I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “it’s the thought that counts.” When choosing a gift for someone, the key is to be personal. This can be tricky if you do not know the person very well. Some people will expect you to spend money on them, while others will be more than happy with that sentimental well thought out gift. The following tips will spark you to brainstorm the perfect gift.
Inside Jokes – Do you share any inside jokes with someone that could spark a gift. Perhaps you could collect associated items together and tie it all together in one piece. Make sure the person has a good sense of humor, because if that person expects a serious gift, then this gift giving plan will backfire.
Custom Made Based on Interests – Does this person have an obsession that you could harness to create a gift? CafePress allows you to create custom clothing and accessories, including T-shirts, iphone cases, coffee mugs, golf balls, clocks, and much more. You can add text, photos, and various images for your item, and get it custom made and shipped fast for a perfect custom made gift. Even if you’re not good at the custom gift, you cannot go wrong with CafePress. Of course if you’re a crafty person and good at the the homemade gift, then make something based on that person’s interests.
Photos – Photos are a great way of preserving memories. If you have a photo with someone, you can blow it up, perhaps create a panorama, and get it framed. Taking the time to get a digital photo printed and mounted in some form these days will show that you care about that memory. You do not necessarily have to get the photo framed for a gift. You can get it printed on an iphone case or coffee mug for example.
Expressing the Need For Something in Recent Memory? – If the person is unlikely to be satisfied with a sentimental gift from the tips above, you may need to go shopping for a conventional gift. Make sure you buy something that the person will use. If that person said that he or she really needs a camera, then your best bet is to go out and buy a camera. However, if the person is a photographer, you do not want to get that person a camera, because you know that person will be really particular with cameras. The trick here is to make sure that no one else you know is buying that person a camera, if it’s that person’s birthday or Christmas, where other people also buy gifts for that person. Sentimental gifts can also supplement a conventional gift.