How to Select a Perfect Christmas Gift
If you receive a bottle of wine on your baby shower or, perhaps, a tie at your housewarming party you would feel surprised… but certainly not in a positive way.
You would most definitely know that the person who gave you the gift did not put much thought in it. They probably bought the first thing they saw or maybe they are giving you something that they have received and they did not like in the first place.
There are some people who will play safe when it comes to gift giving and they will buy a box of chocolates or a bouquet. Some people will simply never even try to amaze you with their gift giving abilities.
The important thing here is that gifts are not about how much money you are going to spend but how much thought you are going to put in the whole thing. Sometimes a very simple thing like a small plant with an interesting card can mean the world to someone.
If you are one of the people that do not have the gift to gift we are here for you. We will help you with everything. Consider the following text a guide on how to select a perfect Christmas gift. We will give you a clear direction on what to do and what not to do. You will not have to wander from store to store hoping that you will see the ideal gift somewhere on the shelves just waiting for you to pick up. Simply follow these ideas because they will help you improve your gift-giving reputation. The person you are giving a gift this Christmas will be surprised (but in a pleasant way).
Choose A Direction
First thing’s first: you have to choose what kind of a gift you want to give to a certain person. This means you have to choose your direction.
You cannot, for example, give your boss a funny gift even if your boss has a good sense of humor. It’s not appropriate. Still, you have to choose something that he can use in his office or something that is a bit more serious. Funny gifts should be reserved for relatives or friends. These are the people that know you the best. You probably spend most of your time with them and you know that they will not get mad even if you play a joke on them with the gift. Maybe you would like to give your mom something practical or something that she would be a real treat. You cannot give her office supplies if she is a housewife.
Know Your Budget
As we said before, you have to put time and effort into the gift you are planning to give. This does not mean that you have to spend your last savings on buying expensive things for Christmas. Know your budget and buy only meaningful things that do not exceed this amount. Don’t make the mistake of buying on credit and paying for this well into the New Year.
Keep Your Eyes And Ears Open
The key to successful choosing of gifts is paying attention. Most of the time people reveal what they want and what they do not want. So, sometimes just listening closely can give you important clues. Another crucial element is observation. For example, if you notice that your cousin has a small collection of brooches or your uncle wears a specific style of T-shirts, these little things can give you a real insight into what they truly love. You just have to be careful and do a little digging – the answer might well be right in front of you. If you are not strong in this area, simply ask for help. Ask a third party, ask someone who knows the recipient very well ask anyone who might give you some decent suggestions.
They Can Pick It Up Themselves
It is very possible to have a person pick up the gift for them. No, do not worry. We are not suggesting you to ask them directly what they want. You can ask them to go with you while you are shopping and then you have to be very careful and listen to them. They will probably say something when they come across things that they like. Listen to their comments. Maybe they will say that they like something but they cannot afford it or they plan to buy it in the future. If you are thinking of buying them something, when you see the item you can be bold and ask them what they think about it. It might be a little sneaky but you are doing this with good intentions!
Find Something They Can Really Use
Another thing that you have to bear in mind is to find something that a person can really use. It can sometimes be very distracting to choose from the huge range that a given shop has to offer. It’s senseless buying lipstick for your tomboy sister or a gadget for your mom if she’s not tech-savvy.
Do Not Wait Until The Last Day
I know that we are all busy with our lives or we like to think that we are. It takes time to find the right gift and you do not want to end up buying something at the last minute when all the best things have already been snapped up. If you wait too long you will have less options and more stress. Ultimately, you will be forced into choosing something that’s perhaps not so special because it was your only choice.
Sneak The Social Profiles
We live in a digital world and all of us leave digital footprints somewhere. We are not here to discuss the downside to this but we are going to harness the positives. When it is time for giving gifts and you are coming up short with ideas… well, just check the social profile of the person you want to buy something for. They have probably mentioned somewhere on Facebook what they want. Or better yet, check their Pinterest wall. The pins will give you an unsurpassable insight into what the recipient really wants.
Psychology Behind Choosing Gifts
Gift buying and gift giving should be an easy thing but it is actually pretty complicated because the perfect gift encapsulates how much we care about someone. Basically we have to overcome these three common issues:
- It is impossible to get inside someone’s brain and to see things through their eyes. That being the case, how can we know what someone likes or does not like? Empathy can play a critical role here. It helps us understand other people better but not everyone has developed this emotion. An inability to forecast what other people want can sometimes be interpreted as a sign of not caring enough. For example, we often have different tastes than our best friends. This is normal. Things that they consider beautiful might appear ugly to us. This can make it very difficult when it comes to buying something for them. If we buy something we like it might very well not be so good for them.
- Another thing that can create a crisis is closely connected with family traditions. We are all brought up in a certain way which differs from that of our intended recipient. This can make gift giving exciting or upsetting. If one person’s family was very practical with their gift giving, the same person will find it difficult to buy presents for someone who grew up with a tradition of getting whimsical surprises.
- Thirdly, when we choose a gift we are doing it for more psychological reasons which might not be clear even to us. Gifts are a representation of love and caring, but with gift giving we might ask for that love in return. Kids might want to give their parents something really nice because they feel left behind.
If we understand all of these things we will learn that we should not strive for the perfect gift because there is no such thing as perfection. We should just find the one that has meaning.
How To Choose A Gift For A Woman?
Women are complicated, period. When it comes to buying gifts for them it can be a nerve-wracking experience. You should always seek out hints because women know exactly what they want and there is a great chance that she implied it somehow to you. They have soft spot for gifts that have a great deal of thought behind them. So, it is wise to look for something that is truly unique. If you are struggling with finding a gift for the special woman in your life, we will give you a handful of helpful ideas.
