Whether you have been invited to a baby shower or are getting ready to celebrate an anniversary, choosing the right gift for a loved one can be an incredibly stressful experience. After all, you don’t want it to appear as though you walked into the store and grabbed the first item you laid your hands on – as the best gifts are often those with a lot of thought behind them. Furthermore, finding the right gift can be made even harder if you are working within a tight budget or aren’t sure exactly how much you should spend. And unique gifts always stand out while being appreciated!
However, there are various ways in which you can go about taking the stress out of gift buying. For example, if you are participating in a gift exchange, you can set a pre-agreed budget ahead of time so that you don’t have to worry about the amount you spend or whether or not the other person spends more. Alternatively, you can help make the buying process easier by focusing on the individual themselves – and finding a gift that matches their interests, hobbies, or personality – as opposed to looking for something generic.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to choose unique gifts for a special person in your life.
Buy them something they need.
The best gifts are those that are actually useful to the receiver, meaning that they will not simply be set aside in their home to gather dust. As a result, you should try to find a gift for your friend or loved one that you know they need or will use in the near future. For example, if they are moving house, you could purchase new furniture on their behalf, or give them a voucher to spend at a shop of their choice. Alternatively, you could try and take a sneak peek at their amazon wishlist or subtly ask them for things they’d like to receive in the run-up to the event. Sometimes, you can figure out what kind of gifts your friends need by simply listening to them.
When choosing unique gifts, focus on their hobbies.
Hobby-centric gifts are another great choice, as they show your friend or loved one that you care about their interests and passions and actually listen to them when they are talking. Thankfully, there are various ways in which you can support their hobbies through gifts. For example, if they are culinary whizz, you could sign them up to local cooking classes in a style of cuisine they haven’t worked in before. Alternatively, if they love driving and spend a lot of time behind the wheel, you could help them pimp their car by buying them private number plates.
Make them something.
As a child, you likely made plenty of arts and crafts gifts for your family. However, homemade gifts continue to have a lot of meaning into adulthood – therefore, you should not be afraid to make a gift for your friend. After all, this means that the present will be truly unique and tailored around something they like. For example, you could put together a scrapbook featuring pictures of your favorite memories together.
Gift an experience.
Sometimes, the best gifts cannot be wrapped or stored in a gift bag. For example, if you are on the lookout for a unique gift for a loved one – you could gift them an experience such as a vacation or a fun day out for the two of you to enjoy together. In fact, there are plenty of different experiences to choose from – so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and come up with something truly unique. For example, you could focus on an activity that your friend has always wanted to try out but has never had the chance to do before.
Make your own vouchers.
Homemade vouchers are another great choice of gift for all occasions – but could be particularly useful if your friend or loved one is expecting a baby. For example, as they will be busier than ever taking care of their little one, they may find that they do not have the time to keep on top of their daily chores. As a result, you could gift them vouchers that they can ‘cash in’ whenever they need help. This way, they will not feel guilty for asking for support as you’ve already made it clear that you are happy to provide for them. For example, you could put together a voucher booklet for tasks such as laundry, washing dishes, or even cleaning the entire house from top to bottom. This is also a great choice of gift if you’re working with a small budget, as it will not necessarily cost you money – just time.