We have all been there, pulling our hair out trying to find the perfect gift for whatever occasion is next on the calendar. Whether they are a notoriously hard person to buy for, or you just don’t know how to say it best, buying the perfect gift really shouldn’t be so difficult.
Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Celebrations, Christmas…when does it end? Even worse is if you come from a large family then presents seem to have a regular spot on the monthly budget. How do you strike the right balance between finding the perfect gift without breaking the bank?
You don’t want to be seen as the cheapskate of the party, but neither do you want to be seen as going OTT. Present buying can be a minefield but fear not because we are here to make this process a whole lot easier.
Presents for Him
Hopefully, you know the person well enough to have an idea of what they like and what they don’t like. If you don’t then ask somebody that does and ask for suggestions that you can work off.
If you are looking for someone that you are close to, then you can play this one of two ways. You can either simply ask what they want and you put money to it, or you can surprise them. Material objects are good, but experiences are even better and something that can never be lost or put away in the loft.
The next time you are tasked with finding a present for a sports mad guy, why not buy tickets for a tour of his favourite sports club? You will find that prices can be surprisingly cheap and good value for what you actually get.
Presents for Her
Depending on how you look at this, buying for a girl is harder than buying for a man. However, the same principles apply here and you should really put some thought into this.
If this person is of romantic interest to you, then something personal will make for a far better gift than any expensive material possession. Most women love pictures and the memories that come with them, so why not make a collage consisting of pictures of you or that holiday that she loved?
Of course, you can rarely go wrong with a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates which, if you are lucky, you might get to share!
Are you searching for a present for a celebration such as a wedding, anniversary or graduation? If so, then the best presents for these occasions are something that adds to the party. We’re talking champagne, wine and other luxury gifts that they will enjoy.
If the celebration is for life events such as a baby, moving house or a new job, a small keepsake is much better than a big present. If you are celebrating the birth of a baby, an item of clothing will be perfect, while a good luck card will be okay for anyone with a new job. Good housewarming presents include glass and tableware for loved ones moving house.
These are the worst to buy for because it is such a sad occasion. Nobody wants to ever think about losing a loved one, but it is something that we all have to contend with in our lives.
Helping with arrangements is better than any gift that you can give, as this is a time when friends and family come together to support one and other. Helping to organise items such as flowers for the funeral and invitations will allow others more space and time for themselves during a difficult time.
Hopefully, these suggestions will help you on your way to finding the perfect present whatever the occasion.