Shopping for holiday gifts can be challenging! Each year you start the process over, wondering how to give the people you care about gifts that will be special, unique, memorable, and long-lasting. It can be a stressful task and one that can be time-consuming and mentally exhausting. It's no secret that truly unique gifts are hard to find. But there are a few tips that we at Water Gallery think can be very helpful in making this process easier. Finding meaningful gifts for the loved ones in your life is worthwhile and do-able, with just a little bit of forethought.
1) Make a list of topics that the person is interested in or things that he or she is inspired by. Just sit down and write freely-- think of everything you know about that person and let the list flow. Next to each item on your list, jot down an idea for what things might be associated with each item. For example, if the person loves music, consider giving him or her tickets to a live show or concert. Or if the person loves flowers, consider giving him or her a year-long "bouquet of the month" subscription from a flower shop. A brainstorming session like this is sure to assist you coming up with a unique and personal gift for the special people in your life and the extra time you'll take to do something like this is likely to make all the difference.
2) Do some technological detective work. Start by studying the recipient's social media. If your loved one is a new mom who posts photos of her new baby all day long, perhaps a scrap book and accompanying materials would be the ideal gift. Or if that special person is obsessed with cooking and baking, check out the latest kitchen gadgets or fancy cookbooks that have just hit the market. Check out his or her Facebook. Oftentimes people will "like" pages associated with companies or products that they desire, or sometimes folks will even tag friends to check out items that they want. Another great place to start is perhaps someone's Amazon wish list. What a nice surprise it will be if you pick up that special something on the list that they never even mentioned that they wanted!
3) Think about upcoming needs in that special someone's life. Perhaps your loved one is hosting an upcoming dinner party or special event in his or her home. Consider buying him or her a special decorative piece for the dining table to make the event all the more beautiful. Or maybe that person has a planned vacation coming up and needs a great piece of luggage or gift card to an exciting restaurant in the city he or she is visiting. Have a sister starting medical school? Put together a "med school survival kit!"
4) Make it personal. Think of an experience you and he or she shared together in the past-- perhaps a trip you went on together. Put together a photo album of pictures, ticket stubs, and memorabilia from that trip. If you have the ability, make something for someone-- bake a selection of sweet and savory breads; knit a scarf; write a funny or touching poem.
5) Make it charitable. These days, many companies give a portion of their proceeds to charitable foundations. Do your research and seek out organizations and products that "give back." Or think about the causes that are important to that special someone-- perhaps he or she loves animals or was deeply affected by a natural disaster that occurred. Donate to a meaningful charity in that person's name-- it will undoubtedly affect him or her deeply and be a gift that he or she will never forget.