Thinking about Christmas can give you that nice warm, fuzzy feeling or you could find yourself feeling antsy about getting the right present. You could that takes the fun out of giving and receiving gifts.
Make an event of it
Think of novel ways to give gifts without packaging them in boxes and wrapping paper. For instance, send them a treasure map leading them to the gift or put a gift card code in one of their favorite books. Or, you could sew gifts into a giant stuffed orca killer whale toy so they should do a surgery on it to get the gifts out.
Turn the event into an experience
A good example of turning an event into an experience would be to take something they love and let them have a different experience of it. If it’s a certain book they love then you could get her tickets to a movie or play. Create a mystery game or a scavenger hunt and turn your gift into a story that will be told for years to come.
Find the person’s interest
List everything you know about the person and what they like. Take each item on the list and think of exciting gift ideas. For example, the person might love bacon, instead of buying them actual bacon you could get them a book on bacon inspired recipes or some kind of kitchen contraption that turns ordinary bacon into something extraordinary.
Look at the person’s past for inspiration
Remind them of their childhood by getting something they really loved when they were younger. Frame a picture of them when they were graduating or remind them of a seaside holiday you took by sending them a gift with seashells. Someone who loves pets might even love a reminder of a much-loved dog who passed away.
Find out what the person’s needs are
Ask yourself what it is they need that would make their lives a little bit different. A nursing school student might find a nursing kit useful whilst a busy businessman might need something to help him manage his time better. That should be easy since we live in an age where there’s a gadget for everything.
Look for Clues in Social Media
Find alternative ways to learn about what the person likes. Stalk their social media posts if you have to get personalized gift ideas. Most online shops like Amazon have wish lists. Read more here.
Personalize your gift
Create something that will identify the gift as uniquely yours. It can be anything from a painted symbol, a poetic verse, a song, etc.
Give them a gift that will make them laugh
Remember when grandparents would send you five-dollar bill as a gift? Try changing five dollar into some obscure currency like the Vietnamese Dong or the now defunct Zimbabwean Dollar.
Donate to Charity
Give to a cause that is important to your gifted. Make a donation to a charitable organization in their name.
Having done all these things, you might have to think of more novel ways to surprise the person next year and they might also take the time out to think carefully about what they give you.