Holiday gifting can be stressful. We often put pressure ourselves when selecting gifts for friends and family by trying to come up with the "perfect" gift idea. The good news? You can get the perfect gift without being overwhelmed and frustrated. Here are three ways you can become the most thoughtful gift-giver in town.
Listen and Take Notes
Want your gift to be remembered for seasons to come? Get them something that is not from their holiday wish list. Gifts on wish lists are obvious things that people are going to expect to receive. You know what’s delightful? Opening a gift that you didn’t even think someone would know to buy you. It’s the thing that your sister mentioned in passing several times or that you always see them drooling over when you’re shopping together. It's a way to improve their daily life or solve a problem. (Does she always misplace her keys? Is he always complaining his wallet is to bulky in his back pocket?) Listen and take notes all year long and you'll be armed with the intel to get them something special.
Give Them an Experience
If you struggle with those hard-to-buy-for people on your list (it could be your 19 year old nephew or your in-laws who seem to have everything), consider giving them an experience as a gift. What about tickets to a concert to see their favorite artist, a gift card to their favorite restaurant, cooking classes, or art lessons? Wrap up a certificate explaining what the gift is and rest assured they will be thinking of you while they are enjoying their activity.
Give Them Your Time
Sometimes, the best gifts only cost your time. Has your sister always admired how you can sew? Invite her over and give her a lesson. Take your niece to a pottery class. Pick up your grandmother and head to a reading by her favorite author. Spend the afternoon teaching your daughter how to cook one of your family's traditional recipes. The real gift is you choosing to spend quality time together –a gift anyone close to you will appreciate.