gifts, gift ideas, how to, blog, gifts for her, gifts for himShopper’s Block

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!list, christmas, gifts, gift giving, ideas, blog

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? 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!personal, notes, gifts, small, gift ideas, tips, blog

Shop local!

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!

How To Be A Great Gift Giver!
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7 thoughts on “How To Be A Great Gift Giver!

  • October 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    This is a very cool article to read. I just made a friend, who will be having a birthday party soon. I haven’t really known her that much, (we’re taking same bus every morning), she invited me to her party. I would really love to go but don’t want to attend her party empty handed. I am worried though what kind of gift should I bring. I don’t exactly know what she want or need. It might be a bit too much though if I make something personalized/customized or even a DIY. I think she might think it’s weird….

    • October 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Nerissa! I definitely agree that personalized gifts are better for people close to you. If you don’t know her very well, I would recommend to bring something small so you don’t feel like you’re going to the party empty-handed. Do you know of anything at all that she likes? What is her age range? I will try to list some ideas below.
      Maybe you could bring a bottle of wine; this is a pretty acceptable gift for someone you don’t know well… or someone you know very well!
      You could get her a nice birthday card and put a gift card inside to your favorite local shop. That way it’s personal without being personal.
      You could find a nice mug and include hot chocolate, coffee, tea, or some chocolates inside.
      Flowers or a small potted plant are great gifts for someone you don’t know that well.
      Fresh baked cookies might be a good idea as well, especially since it’s a party!
      I hope this helps you out a little bit. Let me know if you need some more help!
      Thanks for the idea. I will create a category for people you don’t know that well! 😀

  • October 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Briana, the Christmas list notebook is a great tip. Shopping all year is another great tip. Personalized items are a great idea. I’ve always had trouble shopping for my parents because it seems like they already have everything they need. You’re right, if we just listen to what they’re saying they will give us ideas. I also agree that cash is always good.

  • October 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    This is a beautiful and very thoughtful post.

    Thanks ever so much for creating & sharing it with the world =D

  • October 27, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Great tips. ‘Shop for them, not for you’ is so important. My in-laws are terrible about getting me things they like, not things I would like.

  • December 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Hi there

    This is a great post, I have to say it was rather great to read. Giving people what they really want makes such a huge difference and makes relationships so much better. Thanks for this


    • January 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Hi AJ,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of things like this, even if it seems like common sense!


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