Searching for unique gifts to give to friends and family
can be a fun adventure. What makes a gift unique? This question can have
a variety of answers depending on individual opinions. It is generally
the conscious effort to combine the theme/event to the gift which shows
that thought and care was taken in getting it right.
There are many items to consider when looking for unique gifts. Perhaps
you want to give practical presents you know the recipient will need. If
you are choosing to give decorative gifts, you may want to find out
whether to purchase something to compliment the decor they already have
or inspire something new.
You can definitely find unique gifts that are mass produced. However,
unique usually refers to something not commonly seen or thought of.
Creative gifts can also be something custom-made specifically for the
recipient of the gift.
Custom gift makers do not always have physical stores, you can often
find them at local arts and craft markets or some might have a website.
You may also find a larger variety of standard gifts in internet supply
catalogues. You could then make up your own unique gift basket.
Stuck for an gift idea? Want to find that perfect gift
that will bring a smile to their faces when they open it -- and for
years to come?
Follow five tips and your gift is guaranteed to be a winner!
Give yourself time to plan what you are going to buy and then to
locate and buy it. Don't wait for the last minute. In fact, why not
make a New Year's resolution to put gift-buying reminders on your
calendar every January?
Give yourself plenty of time and your gift buying will be much more
enjoyable -- and less stressful!
Get 'em what they really, really want.
The secret to a great gift is getting the recipients exactly what
they want -- but would never buy for themselves.
That definitely doesn't mean that a gift must be outrageously
The best way to find out what people want but would never buy for
themselves is -- not surprisingly -- to ask. You might consider
asking your gift recipients to give you a list of ten gifts they'd
like -- that way the gift can still be a surprise.
Or, pay attention when you're with them. Watch them go through a
catalog or window-shopping.
You can get a lot of great ideas just by watching and listening!
Coordinate your efforts.
Usually there are going to be several people buying gifts for the
Appoint someone as a 'gift coordinator' and pool your resources. A
perfect present won't be perfect if they get three of them!
If you work together, you can pool your money and get something
really spectacular you couldn't have afforded individually.
Have you ever received a gift that spoke to a special interest or
desire of yours that you thought no one knew (or cared) about?
Didn't it feel great?
This is what your goal is for the perfect gift.
Often people ask that they not receive gifts.
Respect this wish if it is expressed. Remember it is their
celebration. It's not a contest to see who can get the best gift.
If you feel that you must buy something, consider making a donation
in their name to a charity that is important to them. They'll almost
certainly truly appreciate the thought.