There have been many opinions shared on the subject of Christmas gift-giving, but there truly is an art to the process. Of course, you can always just give someone a gift card, or cash in a card, or maybe even a pre-made gift basket or box of holiday goodies you ordered online. These gestures will certainly be appreciated but are these real examples of the perfect Christmas gift?
There is a familiar phrase that we have all heard before: “it’s the thought that counts.” This is a very wise statement indeed, but we would be doing the quote a disservice if we didn’t really examine what that “thought” actually means.
If you really want to give someone the perfect gift, there should be some thought that goes into the shopping and selection. We understand this does require a little extra time and patience, but we can assure you that this investment will make the giving experience exponentially more meaningful – both for you and for the lucky recipient of your thoughtful gift.
Below you will find a few tips to help guide you as you begin your quest for the ideal gift. Happy Shopping!
1. Consider the Person
Take a moment and jot down everything you know about the person you are buying for. What are his or her interests? Their personality traits? Do they collect certain things? What are their hobbies? What size do they wear? Will you be seeing them in person for Christmas 2020 or will you send their gift through the mail. The more information you write down about your gift recipient, the easier it is to deduce what they might like. In fact, this step can sometimes help reveal a very specific gift idea even before you begin the actual shopping.
2. Go Back in History
The history of a person, the events of their life and the moments that you have shared with them over time can all help make selecting their gift easier. Perhaps you can recall a particularly trying time or a time of great happiness and prosperity. Maybe there is an occasion that they are fond of or that holds significant meaning for them. Nostalgia is a powerful thing and gifts that connect to a person’s experience can evoke those feelings in the blink of an eye, making them some of the most meaningful gifts.
Sometimes you might not know your recipient as well as you might think. If you struggle with coming up with bits of information about a person or their history, you can always search for clues on social media. People certainly share a lot of things about themselves on these platforms. Even to the point of posting links and pictures of the exact things they want for Christmas. It can be a great resource. If you cannot find out anything on Facebook or Instagram, you can always reach out to other people who might know your recipient better. Often they can provide great insight.
4. Make It About You
This does not mean what you might think. But when you consider who you are purchasing the gift for, think about the bond you share. You might be just friends. Or maybe the gift is for one of your parents. For a child or grandchild. Or maybe your spouse. Chances are your relationship has a little bit of history behind it. Try to consider what makes your bond so special. What are the specifics of the connection you share? If you are able to find a gift that speaks to what you have in common or to something specific from your time together, it will certainly touch their heart in a way that a gift card never could.
5. Give Gifts that Keep Giving
Everyone likes to get more. And then get EVEN MORE! That’s why subscription plans we offer make such perfect gifts. When you purchase a subscription plan for someone special, you take on the financial portion and your loved one reaps all the benefits. That means a wonderful surprise in the mail every month or two. And usually subscription plans are chosen by you based on your gift recipient’s unique interests and passions, so their reoccurring “surprise” is sure to always be a delight.
Thanks for taking a moment to read our tips on finding the perfect Christmas gift. Just remember, all it takes is a little thought to make the difference between an ordinary gift and an extraordinary one. Happy planning and happy holiday shopping to you all!
Check out our 2020 Christmas gift guide to find gift ideas for everyone on your list!
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Have you ever needed to buy a gift but didn’t know where to start? Gift shopping can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. While there are many choices for gifts in the current retail marketplace, not every choice may be the right one for your recipient.
Whether you are looking for a gift for an acquaintance, or for a loved one or family member, you want your purchase to be meaningful for your recipient. You want your gift to brighten their day, knowing that their present was selected and given in their honor by you. You want it to be absolutely perfect.
One of the best ways to achieve this is with a personalized gift. Personalized gifts are specially crafted to include personalization featured on the gift itself, and some of the elements that make them personal could be names, dates, or a special message. Personalized gifts show that you considered your recipient’s style, likes or passion, and tailor their gift to match their uniqueness. But we all know that selecting and purchasing a personalized gift can be just as challenging as choosing any gift, so here are some tips to help make the process easy and enjoyable.
Tip 1: Know Your Gift Recipient
It’s okay if your gift recipient is only an acquaintance. There are still usually a few things that stand out about them to help guide the personalization of their gift. Things like their style, their personal tastes, or even basic information like their birthdate are all helpful. Of course, if your recipient is a close friend or family member, you probably already know quite a bit about the kind of gift they would love. This will help make personalizing their gift even easier.
Tip 2: Consider the Occasion
Some personalized gifts are already created to honor certain special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. This is usually reflected in their design. Others are akin to blank greeting cards, allowing your recipient and the occasion to be celebrated through the added personalization. Either way, it works better when you are thoughtful of the specific occasion the gift is meant to celebrate. This thoughtfulness will certainly come through when you present them with their personalized gift.
Tip 3: Have Something to Say
The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart and speak to the heart of the recipient. When imbued with words, thoughts and feelings that are meaningful to them, gifts become even more heartfelt. That’s what is so great about personalized gifts. It starts with your thoughtful selection of the design they would appreciate. Then, when you add a special message to the piece or personalize their gift with a significant date or their name, it truly becomes a one-of-a-kind gift that will touch their heart.
Tip 4: Plan Ahead
Whenever you add your own touches to a gift, the process is bound to take a little extra time. This is important to consider when purchasing a personalized gift. Be sure to check the delivery date to ensure the gift gets to you or your gift recipient in time. When in doubt, sooner is always better, so make sure to allow for personalization time.
Tip 5: Check, Check and Re-Check
A lot of the personalized gifts feature engravings and rely on your input to complete the design. Make sure that you double check your spellings when providing that information. While most companies honor return policies, you don’t want to delay receipt of your personalized gift because of a mistype. When personalizing your gift, it is a good practice to re-read your personalization before submitting. This helps limit the potential for errors.
Giving a personalized gift is a sure way to bring a smile to your recipient’s face, knowing you took the extra step to make their present even more unique and thoughtful. And personalized gifts are ideal for just about anybody and just about any occasion. Don’t forget these 5 easy tips while you are shopping, and we wish you the best of luck with your search.