Raise your hand if you have ever been to the mall on Christmas Eve doing last-minute shopping for gifts. Getting a good gift can be hard and stressful. And when you shop last minute you often purchase a basic gift like that is not very memorable, or even worse, you purchase a gift the receiver doesn’t want.
This year let’s avoid the awkward smiles people put on when they get a gift they don’t like. Instead, let’s get gifts that are memorable and will leave a lasting impression. Getting a good gift doesn’t mean breaking the piggy bank open. And it doesn’t have to be stressful. Getting a good gift requires time and communication. We all have that gift that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. It could be your favourite book that was signed by your favourite author, or a surprise visit from family out of town. No matter what it was, there is always a gift that stands out. Here are a few easy-to-follow tips for getting a gift that leaves lasting memories.
Fulfill a Need
Fulfilling a need can come in different forms. It can come as a practical gift or filling a hole the receiver doesn’t know was there. You shouldn’t underestimate the power of a practical gift. For instance, if the person you are getting a gift for complains how cold they are during their morning commute, perhaps get them a warm winter jacket, or a quality pair of winter boots. Do you have a friend or family member who loves or wants to learn how to cook? Perhaps get them a knife set, or even cooking lessons.
Spend Time, Not Money
Put some time into the gift. Think about the person you are getting the gift for and what they like. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy the gift. Start thinking well in advance of the gift you want to get. Show them you know who they are and what they would appreciate. There are some people who may not want a physicval gift, but maybe they want your time instead. Why not surprise them with a weekend getaway or visit them during the holiday break. Just like with giving practical gifts, another awesome way to have a memorable impact without spending a lot of money, is to give of your time. Most of us are so busy these days, but we can all appreciate when a loved one gives us their time.
Share an Experience
Some of the best gifts are ones that can be shared with the people closes to us. Similar to putting in the time, these gifts involve social interactions. There are sites like Groupon that have loads of activities you can do as a group. Try getting a group spa reservation in Blue Mountain, or doing a virtual dance lesson. Yoga is another fun and active activity you can do together.