We’re are usually buying gifts for a special and merry occasion, but nothing can ruin that good spirit than spending hours browsing presents and waiting in line to buy them just to see the disappointment in your recipient’s eyes. If you want to avoid that by all means, keep this in mind: getting a present has more to do with the person’s soul than the price tag. To pick a meaningful present for your loved one, here’s what you need to consider:
Many people think that a gift needs to be a totally unexpected surprise, but it turns out, it’s always better to give someone a present that they’ve told you about before. According to research, people genuinely appreciate gifts they asked for more than those that are a complete surprise. So forget about what you think they might love and choose what you know they love. It’s all about being a good listener.
Don’t worry about the size
Your gift should show the recipient that you love them and care about their happiness since actions speak louder than words. However, most people choose to show their love with an expensive price tag or huge size of the gift instead of thinking about what makes the person truly happy. Let’s say your partner loves watching movies. Instead of getting a big LED TV that you know nothing about, you can get them a movie pass, a subscription to Netflix and a popcorn machine—it’s much more meaningful yet less expensive.
Take a handmade route
Taking a store-bought route is not always the best idea. There’s was a study in 2015 that concluded that people prefer receiving homemade items from their loved ones, and gift-givers are willing to spend almost 20% on a homemade item versus store-bought. Why? Well, it turns out that homemade items show that the person loves you more, and expressing love is what gift-giving is all about. And you don’t even have to go new—a family heirloom is a deeply meaningful gift.
Flowers are always a good idea
Flowers are a timeless and very personal gift that never goes uncherished. However, they usually last for a short time and end up in the garbage. To avoid that, you might opt for a potted flower that can grow with your loved ones and provide them with a lot of joy day after day. If you know them well and understand that they can’t keep a plant alive for the life of them, you can choose a gorgeous everlasting rose in a jar that will stay fresh and perfect for a year or even more. This rose can grace their coffee table, bedroom nightstand or even home office, so they will always be reminded of your love and care.
Bring up good memories
A person’s life is their personal story. Everybody came from something, has been through things and is heading towards even more excitement. So make sure your gift has a story to tell as well—where it came from and what purpose it has to fulfill. You can also get a present that will remind the recipient about your shared story. A souvenir that reminds you of your shared adventures, a common interest and even a reference to an inside joke is all very thoughtful.
Give experiences, not things
Items always have monetary value, but experiences have an emotional value that is more meaningful. Gifts like concert tickets, zoo passes or gallery openings provide you with a chance to connect more with your recipient. And you don’t even have to share the experience that the gift provides to strengthen the bond. Experiential gifts have a particularly special meaning for kids, so doing something with your child instead of simply spending money on an item will build priceless memories that will stay with them for life.
Don’t forget the presentation
If Christmas presents were wrapped in white paper or even left unwrapped, 50% of the holiday magic would be completely lost. So, when giving a gift, make sure to impress with your presentation as well. Wrapping will be destroyed in a hurry, but the anticipation will make your gift even more amazing.
Gift-giving is not an exact science, but these tips are 99% foolproof. So next time you’re supposed to grab something special and thoughtful for your loved one’s special day, remember these tips and you’re going to kill it!
This guest post was graciously provided by Diana Smith. Diana is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in alternative medicine and latest DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.