There are a number of occasions every year where we buy gifts for people and yet, it never seems to get any easier to pick just the right one. Even with a hard and fast deadline (like, say, a 5:00 closing time on Christmas Eve), do you find yourself pacing up and down the aisles unsure of what to buy? Here are some tips that might help:
What Are the Person’s Interests?
Knowing this can help immensely. However, it can also be a double-edged sword. For example, if you know the person loves movies and has a lot of them, how can you be sure what to buy? The solution is to talk to them about movies without letting them know why.
Think About Their Life Situation
Buying for the “person who has everything” certainly isn’t easy. But what if the person needs some things that they either cannot afford or have simply not acquired yet? Think about items in that category. There is nothing wrong with a gift that is practical, rather than flashy.
Drop Some Hints
This can be a little tricky when talking with the actual person. However, there is no reason that you can’t discuss it with their friends or family. Also, see if they have a Wish List on Amazon or other websites.
Think About Your Connection
Whether it is a friend or family member, you have some kind of connection or common interest. Think about how that bond could translate into a gift.
And once you have that gift, don’t forget the fun…
Make It Special…and Strange!
Throw the person off by taking your practical gift and hiding inside something truly weird that they would never buy! It can be a lot of fun watching how they try to be polite, while also not wanting to seem completely shocked at the same time.