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How To Chose The Perfect Gift
Everyone has experienced it. You’ve purchased a gift which you think will be amazing, lovingly wrapped it and present it with an excited grin on your face, only for the recipient to look up, surprised, before mumbling ‘oh, that’s nice’ with a fake smile. What went wrong? The best gifts to receive are those which are truly memorable, both because they are useful and something the recipient truly wanted or because they are thoughtful, significant, and something they would never have bought for themselves.
When considering a potential present, ask yourself an important question: if they asked you, would you be able to explain why exactly you had chosen that particular present for them? Would the answer be convincing and realistic? The reason needs to be a positive one, flattering to the recipient if at all possible, and likely to make them smile. The presents which are truly appreciated are the ones which suggest some real thought and effort went into their choice, because they make the person feel loved and cared for. A heartfelt small unique gift which has deep meaning will be much more loved than any expensive item which is just the new ‘big thing’ and bought simply for that reason. If you know your recipient likes cute, kitsch accessories and you think to buy them a brooch or photograph frame matching that description they are sure to love it more than a pricey alternative by some top designer.
Secondly, try shopping somewhere different. There are hundreds of online retailers all selling similar stock. Taking the time to find something unusual will also make it more meaningful. The special people in your life will appreciate the gesture of taking the time to find something that is really special to them. It is important to keep the personality of the recipient in mind when buying for them, not to just buy something you would like for yourself – unless of course it is for your best friend and you have similar tastes! Likewise, avoid the conventional, stereotypical gift. Those boxed cheese selection sets or letter writing kits available in the supermarket might be appropriate for a colleague with whom you have little personal relationship, but for a family member or friend you are supposed to know well, it can even come across as a little insulting. Part of the importance of the gift is the fact that you have considered their needs and found something to match. Giving a generic holiday gift does not do that at all.