It’s an age-old dilemma we run into from time to time and with the holiday season approaching you may be feeling the pinch again. What do you get for the person who has everything? This problem is much harder than it needs to be. If you can remember a few simple strategies you might never have this problem again.
The first thing you need to do is identify who you are buying for. Are they a techie, a foodie, a book lover, a fashionista, or a sports lover? If that still doesn’t spark your creative gift giving juices then here are a few more things you can do to feel inspired.
Bosses Coworkers and Acquaintances
Gifting these people can be really challenging. The problem is you don’t really know them on a intimate level. Because of this you don’t want cross that unspoken line and offend them by giving them a gift which says more than you intended to. Stay on the friendly side with a nice personalized gift.
I recommend something in the novelty arena. Gifts that show people you care and take notice of the things they show interest in. Take the personalized mug for example. It’s a simple yet classic gift that should fit within the budget of the company Christmas gift giving and is hard to get wrong.
You can add personalized pictures or messages that will make the person feel appreciated. It’s really hard to take offense at a personalized mug as long as the messages are respectful. It’s also an item that is useful, can you say morning coffee!
I had a neighbor, an elderly man, who loved the classic car he owned. He invited me to a car show where he was showing off his ride. I took a picture of the him with the car at the show. That Christmas I was planning on giving him a gift. I decided to give him a custom mug. I printed the picture on the mug and gave it to him. He seemed to love it! It was a simple gift, but it felt priceless.
Good Friends and Family
When shopping for someone close to you I recommend going for the sentimental gift. These types of gifts are great because it takes creativity and effort to make them. With a little thought and a little love these can really pay off.
The Compilation Gift.
Compiling gifts together in a care package is a nice way to say you care. For example, if the person you’re gifting is a fan of tea you can spend time putting together a care package full of unique teas for them to try. This will keep them using the gift throughout much of the year. This works with all types of gifts; like coffee, cocoa, wine, dried fruit or anything else you can think of. It doesn’t just have to be consumable items.
The Homemade Gift.
If you’ve got a creative side or talent you can make a memorable homemade gift. When it comes to homemade gifts I like things that are practical and useful. I had good friends make me a huge beach towel. They sewed two large towels together to create a cocoon like changing station for the beach. The towels were premium quality and the gift was made with a lot of thoughtfulness. It was honestly one of the most memorable gifts I’ve ever received and I still use it regularly. I’m an avid surfer so it is really useful.
As a general rule I recommend keeping gifts for family and close friends around or under $50. This will avoid any unnecessary feelings of stress about money when it comes to them giving you a gift back.
Spouses and Extremely Close Relationships
Gifting your spouse can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to gift ideas for someone who has everything. In these cases giving away your time and talents could be the best choice. Every relationship has its difficulties. For some finding quality time to spend together can be a big challenge. Think about what you’re working on to improve your relationship and give a gift which helps the process along.
For men out there looking for gifts for your wife, if you give women gifts which are romantic you can rarely go wrong. Romantic getaways, flowers, and freeing up time for her to do what she wants never gets old. Giving the gift of time can show a heartfelt “I love you”. Arranging a weekend at a romantic bed-and-breakfast and leaving your mobile communication distractions at home could be a big step in the right direction.
And for women, think of what your man geeks out over. Maybe it’s playing the guitar, or cycling, or playing computer games. Whatever they have a deep interest in, buy a unique accessory that enhances that hobby. If you don’t know what to get head down to the specialty store and ask the sales clerk to help you out. They will usually point you in the right direction to get something that the guy will love.
I hope these ideas help you find the perfect gift for that person you’re shopping for. Think of who they are and what they life. Then evaluate how close your relationship is to that person. That will determine how much money you might spend on the gift. Finally, pick something that is thoughtful and something they will use. Gift giving should be fun so don’t stress out too much for finding the “perfect gift”.
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Mikkie Mills is a Chicago native and mother of two. She often blogs about crafts and other DIY projects like how to make a custom hot cocoa mug. Connect with her on Google + or on Twitter (@DollarHacks).