Honestly, I LOVE making gifts! From planning what to do, actually making it and then giving it to the person and seeing his/her reaction. But, I know that thinking about a present is not the easiest thing…
Because of this I thought about sharing some of my techniques to buy/prepare the perfect gift 😉
1| MAKE A LIST OF HIS/HER INTERESTS
If you know the person you want to make the gift to well or if you at least know some of the things they really like doing (such as sports, listening to music, reading…) write them down on a piece of paper.
2| GET INFORMED/ INVESTIGATE
Now, the internet can be really helpful here since if, for example, this friends of yours really likes horse riding but you do not know anything about it, you could google specific words and look for items or info related to it. Of course you could also indirectly ask your friend if they would like something in particular or if they are missing something they really need/like, in this case you would be sure he/she will use it.
While, if you are not sure about asking them well, a little bit of “stalking” could be an idea! If, for example, he/she loves indie music but you do not know any band, looking at his/hers ipod or spotify music could be a great way to understand which band and singers they like!
3| EXPERIENCE OR MATERIAL OBJECT?
Lately it is very common to give as gift an “experience” such as a day in a wellness centre, a trip, a concert…. I think these are great options, for example in the case where your friend does not need anything in particular or, on the other hand, if you do not really know what to buy.
4| BUY OR MAKE?
I believe the answer to this question is pretty much personal. As I said before I enjoy creating stuff so it’s more likely I would choose the second option. For example, I made these for some of my travel lover friends 😉
But, I do know there are people who prefer buying the present and there is nothing wrong with it! As long as you’re happy and you know that the item would be appreciated, then also buying it would be great!
5| ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH
Besides the gift itself, I often add a personal touch, maybe by decorating a photophrame of a picture we took together, with washi tape and stickers or by making an extra inexpensive and little gift such as The Happy Thoughts Jar … anything that is linked to you and this friend of yours could be a great idea 🙂
6| DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE CARD
Maybe I’m old style but I really like seeing that the person who is giving me a present, has dedicated time to write me a card. Reading it is a special moment and I really like the possibility to read them even after a long time! At the same time, I also usually spend time writing and decorating cards, I use it as my opportunity to give my best wishes to that person or to explain why I’ve chosen that present. Okay I know, very complicated…maybe even more than actually making the present 😄 but my point is: always add a card to your present, it might not be important for you but it might be for the recipient 😉
What about you? Do you have any specific techniques you use when making a gift? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