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Gifts have played important roles in some cultures from the past until present. Giving gifts is not only about culture, but it is also about attention to others. You don’t always purchase gifts with expensive price. Your attention can be shown on how appropriate you present the gift to the person.
It takes a lot of time for most of us to choose gifts for others’ birthday or any special occasion. My husband and I could take hours or even weeks to browse the mall to search the best gift for our sons and relatives. There is always confusion or uncertainty about which thing we would give as a present. The work will be better when you know the person closer. Here are 10 tips to choose and give gifts you will need to follow
10 Tips to Choose and Give Gifts
Have some conversation to find out what the person wants
We will be happy when we see the person receives the gift feel happy with what we give them. If you don’t have hidden purpose behind giving gift to others, looking happiness reflected from the face our voice of the person will be the aim of giving gift. Therefore, before you purchase a gift for someone, try to have a chat with the person and listen to what he or she wants to have either directly or indirectly. Make a conclusion of the wish and try to search for it.
Observe the person’s daily life and see what the needs
A gift is not always something that make a person happy as he or she wishes. It can be something that he or she needs. Try to brainstorm the needs of the person. Think about:
- Things to eat
- Things to read
- Things to wear
- Things to use at work
- Things to display
Check out any recent trends that might be suitable for the person
A gift might be things that neither a person wishes or needs, but it can a trend that you think the person you are going to give will love or need it.
- Go around the online or real shopping centers.
- Be alerted when you read magazines. The inspiration will turn up anytime.
- Try to imagine their response getting the gift.
Determine your budget
Before you do searching and thinking about the gift, it is better for you to determine how much money and time you are going to allocate to purchase or to get the gift for the person. You should stick to the limit of the budget. There should be many alternatives to get the gift. If you find something that you want to purchase and it doesn’t meet your budget, don’t be hopeless. Try to see what others offer. You might get the same products in other merchants.
Searching the items online
In the past we will go around the shopping malls, department stores, and book stores to get gifts for some persons who have birthday in a month. There were more time to spend to get the rught stuff I wanted to purchase. Today, there are a lot of stuff to see online. I might not want to purchase online, but I can get inspiration for the stuff I am going to purchase for gift. Even when I cannot purchase from amazon.com (as Amazon cannot deliver things other than books to Indonesia), I like browsing Amazon.com to get inspiration for gifts. Once I get something that I want to purchase, it is the time to look up in the local store. Although they are not identical things, at least I get the gift idea faster than going around.
Certain gifts might be more suitable to purchase offline
Some surprise of food and flowers are usually better to purchase offline to prevent them being rotten and to give you better quality. Please consider further if you can get better quality of items with the offline purchase.
When you purchase gifts to persons offline, think about how you are going to keep the item until the time to give comes. Some items might need more careful treatment.
Don’t forget to prepare the wrapping tools or packaging
It often happens that I forget to purchase the tools to wrap the gift. Here are some things that you might need to collect:
- wrapping paper
- gift tag
Get prepared with the tools and materials so that you are going to enjoy the wrapping time.
Wrap The Gift in A Special Way
To make the gift looks more interesting, you can make the wrapping special. Here are some ideas of wrapping gifts that you can follow.
Write a card with message
What makes a gift different from just purchase something for someone is the written message tagged in the wrapped gift. Even when you give a gift for babies, parents usually will read. The tag can be a prayer, a congratulation, a greeting, etc to the receiver. Write your message on the best paper you can provide with tidy handwriting. If you put the message under you children’s name, they can also attach special DIY drawing on the gift.
Gifts are not always purchased
There are some gifts that you might not have to purchase. You can also teach your children to give attention to others by giving gifts that they don’t need to purchase. Here are some examples:
- DIY Arts and craft
- DIY food
- Flower from the garden
Do you have a giving gifts culture? When do you usually giving gift to others?
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