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4 Tips for Giving the Perfect Gift

Updated on March 12, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

People want to give their loved ones the perfect gift but like writers who come up with writer’s block, they develop gift giving block. They just do not know what to give their loved one. Here are some tips to help those who developed gift giving block.

#1. It Should Be Useful Not Bank Account Draining

Too many people are influenced by the example of those who have too much money to spend and not enough time to spend it. They want to copy the rich and give extravagant gifts like helicopter tours in NY or NY dinner cruise or some other wonderful NY experience.

These are great if you can afford them but if you can’t then you need to lower your goals and look for something that is useful. You know the person so consider the question, what do they need? The answer could come from the person’s interests. If technology is their thing then maybe a phone app computer program or something that fits their tech savvy knowledge.

Finding a gift the receiver can use over and over will keep you in their minds forever

#2. Make It Personal

In other words, let the receiver see that it is totally from you and not some shopping guide or made to order list that removes any personal thought and value. You can combine your personalized input with buying the person something they are interested in something they need or make it an event or experience. Putting you in the gift makes it all the more special.

#3. Make It Real

Don’t do a gag gift for that could backfire and end a friendship or harm a family relationship. Then don’t do what was done near the end of the television show Home Improvement. One of the boys went off to plant trees in Central America and when he returned, the only ‘gifts’ he brought were notes saying a tree was planted in their name.

Those gifts do not work. That is what you may be interested in but not the person you are giving the gift to. Keep the gift real and associated with the person you are honoring.

#4. Bring the Past to Life Again

For some people a remembrance of something special from their early life would be a significant and perfect gift. Honoring a past good deed or achievement would be two options. Another option would be restoring old photos or transferring home movies or videos to DVDs. The past is a great place to mine for the perfect gift.

A Few Closing Words

Whatever you choose or whichever tip you follow, don’t follow the crowd. Be unique, be thoughtful, be loving. Rest assured, like mother, most gifts will be the perfect gift and loved if it is given from the heart and with thoughtful care.

© 2019 David Thiessen


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    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      That is a souvenir shop

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      Pilarito Baron 

      2 years ago from Zamboanga City, Philippines

      What is that?


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