It can be easy to find gifts for a specific occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or Christmas. But sometimes there is no occasion. Sometimes you just want to buy a gift for no particular reason, other than to show that the recipient is special to you. There are always flowers and chocolates of course but if you’re looking for something a little more unique it can be tricky. The following are our top tips for finding the perfect gift for everyday situations.
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What Is Happening in the Recipient’s Life?
The first place to start is to look at what is happening in the recipient’s life right now. Are there any issues they’re dealing with? Have they found a new interest? Have they acquired a new pet? Tailoring your gift to individual needs and interests is incredibly thoughtful. It shows that you listen to them and that you are paying attention.
What Are Their Hobbies and Interests?
Hobbies and interests are a great source of gift inspiration. You can buy presents that are directly related to that hobby. However, this can be tricky. You’re unlikely to know exactly what equipment and tools they own already. Also, if it is a specialist hobby or interest a certain amount of knowledge may be required. This may take a little thought. Look for more general items such as books or DVDs that offer insight into the subject. Or, find a gift that is indirectly related to that hobby. A horse rider may enjoy a bag or lunch box with a horse motif or humorous quote. An athlete may enjoy some toiletries to help ease aches and pains.
Buy a Practical Gift
Practical gifts are sometimes misunderstood but are often appreciated. Kitchen appliances, gadgets, tools and even beauty accessories can save time. If they are related to a particular hobby or help in that person’s job, then this is even better. Shop around and find the best product by using a service such as toptenselect.com.
Give your Time
Rather than a physical gift, think about giving your time. If the recipient is busy and stressed, offer to pick up the kids or cook them a meal. If there is something they hate doing, offer to do it for them. This may involve spending a couple of hours gardening or helping them with their accounts.
Buy an Experience
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If you’re struggling, then buying an experience rather than a physical gift might be the solution. We all acquire a lot of ‘stuff’ over the years. Our houses can become cluttered with books, DVDs, accessories, gadgets and ornaments. Rather than adding to this think about an experience gift instead. This could include a short break for the two of you, a spa day, a driving experience or a subscription to a cinema or museum.
Whatever you buy, the most important thing is the thought that goes into it. If the recipient knows that you thought carefully about their life, hobbies and needs, they will be touched. Receiving a gift is always good. Receiving a gift for no particular reason is even better.