Monday 25 May 2009

Will they like my gift? A 21st century guide

The guide below will give you an insight into presents that
will be remembered long after they have been given. The
main thing to remember is that gift selection mostly
depends on your relationship with the person receiving the

Someone once said: "A hug is the perfect gift; one size
fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it". This may
have been acceptable in a different age but in the 21st
century giving a gift is a lot more complex. Try giving
your loved one a hug for their special occasion and it is
possible they may never turn that frown upside down!

Unique Gifts: With so many gifts and ideas available
finding a unique gift is probably the most difficult.
Unless money is no option it is unlikely that you will find
a truly unique gift for your loved one you will need to put
in plenty of time, effort and money if this is what you
plan to do.

A better way of thinking unique is to look for something
that will be unique for the person receiving the gift. Does
the person have some interest or hobby? In this instance a
good option will be to get them something that is related
to their hobby. The beauty of the hobby gift is that even
if it is slightly wrong, it will be appreciated because of
the thought that has gone in to choosing it. One thing to
remember is not to act like you are now an expert on their
hobby when choosing or giving the gift, you don't want them
to feel belittled or disrespected because you have done a
little research and act like you know everything about what
they enjoy.

Gifts for Men: Probably the best presents for men are tools
or gadgets. Either way they are likely to prefer them to
socks, ties or handkerchiefs (unless they really like these
of course!). If you aren't certain of what brands or
products the person likes it might be better to stay away
from male grooming presents as some men can be just as
particular about grooming products as most women (no point
buying a brand they will never use). On the whole men are
not likely to worry too much about presents they receive
but it is still a nicer feeling to know that your present
has been well received and will be of some practical use or
just plain fun.

Gifts for Women: When buying gifts for women your
relationship to the person in question is probably the most
important thing. If you are really brave try giving your
wife or girlfriend a vacuum cleaner or iron for their
special occasion and see what happens (NOTE: this is just a
joke; at no point should you even dream of doing this
unless you have some sort of death wish!). For wives or
girlfriends attention to detail is probably most important.
The gift has to make them feel like you have gone to great
effort to choose something special for her to remember the
occasion by. A good option is to stick to things she likes
but get something she doesn't already have or use (you
don't want to buy for her birthday the perfume she uses
everyday for work and buys for herself when it runs out).
For other women the same rules apply as for men. Try and
find out what they like to do then look for gifts that are
related to the subject.

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