Let’s face it… People can be really hard to shop for. I find my mom really easy to shop for but my brother really hard to shop for. Shopper’s block depends on lots of things, including your relationship, how much stuff someone has and how much stuff someone actually wants to have. Maybe they’re nomads and don’t want a lot of stuff. Maybe they’re the type of person who buys anything and everything they want, leaving nothing on their wishlist come Christmas time! Whatever the case may be, here are some tips to help you be a great gift giver!
Give Them What They Really Want
The people close to you will often tell you what they want for Christmas or birthdays, especially kids. Getting someone what’s on their wishlist is the best way to please them. If you’re shopping for someone you spend a lot of time with but doesn’t give you a black and white wishlist, take note of anything they say throughout the year. People often mention it when they see something they like or would like to have. Try to pay attention even though it’s January… or April… or July… so that come Christmas time you have at least a few ideas!
TIP: It’s a good idea to keep a little Christmas List notebook with items listed under all your recipients’ names. You can add to this throughout the year. It will make your life a lot easier!
Shop All Year
If you do your shopping all year long instead of just in December, you will have so much more time to shop for quality, thoughtful gifts and find good deals all year long. Always be on the lookout. That way, when you realize a birthday that you forgot about is tomorrow you will be able to put together a meaningful gift because you had a stash of gifts waiting in the closet!
Shop For Them, Not For You
It’s really easy to give things to people that YOU actually want – I am absolutely guilty of this and always have been. I got my mom a stuffed pink bunny for Easter one year when I was 9 because that’s what I wanted to get. Try instead to give them something they want. Imagine that YOU are that person and you are buying a gift for yourself. What would you buy for yourself if you were that person? That is the best way to choose a gift for someone in my opinion.
Make It Personal
Giving a meaningful gift is much nicer than running out and buying something at the last minute just for the sake of giving them something. There are lots of ways to make it meaningful. Let’s get to it!
- First of all, hobbies are a great way to shop for people. Even the most obscure interests have really cool items for sale if you dig around a bit. Finding unique items makes people feel like you really tried.
- There are so many personalized items available online nowadays! You’d be surprised at what you can get engraved, painted, embroidered, etched, carved, or printed. Check out my ever-expanding list of really great personalized gift ideas here.
- Shop handmade! Supporting actual people in the world is so much better than supporting corporations, don’t you agree? Etsy.com is my absolute favorite website ever. It is chock-full of artists of every genre from all over the world – handmade things are easy to find locally, as well.
- Adding a few thoughtful items to a gift can make all the difference. Drop a hunk of amethyst into the box if the recipient is into crystals. Put a small bottle of frankincense in there if they’re into essential oils. Put some locally made loose leaf tea in if they like that. Throw in small favorites for whoever you’re shopping for! Chocolate bars, lip balm, and other things that get used up over time. Write a personal note in the card. Do a beautiful wrapping job. Add any personal touch that you can. Make them feel loved and appreciated!
- DIY! Get your craft on and wow your friends and family by making an awesome gift and/or card all by yourself! (or with the kids) These personal touches can’t be beat!
Please don’t forget about farmer’s markets and local shops! Support the people in your community by purchasing locally made goodies! You can find bath products and lotions, baked and canned goods, teas, knitted things, pottery, art, handmade cards, and much more.
When in doubt, give them cash. It seems so boring, but almost everyone would be super happy to receive cash. That way, they can buy whatever they really want! Or maybe they’re stressing about money and would rather receive help paying off some bills than receive actual gifts.
I hope you found some tips in this post to help you be the best gift giver you can be!
Leave a comment if you have any additional tips!