Did you know that gifting other people can make you happier than splurging on yourself? Yes, science has proven that ‘to give is better than to receive’ is not a myth. And if you want to get in on the giddy feelings that result from gifting, all you need to do is to understand the recipient. The selection process is the hardest part of gifting, stressful even. Some people will tell you what they want; others will hint it while others will let on that they do not want anything. And you have to get something for each of these people in your life. Anniversary gifts are even harder. What can you use to show that special someone that being with them is a source of joy? That every day you get to be with them is worth it, and you would do it again and again? How can you get gift-giving, right? Read on to find out:
Figure the recipient out
The first step lies in understanding who you are dealing with and what appeals to them. Set some time aside to create a list of their interests. The list can be as long as you want it to be. Suppose everything seems to lead back to cooking, then you can use this interest as the basis of the gifting. From aprons to cookbooks to gift baskets, there is a lot you can do with this interest. Make such a list for every one you hope to gift and use it when narrowing down on gifts.
Gifting is not only about the present and the future, but it also touches on the past. Suppose you are having dinner with your family, what can make this moment all the more special? You could frame a photo of your loved ones and present it to them. You could also recover lost footage of happy times and play it at the end of the dinner. Find something that will evoke feelings of nostalgia and warmth and use this as a gift.
Focus on their needs
While gifting is often about people’s wants, it could get better by emphasizing on their needs. Maybe your son is leaving for college and is yet to settle down in his new place. What will he need to stay comfortable while he is away from his loved ones? A mini-fridge would be a great addition to his dorm room. You could also get him a backpack to help him move with ease from one town to the next. Sometimes, fulfilling a need is the best way to surprise your loved ones in the gifting season.
How about some stalking?
It could be that you know very little about the recipient; it happens. Maybe this year, you have a secret Santa theme, and you ended up with a colleague with whom you have never interacted. Take some time to look into them. You can start by talking to other people who are familiar with the recipient. Be careful not to appear as snoopy when digging for information, and know when to stop asking. The last thing you want is to spook the recipient or have them know that you are looking into them. You could also use social media to get to know them better. Maybe they spend a lot of time hiking and are always raving about a need for better shoes. Surprising them with a pair would earn you major points.
With these tips, giving a gift will not be much of a hassle, and you will positively impact someone’s life. The good thing is that you can always rely on these tips, regardless of the occasion at hand.