Gift giving Tips

Asha Desh By Asha Desh, 19th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How to choose gifts for friends and family during the Holiday season.

How to choose a gift.

It is that time of the year when "Gifts" are on almost everyone's mind. While giving and receiving gifts is not restricted to this season, it is however the season when it is heavily observed. Many people from all walks of life indulge in this act. The universal question is "What should I gift"?. This however, should not be the first question, but the last question in a series of steps, leading to the actual gift.
To begin, ask yourself a few questions about the person for whom you are buying the gift.

1. Who is this person ? How close am I to this person ? How often do I interact with this person on a regular basis ?
Interaction does not necessarily mean meeting the person on a regular basis. It could be someone geographically miles away, yet in communication on a regular basis. In this age of social media and technology, this could be achieved in a variety of ways.
Depending upon the answer, the chosen gift should be a meaningful expression of how much they mean to you. How much, is not a monetary measurement. A personalized CD of their favorite songs, or a collage of their favorite pictures may mean more than a store bought gift.

2. What are their tastes? Does he/she like practical or non practical gifts ?
Practical gifts could be a collection of their favorite brands of coffee, wine or a subscription to their favorite magazine. If this person enjoys cooking , get them a something from Pampered Chef. If they like eating, get them a year's subscription to their favorite gourmet club .Non practical gifts could be a collector's item of their favorite sports team, which could just sit on a desk for them to show off. For people who like to go out, tickets to a concert or a dinner and movie are good ideas.

3. What does he/ she collect and how can you add to their collection ?
If they collect figurines, try to get them something to add to their collection. Just make sure you are not duplicating something they already have.

4. What are their hobbies ?
An avid reader may appreciate a gift card to a book store. An athlete may like a gift card to a sports store.

5. What gift would stand out and make him truly appreciate your gift ? Is he or she someone who has everything ?
Customized gifts are ideal for such people. Consider getting something that is of personal value to them. Some people who are blessed with a lot in their life would appreciate , something simple, like a bottle of their favorite wine or a canister of their favorite coffee, along with a note informing them that a contribution has been made toward their favorite charity .

6.Trendy gifts.
In some ways these are the easiest gifts to find. There is always something in the market that is new and trendy every year, to suit all budgets. Pick up any of these for ones with whom you regularly exchange gifts.

7.Finally, consider a balance of both budget and time spent in choosing a gift.
If you are shopping for an office party, where the budget is pre set and the receiver is selected randomly, it is not worth spending too much time on selecting the gift. Just pick up something generic.

To make holiday shopping easier, start early. Get familiar with the stores. Consider online shopping. Listen to family and friends and make a note of things they say wittingly or unwittingly. This will give you an idea as to what to get for them.

Merry Christmas

Finally, always remember, it is the thought that counts.
Have fun shopping .
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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author avatar Asha Desh
Freelance writer. My genre is a mixed bag . My articles include Reflections on life, Humor with meaningful messages, Travel, Light reading and Fiction.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
20th Dec 2015 (#)

Very tmely tips! Happy holidays to you Asha.

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author avatar Asha Desh
21st Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
19th May 2016 (#)

Useful tips for giving gifts.

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