paper and then gleefully accepted a gift card. The appearance such a present gives to a recipient is that the person presenting such a present either didn’t give much thought as to what to buy or simply doesn’t know them very well, and neither of these assertions is particularly favorable.