The Birthday Present Dilemma
It’s always a little difficult to buy gifts for loved ones and friends. When people mean that much to you, having to decide what they will truly like is difficult. More often than not, gifts end up being useless, things that gather dust, and may have some sentimental value, but that’s diminished by the lack of usability. Whether it’s for Christmas, or Valentine’s say, an anniversary, a birthday it bears keeping a few tips in mind.
Think about the person
Often when looking at presents, something might catch your eye: a deluxe whiskey set, a certain brand of perfume. If you’re thinking of buying these things, you should think again and remember that you’re shopping for someone else, not yourself. A tip to remembering is to think of things they already own that they covet, what sort of taste they have, their personality and individual style.
Make sure it’s appropriate
It’s important to remember the relationship you have with the person and consider that as a factor when choosing a gift. For instance, you’d buy your mother something like flowers, household gifts or a nice book. On the other hand, for a significant other you can buy something more romantic, like candles or cosmetics and fragrances or even jewellery.
Spending a lot may be a way to show someone that you really care about them, but spending too much can go down the wrong way. It may come across as trying too hard and make the other person feel challenged to spend just as much when buying you a gift. It also deprives you of spending time with your friends and doing the things that you want to do because you’ve spent it all on a present.
Don’t restrict yourself
Don’t think it has to be a certain size or shape. Be creative with your ideas and get something that you think will get the message you want to give across and will be appreciated by the person receiving it.
Remember to avoid gift cards. It’s a really easy way out and comes across as incredibly insincere and lazy. So if you want to show your care, it’s worth attempting to choose something. Don’t be afraid that it might not end up being what they will want. That way, even if it’s something that falls short of their expectations, it’s the thought that you put into it that will count.
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