Buying the best gifts does not have to be difficult. Not matter the occasion, purchasing an amazing gift is about time, budget, hobbies, and usage. Here is how to ace present buying, you’ll never have to stress again.
1. Plan Ahead
Starting early ensures you cover all bases, and purchase everything before it’s due!
Make sure to search any and every store you have in mind; the stores you consider least can surprise you.
Often people tell you what they need without noticing.
If your friend/family member constantly talks about a fandom, a sports team, a celebrity, or a musical—look to these things when searching for gifts.
3. Make a List
List all the stores in your area. List things you have noticed your friend/family member doesn’t have. List things they use a lot, that may need to be replaced. List things they talk about. List the ideas you have for gifts. List people and places that relate to what they love.
If you didn’t have an idea before, you definitely do now!
4. Choose Your Price
You could go crazy unless you choose an ideal price you are willing to pay.
Consider how long you desire the gift to last (often the more you pay, the better quality and longer the item will last) and the price of similar products.
If your gift is for a company Kris Kringle or someone you do not know well, consider how much they spent on your gift. It may seem petty, but it can be a good starting point.
5. Shop Online
Sometimes the best gifts on offer are not within our area. In fact, they’re not even in your country! Fear not, with the power of modern technology, the best presents can be flown in from anywhere!
Make sure to leave ample time; ensuring your gift will get there. Always allow for more time than suggested. Especially if ordering from overseas.
6. Consider Usage
Like their talking points, people’s actions may dictate what they need.
If your friend/family member is constantly buying coffee on their way to work, buy them a travel mug. If they are often drinking coffee at work, buy them a mug. A friend that takes public transport to work may need a podcast subscription, or a new book to keep them occupied. Those who get easily distracted may need headphones.
7. Don’t Forget the Card
It may seem overrated, but a card is the emotion behind the present. That plain coffee mug may seem dull and easy, until your friend/family member opens their card to read the story and thought behind that purchase.
Store-bought cards can be expensive, so make your own! Creating your own card can be as easy as printing something off the computer or as difficult as a craft project.
8. Think Outside the Box
If your loved one is constantly talking about a certain book, movie, team, or television program, they may seem to already have everything related to it.
They don’t, and new products are coming out every day. Instead of purchasing something within the frame of their interest, think outside the square.
Use those lists you drew up earlier and link the gift to a celebrity they like, a player from their team, a location from a television show, or a trinket from a book.
For example: for someone who is a fan of Harry Potter, consider a book about witches and wizards in the United Kingdom. Whereas a fan of Taylor Swift may like a bottle of the perfume she is reported to wear.
Some presents may need a little explaining, but upon realising how much thought you have put into them, your loved one will surely be grateful.
9. Never Forget a Gift Card
For the impossible-to-buy-for, there is always a gift card.
They may be boring to open and embarrassing to give, but gift cards provide the opportunity for your loved one to get whatever they desire—and guarantees you never go over your budget.