With the holidays almost upon us, it’s time to start putting those gift lists and budget together.
However, finding a good or right gift for someone can prove to be a challenge every time.
You’ll spend hours poring shops and agonizing over what could be the perfect gift. If you don’t care too much for shopping, it can be an even more painful process.
I’ve put together these nifty suggestions for finding the perfect gift for anyone every time.
You can use these suggestions to create a gift list for the whole year as well.
Before you start reading, you may want to download 365 Gift Guide’s free gift ideas organiser, which helps you organize your gift shopping and keeps you under budget. Download for free HERE.
7 Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift for Anyone
1. What’s Your Budget?
This the first thing you should do before you commence this exercise. Determine how much you’re willing and able to spend on this gift.
This is so you don’t get attached to the idea of a particular gift and then be miffed later on when you discover you can’t afford it after all.
Be sure to record this limit in your gift ideas organiser before you read the rest of this article. You don’t need to break the bank to buy a good gift.
2. What Kind of Relationship Do You Have With the Person?
The kind of relationship you have with the person determines what sort of category the gift will fall in.
If your relationship is intimate and or close, then a sentimental gift is more appropriate.
If your relationship is more platonic, then the gift could be more practical.
This is not set in stone though and you can probably flitter between the types of gifts after you’ve gone through the suggestions below.
One of the best places to find practical and sentimental gifts with a personal touch is Etsy.
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa
3. What Do You know About the Person?
What do you know about the person you want to give a gift to in the time you’ve known them?
Have you been paying attention when they talk about themselves? Make a list of all the attributes you can think of.
Are they funny, serious, adventurous, a foodie, grammar police, history buff, fitness guru, chocoholic, Game of Thrones fanatic, etc?
Take your time here and make the list as long as it needs to be. The digital gift ideas organiser will come in handy.
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4. Match Personality Type with Gift
Is your list complete? Great. Now start matching the person’s personality with gifts.
For example, excellent gifts for a foodie would include an autographed cookbook or an experience with a celebrity chef.
By the way, if any of those are on your list, you can check out the related gift guides below:-
5. Look up the Person Online
That’s not as creepy as it sounds. Are you friends on any social media channels or connected on any other platforms online?
Take a look through their profile and their posts. You might discover something there that is just what they want or need.
It might be a random comment from months before that gives you an idea for the best gift.
Some people have online wish lists with retailers like Amazon and eBay. These wish lists are usually public.
You may be able to access them with a little snooping on their social media accounts. The next article will be about looking up Amazon Wish Lists.
6. Focus on Usefulness
It’s nice to be surprised with gifts but more than a surprise, it’s nice for a gift to be something of quality and also useful. Do not get caught up in the hype of brands and advertising overload.
The focus should be a gift that can be utilized in everyday life or over or over again. Otherwise, the gift will sit in a corner or disappear behind a closet forever and you’ve wasted your money.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you research though, you still might not find the perfect gift for someone.
In this case, find out what cause they’re passionate about – saving whales, feeding children, funding education, health care, etc.
Make a donation in their name to the relevant charity. I guarantee most people will appreciate this.
You can then personalize it by making a pretty donation card via Canva, printing it out and presenting it to them. Very thoughtful and personal gift.
Whatever you do, do not buy a gift card with a monetary value. It gives the impression you don’t care enough about the person or occasion to even bother gifting them something that matters.
Besides, what the monetary value of the gift card should be can create its own set of challenges for both you and the recipient.
Do you have any other tips for finding the right gift? Share in the comments section and I’ll add it to the list. Happy shopping!