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Count how many occasions are in the year (birthday/Christmas/*insert special event that needs a present bought*) and how many people you need to find a gift. Add some unexpected “I am sorry gifts” or “Welcome to gifts”. And multiply it by… many years. How much of your free time would take you to look for all of them? The answer is A LOT!
And it’s no guaranteed that under pressure you will find an extraordinary gift… or a good gift.
Gift-giving can be a minefield…
You want to get it right – most personalized that giftee will use it and like it – you want to be thoughtful….
You also want to stick to a budget range and not have to look around thousands of shops every other month.
AND THA’S OK
Trouble is, if you try to look for things so often, many times tired or short on time, chances are that even if the perfect gift will pop just in front of your face – surrounded by thousands of other possible gifts – you may not notice it, and keep searching.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, gift shopping can be at best a waste of time…
There has to be a smarter way to manage the gift-giving thing…
So – how can you get to the point where finding the perfect gift is easy and not time-consuming at all?
Seeing a giftee really happy, cherish and using your gift is weirdly fulfilling, can be even addictive.
The secret is to ask the right questions and make notes before even starting the shopping part – you will have ready ideas. If not, even direct links to the products. In the worst case, you will be able to focus on your search, minimalize time, and easily spot that perfect gift when one presents itself…
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There is one important thing you must always keep in mind when you think about gifting anyone :
It’s not about what YOU like – it’s about THEM
Never turn gift hunting in looking for a gift that you could use or a general gift that nobody will truly appreciate.
#1 Note the clues your futuregiftee leave for you.
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If somebody mentions she/he would like to have something or like something very much note the product, scent (useful for candles, perfume, body lotions…), place (for example if it’s a pastry you can buy a cake from them).
As well as what person dislikes a lot.
Is ready to go idea you can use when the time comes.
#2 The same if you see a possible...
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The same if you see a possible gift, that you have a feeling would make person X happy. Note it (Name of product, Store with address) or save the link.
#3 Gater all ideas in one place
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This point itself is the answer to the question of the article “How to have always ready to go gift. No hustle no time wasted?” Gather all ideas in one place as the Excel file.
Name the columns to have everything clear and easy to use. Make it detail, include:
- name of the product,
- picture or code,
- name of a store with an address,
- note link if you get one,
THIS POINT IS THE GOLD YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.
#4 Make a brainstorm
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If you need few ideas immediately, or you want to boost the list. Do a brainstorm and note all presents above the average. Not every occasion has to have a “Perfect present” and often we demand too much from the gift itself. Forgetting there is much more possible to make someone’s day special.
How to start it?
Go through this question first, it’s easier to find something if you have an idea of what you are looking for:
(Create separate tab in Excel file for every person that you can quickly and easily come back, check and add new information about person)
#1 – WHAT DO THEY LIKE
This point makes it easier for you to concentrate on them rather than on yourself.
#2 – WHAT DO THEY DISLIKE?
It’s an easy no-go. If is it taste, place or color, you will be able to rule out easily things that you may think will be good but are not. For example, a gorgeous, purple t-shirt that looks phenomenal and for sure would look stunning on your giftee… but if your giftee hates purple most probably they will not feel good wearing it.
#3 – WHAT TYPE OF PERSONALITY THEY HAVE?
Introvert vs. Extrovert
Calm vs. Adventurous
Traditional vs. Hipster
Sentimental vs. Practical etc…
We tend to lose the bigger picture of a person as the person. We perceive people emotionally, as a friend, member of the family, colleague.
If your mom is not adventurous taking her bungee jump may be a fun idea, but will she find pleasure in it? If you would like to motivate her to do new things because you know she sticks to her routine start from something that will be a bit out of her comfort zone but still attractive FOR HER.
It’s very rare to change a person with one present…
Unless it’s a winning lottery ticket… Then maybe.
#4 – WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
You don’t have to break the bank to find the ideal present. Know and stick to your budget, whatever big or small is.
#5 – IS THIS A SPECIAL EVENT? (ANNIVERSARY, BIRTHSTONE, THEME ETC..)
Some occasion called for more special gift as some anniversaries (10th anniversary: Aluminium, 15th anniversary: Crystal, 40th anniversary: Ruby, 50th anniversary: Gold…). Even birthday (40, 50, 60…)
Keep in mind, every culture emphasizes different occasions.
#6 – ANY ALLERGIES / HEALTH ISSUES / External conditions TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION?
It may be obvious, but not many people think about it. Besides food & alcohol (some people do not drink), consider other things as
- the types of flowers you are bringing to a person suffering from hay fever
- if a person has a bathtub to use a bath bomb you bought for her/him
- if a person like the intense smell of her/his cosmetics, or you should pick something fragrant free etc…
#7 – WHAT’S THEIR STYLE?
If you style somebodies home or closet – by buying them decorative pieces or clothes – first observe what type of things they like currently or if they what style they would like to have. Better do not assume.
#8 – DO THEY REALLY NEED IT?
Should you be adding to the clutter? Nowadays people have lots of stuff. Often too much. At some point, it stops bringing happiness…
Be mindful while shopping. Quality over quantity is a good rule.
Invest in life experience – voucher to favorite store, museum or theater may be amazing surprise.
#9 – DO YOU TWO SHARE SOMETHING THAT HAS A SPECIAL MEANING?
It can be some inner joke that only you two understand, or memory that you can bring with a referring gift.
#10 – Buy in bulk if you have few ideas order few presents straight away. Especially if occasions are relatively close in time. For those types of planning it’s good to find something that you will not need to return (because of incorrect size or person bought it for herself). Amazing are for example: beauty products, jewelry and perfumes, it has a long expiration date and nobody mind to have similar cream especially if they like it.
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Brainstorming will take a few more minutes, but will help you refine gift and make it a perfect hit. Saving time in the long run.
Giving good gifts is a skill: it goes a long way to know that someone hasn’t just popped down the shops and bought the first thing they’ve seen, or bought something they love without thinking of giftee at all… Keep if personal, meaningful or fun.
Good luck in creating the perfect gift list that will take the gift hunting headache away.