9 Ways to Make Your Gifts More Thoughtful – Collaboration
More often than not you may feel the pressure when it comes to buying a present for your loved one. Things like, “Will they like this? Do they need this? What size are they?”, might be just some of the questions that run through your mind. And, what tends to happen is we will overspend in order to ensure we have more chances of getting them thoughtful gifts they really like.
Finding the perfect, unique gifts can actually be pretty easy as long as you ensure you’re putting some thought behind it. That’s all that counts, and anybody who can’t see past that shouldn’t be given a gift at all.
Your gift doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, that could be a cop-out. Have you ever given a friend, partner, or family member a present and their response was “You really shouldn’t have”? Well, they meant it.
Here’s the reality of the situation, most gift-givers will assume that the more money spent on a present then the more it will be appreciated but this is not the case at all. Gift recipients do not appreciate expensive presents more than presents that have had some thought put into them. It is the thought that counts, yet at the same time, it’s okay to be generous. So how do you put more thought into your gift-giving process? Here are some tips to help:
Use Your Skills to find Gifts
You may be known for having a unique skill. That’s a craft you’ve honed over the years. And if you can use that skill to create or do something thoughtful for the person you’re getting the gift for, you definitely should. You’re investing time and potentially a little bit of money (for resources) into something. Your friend or loved one will really appreciate this. They might not appreciate just how much time went into it (because only you will know that) but it will be obvious straight off the bat, that time and thought went into this, and the gift will most likely be one-of-a-kind, too.
Choose a Personalised Gift
Personalised gifts mean a lot to those who receive them, and, thankfully, there are thousands of possibilities out there. Many companies offer a range of gifts for all occasions, which can be personalised with the recipient’s name, a special message, date, or anything else you like. These don’t require a lot of effort on the buyer’s part, as the company takes care of the hard work, and are sure to be well-received by loved ones.
Check out Photo Gifts
Similar to the suggestion above, why not consider customized photo gifts for your loved one on a special occasion? There are many websites that allow you to upload your own photographs and have them printed onto a range of gifts such as mugs, photo books, cushions, in fact, just about anything you can think of! Friends and family will always think of you when they use their special, thoughtful gift, and you can choose something which is practical, too.
Don’t Think About Yourself
When it comes to picking thoughtful gift ideas, remember you are buying for someone else, so try to put your own tastes and interests aside and think instead about what they would like to receive. Try to put yourself in their shoes and carefully consider their personality in order to choose something they will love.
Don’t Forget About Classic Gifts
Flowers and chocolates are often-given gifts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them thoughtful, too. If you know which is their favourite type of flower, go ahead and choose them a bunch of these. And the same thing goes with the chocolates. You could even buy from a company which can personalise the chocolate by writing their name on it, or presenting them in some special packaging.
CHOOSE SOMETHING MEANINGFUL TO THEM
Is there a secret, inside joke that only the two of you will understand? Perhaps there is a way you can incorporate something like this into their gift, to give something that will always remind them of you every time they see it. Try giving them a certificate. Caption it with something they are great at or make up some funny award captions. The possibilities are endless, depending on your relationship with the recipient. If you are looking for small thoughtful gifts, this is a great way to go about it.
Consider Experience Gifts
If you really can’t think of anything special to give your loved one, how about treating them to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, such as a rally driving day or a ride in a hot air balloon? If there is something you know they would love to do, but would never treat themselves to, now is your chance to give them that opportunity. Or, if you have a smaller budget, simply take them to see a show or out to dinner at their favourite restaurant perhaps. You could even consider a gift card for their favourite eatery if arranging a date is tricky.
Give Charitable Gifts
There are few things more thoughtful than considering others when giving a gift. Whether that be donating to a charity which means something to them, or choosing a gift which will ensure some money is given to those in need by purchasing it, there are many ways to make your gift more thoughtful, and not just to the person who will receive it.
Take Care About Presenting the Gift
Once you have chosen the perfect gift item, don’t forget to put some careful thought into how you will wrap it before giving it to them. Depending on where the gift is bought from, wrapping could be provided to give it a professional finish. But, it’s also thoughtful to choose wrapping materials that your friend or family member will love – perhaps with their favorite colors or patterns. You could even make your own gift wrap and a homemade card if you have the skills and materials required.