If you want to make this Christmas special for your mom, then you have to give her something that is tailor-made just for her. This can be difficult in a way because there are so many choices available and it can be hard to figure it out what the perfect gift might be. Ask yourself certain questions about your mom and you can come up with a flawless gift for her…
1.What Is Her Favorite Show?
If you know that your mom is obsessed with a certain TV show and she cannot wait for the next episode then you could buy her the DVD. It could be the new season or you might buy her a complete set. It does not matter that she has already seen them all. She will love to watch it over and over again. On the other hand, you could make the gift still more creative and order a personalized key chain with a photo from the cast and a written message for your mom. Go the extra mile. Give her what she deserves.
2.Does She Like Homemade Gifts?
If your mom still keeps your drawings from primary school on the fridge, if she cannot get rid of your school projects (even you have graduated from college years and years ago) this means that she is sentimental and she likes handmade things. In this case, skip the trip to the shops and put your hands to work. You can create a collage of your favorite pictures. You could include your old school photos or the ones from birthday parties or family trips.
3.Does She Need Something?
Kitchen appliances are considered a very boring gift in general, no matter who is the recipient. But if your mom genuinely needs something then it can be a good idea to buy it for her. This way, you are buying her something that she might press into action every day.
4.What Does She Like?
We believe that children usually spend time in the kitchen only when they are hungry and asking their mom to cook something for them. But what do you think about doing it yourself this time? You definitely know what your mom’s favorite dish is. So why don`t you surprise her by cooking that special meal? Even if you do not know how to handle things in the kitchen you can order it from her preferred restaurant. It will be great if you do this for her. She will feel so relieved that she does not have to cook for at least one night!
When you are buying a Christmas gift for your girlfriend, you do not have to go crazy but still put some thought in it. Finding the right gift does not mean you are forced to spend excessively but simply to find just the right thing for her, to find something in accordance with her interests and hobbies. Ask yourself some questions before you decide to hit the shops…
1.Does Your Girlfriend Have A Pet?
There are some people that take more care of their pets than themselves. If this is the case with your girlfriend then you do not have to buy her a gift. You should buy something for the pet and you will leave her speechless. There are a lot of things available for animals. Go to the pet shop and find an awesome accessory for her loved one. You can choose something like a chewing bone or a bed.
2.Does She Love Sports?
If your girlfriend is rooting for a certain team then this affords you plenty of choice. You can find so many products that have the team logo on. A gift card can be a good idea here, too. Additionally, if she plays sport you can buy her a jersey or something related to it.
3.Does She Follow Trends?
If your girlfriend always takes care of how she looks and she regularly makes you go shopping with her, you can use this to your advantage. If you look very carefully and pay attention to what she is saying you can actually choose the ultimate gift while you are with her. Of course, you should go and buy it yourself not while you are with her. You want to surprise her after all!
4.Does She Like Chocolates?
The answer to this question is more than obvious: yes, of course she does! We are not suggesting you buy her a box of standard chocolate for Christmas but you can go a bit further. You can find and customize your own pack and you can get bonus points if you throw her favorite chocolate bars in it.
How To Choose A Gift For A Man?
Men are straightforward. Do not be surprised if they tell you what they want for Christmas. All men love gadgets, so you can play safe with this. They love sports or going out so basically these kinds of people are very easy to shop for. The thing is, there are men who are simply too busy to have a hobby or any real interest. These men will make things a bit more challenging for you.
Buying things for is usually remarkably easy. Usually, dads are the ones that spend most of their time at work so they are normally not as strict as your mom is with you. Dads are cool, so you should buy them something that they really appreciate. You can start by making a list of things that he uses every day and you can maybe buy the same item that they already have but a new and improved one.
Because of his busy schedule, your dad might value it if you simply spend more time with him. Go for a walk or even fishing with him. Buy him a mug or a T-shirt that says “Best Dad in the World”, for example.
You can find a gift for your dad that is simple but meaningful. Dads love taking care of their families and they adore spending money on little luxuries for them. For this reason, your dad might feel uncomfortable when he receives the same treatment. So don’t go over the top. Find something small that your dad will really admire. An electronic frame can be a perfect addition to his office desk. Upload photos of you and your family and your dad will be thrilled when he opens his Christmas gift.
Always remember that a gift, especially the one that you are buying for a parent, does not have to be expensive. It only has to be special and bring smile to his face. Monetary value is not the be-all.
Consider what your dad likes and what he does not like when you are purchasing something for him. A great idea could be to purchase something that you and your dad can use together later. You could also consider some interesting office supplies. And, no matter what you get your dad for Christmas, be sure that he will appreciate it as it is a gift from your heart.
Choosing a gift for your boyfriend can be easy and difficult at the same time. It all depends on how you see the gift giving. Are you buying something for you, like a perfume you want to smell it on him, or are you buying something for him, a certain toy that he has been wanting for ages?
There are some other things that you have to take into consideration here too.
- How long have you been dating?
- How much do you want to spend?
- Do you want to buy him something romantic or something practical?
- Do you want to make the gift yourself?
We will help you with some ideas. First thing you can do is to decorate a jar and put special messages in it. Write down the things you love about him. If you do not want to be so romantic you could give him something practical, something that he will adore – a joystick for example. It is not important how old a man is, he will never give up playing video games. Even if he has one, they can break easily so a new one will always come in handy. Men are practical. They want things that are interesting and useful. Forget what you want; things that are popular among women are frequently not so prized among men.
Why Do We Love Giving Gifts?
Everyone loves the Christmas spirit. It might be because it is the time when we have the power to make our loved ones happy. It is a holiday with many traditions. We all remember Christmas dinners and our Christmas trees. But gift giving is the most vital part of the festive season. We can show affection and we can show appreciation in one package. It is also a time when we receive love and affection.