It’s not always easy, buying gifts. Actually, scratch that — while it can be easy to buy for some people, for others it seems like an absolute mystery. Or you might be one of those people that struggles to buy gifts no matter who you’re buying them for. However, there are things that you can do that’ll make finding and gifting the perfect item much more likely. Below, we take a look at a few steps that’ll want to incorporate into your gift buying process, whether it’s for a birthday or Christmas.
Don’t Leave it Last Minute
The longer you leave buying a gift, the harder it will be to find the right gift. This is because you’ll enter panic mode, during which items that are wholly inappropriate will begin to look appealing. And if you’re leaving your Christmas shopping until the day before the big day, then you’ll run into another problem — you might find that all the good things have sold out. As a general rule, get thinking about your gifts in the four weeks before you’ll have to give it. This will give you enough time to think of an item, let the idea sit for a while, and then track it down.
Think of the Other Person
But of course, starting early isn’t going to help you all that much if you don’t know where to start with your search. If you’re going to ensure that the gifts you buy for other people are deemed successful, then you’ll need to have a starting point — and an excellent place to begin is by thinking of the other person. What do they have an interest in? What do they already own, what stage are they at in their life? Thinking of these questions will establish a theme that you can use as a starting point for your search.
If you’ve got a track record of buying gifts that haven’t been quite as successful as you’d have hoped, then you might want to consider roping in help from other people. You can do this at two different levels. First, you can ask people close to the recipient if they have any ideas for gifts/if the person has mentioned anything in particular. Second, you can ask people if the item that you have selected is a good choice. If you’ve got something of a knowledge gap when it comes to figuring out whether an item is good or not, then speak to someone that you know has an idea of what they’re talking about.
Even once you’ve selected an item, there are no guarantees that it’ll be successful. That’s because there’s rarely just one version of an item; there are hundreds. Just think about smartphones, for example. Giving someone a smartphone as a present is a great idea for a gift, but the real success will be dependent on which model you buy. As such, it’s recommended that you take steps to ensure that the model of gift that you’re buying is high-quality. This can understandably be difficult, especially if you’re just going off advertisements, so it’s best to look at sites like All the Stuff. They’ll point you in the right direction of the best gifts, and can even be used as an inspiration point if you’re not sure what type of gift you should buy.
Order Well in Time
When it comes to buying your gift, it’s important that you’re ordering it well in enough time to arrive at your home. The power of the gift will be dampened somewhat if you have to tell the other person, “I got you something, but it’s still in the post.” Keep in mind that delivery dates aren’t set in stone — reduce your stress levels by ordering in well before the date you need it. This will also give you more time to get it wrapped, too.
Option to Change
If you have any doubts about the gift that you’re buying, then it’s best to go for an option that can be exchanged if the person doesn’t like it/it doesn’t fit/they already have one. Ultimately, it’s much better for them to have an item that they’ll use and enjoy, rather than something that’ll just take up space in their home.
Buy a Personalized Gift
Buying a personalized gift is a great way to make it feel a lot more special. You haven’t just gone out and grabbed the first thing you could find, you’ve put thought into it and bought something that is one of a kind and truly special to that person.
There are all sorts of great options for personalized gifts, depending on the occasion and the person that you are buying for. Photo albums are a brilliant gift idea for friends and family because it celebrates your relationship with them and collects a lot of great memories. There are some great sites online where you can build your own personal photo albums and it’s a gift that people will cherish for years to come. Alternatively, you could look into how to make custom bobbleheads online. They’re a great idea for a big milestone, like a wedding or starting a new business. You can also get some brilliant sports-themed ones for big sports fans. Even a simple gift like jewelry is far more special if you take the time to get it engraved with a nice message.
Finally, remember not to stress or overthink. It really is the thought that counts; and if you’ve taken all the steps above, then you’ll certainly have put in plenty of thought. They will surely like the gift!