Coming up with good, thoughtful gift ideas
This can be a chore at times, especially if you don't enjoy shopping and gift giving. Or maybe you just want to be a more th0ughtful gift giver. These tips will help get your creative juices flowing so this can be an easier, more enjoyable process for you.
1. Plan, plan, plan. Doing your gift shopping in advance gives you the time to find something really thoughtful. Life happens, but being organized enough to know what's coming makes this process a lot easier.
2. Ask yourself questions about the recipient. What are their hobbies and interests? What's their stage of life (i.e., a college graduate, new parent, new homeowner, retiree, etc.). Are they practical or creative? Do they travel or prefer to stay at home? Have they ever expressed a desire or interest to do something, go somewhere, or try a new experience? Are they an introvert or an extrovert? What colors do they like? What gifts have they appreciated in the past? What do they hate?
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3. Ask a friend . When I'm really stumped for a gift idea, I'll call a good friend and ask them what they think I should get. Some of my best ideas have come from friends and family members. And it's so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of.
4. Pay attention at parties and gift occasions. Watching other people open gifts might not be fun for everyone (I have to admit I sometimes find wedding showers tedious). But you can really gather some good gift ideas even if you just tune in for a little while. And you could always ask the guest of honor which gifts they really loved and why.
5. Go "browsing" at stores when you don't need to buy a gift . My husband would rather die than go browsing around a mall for an afternoon, but I find it relaxing. I love window shopping and some of my best gift ideas come to me when I don't need to buy a gift at all.
6. The Internet is your friend. Just by going to a search engine and typing in "gift ideas" will yield a lot of results. But don't stop there. Check out Etsy, GiftBee, Gift Stumped, Givers Log and Uncommon Goods to name a few. There's a lot of creativity on the Internet, you just need to take a little time to find it.
7. Keep a running list. I keep a notebook in my purse with lists and notes of various things. But I jot down gift ideas as they come to me. And if you prefer paperless, I'm sure there's an App you can find for list making and note taking.
Do you have any tips for coming up with good gift ideas? How do you brainstorm thoughtful gifts that will be appreciated?
One further thing before I go. Credit for this article goes toward Physical Success Inc. They're a top-notch boxing gear shop operating out of FLORIDA. The concept for this post came to me while talking to George there. One thing led to another and we ended up discussing this issue in greater detail. Anyway, check their website out at http://physicalsuccess.com. That's all for the moment!
Posted in Clothing Post Date 09/30/2015