Do you want to hear cheers and applause when your friend opens his birthday present? Do you want everyone to ask you where you bought your mother that original gift? Then follow our tutorial to become a perfect gift giver and enjoy buying gifts. Respect the 10 golden rules and you will succeed:
1. Set a budget
The budget depends not only on the money you have but also on how many people participate in the gift, the type of event that is celebrated, and how important it is for the honoree. When you set a budget you can more easily define the type of gift you have to buy.
2. Keep in mind the importance of the event
Especially how important it is for the honoree . Some people celebrate birthdays in style, others give more importance to Christmas… some even still celebrate saints. But to buy a detail you do not have to celebrate an important event, spontaneous and unexpected gifts are very exciting.
3. Respect your friend’s tastes
Before you buy anything, consider the style of your friend or family member . Look at the things he usually buys, what his favorite colors are, the type of house he has, his hobbies… If you know him well, buying a gift shouldn’t take a lot of work. If you don’t know him, investigate, ask and find out.
4. Jot down ideas throughout the year
If you browse the Internet frequently (who doesn’t nowadays) and see a gift idea for any friend or family member, don’t miss the opportunity and use your browser’s bookmarks to save the page and collect ideas . Bookmark managers like Pocket are also very useful , allowing you to organize your bookmarks and consult them from any computer. When a birthday arrives, all you have to do is take a look at your favorites list: it’s like a letter to the wise men, but made by you.
5. Look for ideas: brainstorming + Internet
Organize a brainstorming meeting or make a Whatsapp group among those who participate in the gift . So everyone can contribute their ideas. Then buy what you want. You can also get ideas from the Internet, there are websites specialized in gifts such as Curiosite , where you can search for ideas according to the recipient (girlfriend, children, ex, grandparents, mother…) or by outstanding events (Christmas, weddings, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day… ).
6. Do not give too practical things
Don’t bother giving too practical things that you probably already have. save it. As a general rule, everyone takes care of their own needs. And if you are going to give him something standard, like socks , unless they are original and different, so that you know that he is not going to have them.
7. Give decorative objects only if you are sure
It is important that you are sure that the person who is going to receive the gift likes what you are buying. Because, even if you think you know your friend perfectly, decoration is something very personal . A painting, some cushions, a wall calendar… If he doesn’t like it, he’ll have to put it up when you go to his house and he’ll end up hating you. So, unless he has asked you for something specific or you are 100% sure that it is his style, do not give him anything decorative.
8. Ask him directly what he needs
This is an extreme option that you should only follow if you are desperate or if you have a lot of trust with your friend. The advantage is that you will be right for sure . The disadvantages are that the surprise factor is non-existent and that your friend will surely forget who gave him that gift that he liked so much.
9. Make creative and original gifts
Your gift does not have to be something material. You can also design something yourself, buy theater tickets or organize a surprise party or trip. In short, you can give experiences . After all, the gifts that are remembered the most are the most original and creative. And for some idea of how to deliver these gifts in a creative way, visit our blog post that talks about it.
10. Wildcard gifts do not fail
These gifts are not that they are very original, but if you have no ideas, with them you are always right . Buy your friend who loves gardening a plant, or your geek friend from a saga a themed lamp, or any traveler in your life an original backpack to accompany them on their adventures. If you know someone who has everything, you can always give them useless things, and if you have someone in your life who never buys anything, you know what to give them…any everyday thing like breakfast cups or socks.
So now you know, if you don’t know what to give or how to choose the gift, follow these 10 steps that we have explained to you and you will see how you will find something that the lucky one will love.