The upcoming holiday seasons means that within the next few days, chances are that you will be looking for ideal gifts for your family and friends. The challenge for many is making sure that the gifts don’t look too generic; that you actually thought about the person when you are purchasing it. Doing this needs a bit of thought before you actually go shopping. Fortunately, there are some ideas you can use to ensure that whatever gift you get for a loved one, it will actually be personal and special to them. Some of these include:
Listen to them
When you buy gifts without giving the process too much thought, chances are that some of the recipients will end up with gifts that they don’t actually like. In such cases, the phrase “it’s the thought that counts” is usually used to justify this, and encourage the recipients to appreciate the gift. If you want to avoid this, you should consider listening to the people you are getting the gifts for if this is possible.
For instance, if your child has been excited about a particular gaming console for a long time, you can opt to buy it for them. Being surprised by the gaming console that they have always dreamt about will definitely make them more excited, and will make these holidays a lot more special. The limitation to this is that you need to have spent quite a lot of time with the individual, so as to know what items they prefer.
Get third party opinions
Another way to get someone a more personal gift is by consulting third parties that are close to the person you are buying the gift for. For instance, if you are not close to someone and want to buy a Christmas gift for them, you could talk to someone close to them if the two of you are friends or family members. They could have invaluable information, so that you don’t end up getting gifts that are insulting or which they would feel are inappropriate.
Get the gift personalized
Getting a gift personalized will definitely show the recipient that you were indeed thinking of them when you were getting it. In the past, personalization was an expensive affair depending on the method you decided to use. For this reason, gifts were personalized for very special occasions.
Technologies such as laser engraving have become a lot more affordable these days, and some companies will even do it for free subject to terms and conditions. Engraving a gift is best done if the gift is made of a material that can be engraved, such as glass, metal or some types of hard plastic.
In the example of the gaming console above, you could ask the retailer to have it engraved with the recipient’s name, or even a quote related to the holiday event. If the retailer does not offer these services, you can consult third parties who can do this for you at reasonable rates. Many people are usually very surprised at how cheap engraving can be, so don’t be afraid to give it a try by thinking that you will spend too much. The trick is to find an engraver who has a lot of experience, preferably with evidence such as photos or samples of work they have done in the past.
Making a gift more special to someone is not rocket science; you only need to put yourself in their shoes and then figure out what they would want most. The above-mentioned pointers are some of the tips that can be used to achieve this goal without having to spend an astronomical amount of money.