How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Someone

There’s an art to great gift-giving. Like magic, a thoughtful present can lift a mood, improve (or repair) a relationship, mark a milestone, or even help someone through their darkest hours.

According to Greater Good, an online Berkley publication, giving benefits the giver too. Giving makes us happy because it releases “feel good hormones”. It boosts our self-esteem when we are able to make someone smile and promotes our health.

Giving also increases our gratitude by reflecting on doing something nice for someone you are thankful for. When you give, you form strong emotional bonds with others which are important for socialization.

Finally, giving is contagious which is satisfying as you watch the chain reaction you started.

🤔 How Do I Find the Right Gift?

Giving is a wonderful thing for a multitude of reasons like those mentioned above. But that doesn’t solve the problem of how to choose the perfect gift for someone. Here are some suggestions for finding the gift that’s just the right fit:

1. Put some thought into it

So, you’ve got an anniversary party to attend, and you want to buy the ideal present. Really? In a day?

Giving the perfect present typically requires thought – more than just mere hours.

Sure, you might luck out and run across the best gift ever tucked away on a dusty shelf in a keepsake shop or the greatest gift ever might jump out at you while searching for a present at the mall, but something so important is usually best NOT left up to chance.

Tossing around thoughts should begin when a good time before the occasion you’ll need it for.

You can roll around ideas throughout the year for presents that you give annually, such as those for birthdays and holidays.

2. Question everything

When choosing the right gift for someone, ask yourself questions.

What are their needs? What are their interests? Is there something you’ve heard them comment on such as wishing they had more camping gear or adding to their cookbook collection?

What to they like to do? What do they like to eat or drink? Consider their interests, hobbies, and personal style and let your wheels turn.

3. Keep notes

Throughout the year, keep notes on those you will be giving gifts to at some point such as for a birthday, Christmas, etc.

Perhaps you’re out shopping with a friend and she eyes a figurine for her collection or a picture for her wall, jot it down.

When at your mom’s house for dinner and she fusses about not having enough serving dishes, write it in your notebook.

Maybe you overhear that your dad is running low on fishing lures. Take note. It’s the little, thoughtful things that make gift giving special.

The more observant you become to what the people around you need and want, the better gifts you’ll be able to choose.

4. Consider your budget

Another important factor to consider is your budget.

Make sure you have a clear understanding of how much you’re willing to spend before you start shopping.

This will help narrow down your choices and keep you from overspending.

Staying within your budget is courteous to yourself, your bank account, and to the person you’re buying for.

5. Consider their lifestyle

Choosing a gift is easier when you consider the person’s lifestyle. Are they a homebody or an adventure seeker?

Do they like to spend time in the kitchen or explore the outdoors?

Knowing these details can help you narrow down your search and makes it hard to go wrong because there are a multitude of gifts you can give someone who is an avid coffee lover like a personalized mug, a coffee bean grinder, or a monthly coffee club subscription for example.

Tip: We have an entire section dedicated to helping find the perfect gift ideas based on what the recipient likes

6. Heartfelt

Giving should come from the heart and when it does, it shows.

By giving a meaningful gift, you eliminate the drama and competition some encounter when trying to choose the perfect gift.

Whether it’s a DIY scrapbook you make them, a basket of baked goods, soccer mom supplies, or a special delivery of flowers or candy, if it’s a token of your love and appreciation of them, you’ve aced the perfect present.

By considering the six suggestions above, choosing the ideal gift should be a lot easier. Don’t get wrapped up in ruining the occasion by being too perfectionistic though because all in all, the best gift is the celebration of that special someone and the actual present is just icing on the cake.

Cheryl Jerabek
Cheryl Jerabek
Cheryl is a professional writer that has been writing ever since she could hold a crayon. She has authored over 200 fiction and non-fiction books for teens and adults (both credited and ghost-written) on a wide range of subjects. Cheryl also writes blogs and articles on various topics and themes. Residing in a small mountain community in Southwest Colorado, Cheryl draws her inspiration from the gorgeous scenery, her 2 adult children, and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, party and event planning, and hanging out with family and friends. “I write so you don’t have to,” is Cheryl’s motto.

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