I’ve been reading through some really cool blog posts for holiday gifts this season. If not for technology and social media, I never would have been able to find things like this cool mug and this f-bomb.
But, when it comes to gifts, they say it’s the thought that counts. So this season, I’ve got a different type of guide for gifts. Check it out.
- Something they want (not something they need). Just because someone needs a new vacuum doesn’t mean their face will light up with joy when they tear open the wrapping paper and see a new appliance that makes them think of household chores needing to be done. Get them something they want. Something indulgent and unique to that person. A massage for a mom who does it all. A certificate for a babysitter for a busy couple to have date night. This is your opportunity to show your giftee that you pay attention to their needs…and their wants.
- Something they’d never buy themselves. If you’re really paying attention, you can pick up on the things that interest your recipient. If you’re paying close attention, you have a feel for the things they typically spend their money on. All you have to do is merge the two together to think of something they want but wouldn’t necessarily spend their money on. These could include things like concert tickets, jewelry, a USB pet rock, etc.
- Something unique. Your goal is this: give the gift that is as far away as possible from a gift that you could give to anyone else in your life. If the same gift could be given to 4 other people in your life, stop. You can do better. Unique gifts could be a photo book that you have printed, something you make yourself, or anything else that speaks to the unique qualities of your giftee.
- An experience. Give someone an opportunity to create some awesome memories. Tickets to some kind of event are always a good idea. Sites like StubHub and Eventbrite should help get you started.
- The gift of learning. I’m a big fan of giving books as gifts. It’s kind of the epitome of the gift that keeps on giving. Some of my favorite types of books to give include inspirational quote books, biographies of people my recipient admires, how-tos on learning new skills, and business books for co-worker gifts.
- Something handmade. Piggybacking on #3, there’s nothing says “from the heart” like something handmade. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make someone smile this Christmas. Fun crafts include a small painting (you don’t have to be an artist), a decorative box, beaded sun-catchers, and about a zillion other Pinterest-inspired DIY gifts.
- A basket. Body wash is an impersonal gift (sorry). For a few more dollars, you could put it together in a basket with gifts like a loofah, bath salts (not the eat your face kind), and a sleeping mask to give to someone who could use some “me time.” A lot of “easy” gifts can be made unique by arranging them with a theme. For gifts for families, I personally like a movie night themed basket, with DVDs, popcorn, and movie theater candy.
The bottom line is that gifts are special because of the thought the giver puts into the gift for the recipient. What do you want your gifts to say about you?