Everyone knows that buying that perfect gift for someone can be a stressful event. You could spend hours online shopping, in stores, only to walk away giving the person a DVD they already have in their collection or some sweater that doesn’t fit.
Each year I get “I don’t want anything,” from my mom. Or “I have everything I need,” from hubby. Now I understand why people opt to give gift cards. Though I believe that type of gift is rather impersonal.
You don’t need Sherlock Holmes to help you figure out how to find that perfect gift for someone. All you need are 3 tips.
#1. The best place to start is to get everyone to make a list of all the things they like
Think of this as a brainstorming exercise. Get everyone you love to create a list of gift ideas or things that interest them or perhaps that something special they may have had their eye on. If she’s an avid cyclist but needs something to keep her on track. Done. He loves putting up the Christmas tree but hates crawling on the floor to plug it in. Got it.
Sharing a gift-giving list can often prompt other gift ideas so that you have more options when buying for that someone special in your life. Sharing your own gift ideas list or having your children create their own list to share with one another is also a great way to help others find your special gift.
Either way, making a list is the most important thing you can do when it comes to finding that right gift.
#2. Make It fun and memorable. An experience they will never forget.
Gifts that are fun are the ones that are most memorable. Funny gift ideas go a long way but can still be practical. Gift baskets are also a big hit when giving to more than one person (a family). This one I love. A girl took instant photos and created a scavenger hunt, each photo taking her husband (a photographer) to the next photo. In the end, she had the camera wrapped up to give to him as a gift.
Some of the very best gifts are the ones that hold meaning geared toward the person’s personality. So make it a gift they will never forget.
#3. Draw your inspiration from other sources to help you with your gift giving ideas.
Although making a wish list is the most important thing your friends and family can do to help you buy them the perfect gift. There are many other sources you can turn to to help you with inspiration. Pinterest has boards of ideas that are geared for holiday gift giving. You can also check out Instagram as well.
No matter how you come up with ideas to find that perfect gift for someone. Remember it’s supposed to be fun. Be spontaneous. Think outside the box, and your holiday shopping will be less stressful.