A few years ago, my brother gave me an Xbox controller for Christmas. It was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Ever. Now, I love to play videogames, so a basic controller would’ve still been a nice gift. But this wasn’t just any controller, it was a hand-painted, totally customized controller that my brother worked on for weeks! Apparently, he snuck it outside to paint when I wasn’t home. And to prove I appreciated it so much, I think I cried when I opened it… but yeah that’s just an embarrassing tidbit of the day!
I’m sure you’ve felt that similar joyous moment, when you received the best gift ever. And you know what’s more satisfying than getting an unbelievable present and happy tears? Giving someone an unbelievable present and being responsible for those happy tears!! So I wanted to share a few tips on just how you can do that. I know, I know… there’s really no right or wrong way to gift, but here are some things you might want to consider:
1. Identify their personality.
You wouldn’t want to give your introverted bestie, who hates big crowds, tickets to a rock concert. Even if tickets to a concert sound awesome, that might not be so awesome for everyone on your list.
2. Get crafty.
Ok, I may be biased after that Xbox controller, but creating something for someone really shows them that you care because you took the time to create a one-of-a-kind gift. It doesn’t have to be complicated either! Hey, why not try a quick DIY jeweled wallet for your stylish friend. *wink wink* Super easy.
3. Take a walk down memory lane.
Nothing is more personal and thoughtful than giving a gift that is only applicable to you two. Inside jokes, unforgettable adventures, secret stories; all that applies here. Said something pee-in-your-pants-funny? Print it on a t-shirt or engrave it on a picture frame. Are you the only one who knows about your friend’s obsession with pillow pets? Get her 5!
4. Stalk their Pinterest.
My mom did this to me. Twice. And it was awesome! When I opened the pinned gifts, I was like “I don’t know why this looks so familiar… wait. How’d you know?!” My mom could read my mind through the internet; I got something I really wanted, but didn’t have to ask for it.
5. Be a good listener.
This means listening to someone when they tell you what they need in addition to what they want. They will be pleasantly surprised to get a nice new pair of headphones that actually work properly. AND they will appreciate that you remembered when they told you how lame their old ones were, like a month ago.
6. More is always more.
Everyone loves to open multiple gifts. 2–3 presents per person is a healthy number to go with. Just remember to stick with one main gift and the others can be smaller, less extravagant (but equally joy-inducing) things like candy, socks, $10 gift cards, nail polish, etc.
7. Make memories.
For those people in your life who aren’t into material things, gift them an experience instead! Treat them to an unforgettable dining experience at a restaurant they are dying to try. Take a small road trip and pay for gas and a meal. Get dressed up and see a show in the city. It’s a way for you to enjoy the gift too! Win, win.
8. Ask them!
Although some of the best gifts I’ve gotten were surprises, other people know what they want and don’t want to be surprised with something they’ll just stash away in their closet. So to avoid getting them the wrong thing and trying to fish for hints just be like “yo, what do you want this year? I got you.”
Okie dokie, there you have it. This list can definitely apply to all your gift giving scenarios year-round! Good luck and remember to have fun!
Enjoy the rest of this holiday week and of course, stuff your faces, my friends!