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When it comes to gifts for friends and family for birthdays or special occasions it can be hard to decide what to get, even if you
know a person really well. Sometimes you feel like they don't need anything and you can't add anything to their life with what you
buy. If this story sounds familiar then read on for some motivation and inspiration.
Whether it's a gift for your friend, relative, or partner you want it to be a perfect gift, that is one that speaks to them and fits neatly
with their interests. A perfect gift is one that is on the mark, but how do you achieve this?
It doesn't happen by accident, you don't just magic the idea out of the air – although admittedly that does happen sometimes.
It's better to generate the idea using a mindmap. Write the person's name in the centre and start to brainstorm.
Consider their personality
The perfect gift for someone is not just one that accords with their interests, it should also speak to who they are as an individual.
The next step on the creative journey is to take some of those abstract ideas and make them more concrete.
If you’re writing that your gift person loves music then the obvious choice is an album, the album you choose will depend on their personality and taste – this is a very personal choice. If they enjoy smoking, get them some Arturo Fuente cigars or some other quality cigars from a Florida Tobacco Shop.
Consider handcrafted gifts
If you know a person well it could be an excellent opportunity for a handcrafted gift. A handcrafted gift might not be an expensive
choice but it certainly wins in the sentimental stakes. These gifts show that you've been paying attention to your friend or loved
one and you value their company.
Examples of handcrafted gifts that work well include photo albums of your times together, scrapbooks, and friendship necklaces
and bracelets – these gifts are ones that are truly special.
Include a letter
If you want to combine a great gift with the sentimentality of a handcrafted one then consider including a handwritten letter with the
bought item. A handwritten letter is a personal touch that carries meaning and something your friend can keep forever.
When you craft your handwritten letter, don't make it too long-winded, it will start to lose its effect. The best way to write is to put everything down you want to say and then edit out the bones of it so it's clear, elegant and concise.
Something they Wouldn't Buy Themselves
A lot of the time, people want things that they would not purchase for themselves, either because they don’t need it or because it is too expensive. That, or they may feel as though they don’t have a lot of use for it so there isn’t much point. These are the kinds of things that you want to purchase as a gift. It might not be justifiable in their budget, but it’s justifiable in yours as a gift. An example of this would be something like humidors. Nobody really buys one for themselves, but lots of cigar smokers want one.
Gift an experience
Often the perfect gift isn't an object but an experience. These days people are moving away from the idea of a gifted object that only
carries so much meaning in favor of an experience that can be lived, photographed, shared, and remembered.
Gift experiences include things like meals at fancy restaurants, working with animals in some capacity, thrill rides like ballooning or driving, and luxury spa days. These types of gifts are always appreciated and make the perfect gift for many people.