We’ve all been on the other side of the gift-giving game, haven’t we? You begin with excitement and hope that maybe this one time someone had an idea of how to find you the right gift.
Nope, not even close! You can now add to the odd clothing that hangs in your closet only to be worn on those extraordinary occasions when your relative stops by.
Despite someone’s best intentions, some people are just bad at purchasing presents. Why? Gifting is meant to be a selfless act, and sometimes people fail to leave their ego out of it. We can all remember at least one gift where the gifter utters the words, “ I’ve always wanted one of those” as we unravel the wrapping to a butter warmer. Gee thanks!
There is, however, a little secret formula to always win at the gift-giving game. If you follow these principles closely, you will be confident in your future gift decisions.
It’s Always About The Recipient
It’s safe to say, for the most part, when purchasing gifts for children, people usually buy toys. Why – because that’s what children want. As we get older, our “play or hobby time” gets replaced with responsibilities, but there are still activities that make us happy. Some of us are into decorating, cooking, gardening or sports. Take a few moments to research the individual you are purchasing for instead of blindly giving them a gift they may not care for, in order to get it right.
Make It Meaningful
Meaningful should never be confused with expensive. Its definition is having a serious, consequential, or useful quality or purpose. Two ways this can be achieved is by directing your gift towards a person’s hobby or secular career. Let me illustrate a third way…
Years ago, while traveling, I forgot to remove my mini swiss army knife from my purse, and the airport security placed it in an envelope so it could be mailed to my home. Needless to say, it was stolen. I had purchased it while traveling in Bermuda, and it was important to me. A few weeks later, I found a little gift box, and inside was a mini red swiss army knife.
If you are aware of a sentimental item that an individual lost, replacing it would be a fantastic gift idea. How would you inquire about a lost item? Simply complain about your recent misplacement of your keys, wallet, etc. and ask the individual what item they have lost, and are still haunted by. You’ll probably find the conversation goes pretty smoothly, and you’ll have a list of things to purchase.
Go The Extra Mile
Build a little anticipation by spending a little bit more time on the wrapping, making it extra special and including a thoughtful note. Here’s an example:
I want to be the first to wish you a very happy anniversary. I’ve decided to give you my gift a bit early. Inside you’ll find a few flower seeds which I’m sure you’ll be happy to use in your garden. I’m excited to see what our yard will look like in just a few months from now since the flowers daddy and I chose have our favorite colors.
I love you!
Give Your Time
This may be one you didn’t see coming; however, I thought it needed to be included for many reasons. We’re all extremely busy and fail to realize that, at times, our family or friends would appreciate some quality time together. If you need some convincing that I’m on to something, just call one of your friends with screaming toddlers and offer to babysit for a night or two. I hate to say it, but “I told you so.”
Your time can be accompanied by lunch, a day at the beach or an amusement park. There are no rules here.
Okay, I know the struggle is real, and if you’re still in need of more gift ideas here is one that is sure to be a winner, and is my all time favorite.
It also works if you’re pressed for time and need to get the right gift in a hurry. It checks the boxes in a few categories: it’s about the recipient, it’s meaningful, you can include a personal message, and it’s mailed out for you in beautiful packaging. It’s a winner overall!
Photos Are Always The Right Gift Idea
Here’s a disclaimer – I worked for My Photo for over two years, and when I decided to become a blogger, they graciously partnered with me. Why, I grew strong relationships with the founders, my colleagues, but most importantly, with their customers. They felt I would represent their products sincerely, and they know how passionate I am about photos.
Yes, I also had the privilege to help tons of their customers choose the right products for their homes and gifts for their love ones. Photos have a way of connecting with people in a way nothing else can which is why photos always be on the top of my gift ideas list.
The truth is, we all have amazing moments we captured that are trapped in our phones. It’s a pretty simple process to turn those fantastic moments into physical gifts delivered to your recipient, all within five days or less.
Here is my rule of thumb on how to choose which photo to print. If you think it’s worth posting, it’s probably worth printing! Our team made it super duper easy to add a photo directly from Facebook, Instagram or Google with the click of a button.
The IT team developed an amazing system which allows you to preview your photo on all the products at once, which enables you to determine which product works best for each photo. This was no easy task as I could often hear my colleagues debating what features our customers would enjoy best. These debates lead to many added features, including cropping your images.
Ooo, and they’re pretty smart too! Since they also developed technology that automatically analyzes your photo to make sure the resolution will work on the product. The technology provides a warning if the resolution is too low. This means your photos will not look blurry and fuzzy because no one wants that, yuck!
Every now and then to help ease some of our work tension, some of us would bring our furry friends to work.This later lead to our product developers to create products to feature our pets.
Research shows pet owners, and I fall into this category, treat their dogs as family members. I can confirm that most photo printing companies print tons of photos of pets.
Hint…that makes a great gift! Let’s face it – no one makes us feel better than our pets!
Getting the right gift is so much more than just the physical exchange of presents. It’s a way to communicate and send a message to the receiver of your gift. With a little thought and some effort, you will choose a meaningful gift that will become a wish for someone’s happiness.
Get it wrong, and a poorly-chosen gift can be downright insulting, but don’t worry I have faith in you…You’ve got this! Of course, if you have any questions or want to ask a very opinionated girl a question…ask away!
Since I’m a photography snob, I decided to put together a few simple tricks and tips to help you capture better photos. If interested, over the next few days you’ll receive emails with easy techniques to create some Instagram worthy photos. You’re welcome!