It’s often difficult to come up with that perfect gift for someone who appears to have it all. It can also be hard to shop for someone so special that you aren’t sure how to express your gratitude for having them in your life. It can be rough trying to shop for a co-worker, new partner, or even teenager too. For whatever reason you’re struggling with gift ideas for that special person in your life, there really is a gift out there for everyone. If you’re looking for ideas that will get you thinking in a new direction for your gift-giving, read on.
Does that special man on your list suffer from a strong case of wanderlust? Does he spend his free time converting his van, making plans for his next trip to Acadia National Park, and searching for the best solar power? Has he traveled across the United States and back only to get restless? If you love someone like this, a great way to give them the perfect gift is to encourage it.
While the open road and big adventures aren’t for everyone, the best gifts are personal. If your partner, brother, sister, or mother has talked for years about traveling from one national park to the next or climbing Cadillac Mountain, it’s time to start listening. The perfect gift might be a gift certificate for accommodations at the base of Mount Desert Island. Alternatively, encouraging this love of travel could be as simple as a subscription box aimed at traveling nomads and hikers.
For those who are happiest sleeping under the stars or hiking in time for sunrise, the perfect gift likely doesn’t come in the ordinary package. From boating to camping gear, explorers are some of the easiest to shop for. A tent or hammock would make a great gift any time of year, as travelers often spend their time at home planning for the next one.
In more and more states, cannabis products are legal. But that doesn’t mean the cannabis user on your list doesn’t worry about discretion. Whether it’s because of a landlord or neighbors, many free thinkers are turning to Veil as a way to compromise and avoid complaints. If you love someone who struggles with judgment or stigma around personal choice, the gift of an odor eater might do the trick.
The fact is, the best way to give a meaningful gift is to consider the receiver. Whether you would want the gift yourself should never be part of the equation. Whether you indulge or not, your support of your loved one’s choices in all parts of life is always a great way to express your love. Best of all, it’s rare that a person doesn’t love a gift that encourages their personal freedoms.
Maybe you’re terrified. You’ve failed before and have an actual fear of gift-giving. You aren’t alone. For as long as men and women in relationships have been around, couples have told stories of the gifts gone wrong. The good thing is that there’s always room for improvement.
Before freaking out and Googling things like ‘learn how to be a better husband with gift-giving,’ take a deep breath. Just because last year’s standard gift was a fail doesn’t mean you can’t redeem yourself. Maybe your wife has made hints. Have you paid attention? Now’s the time to call on them. Maybe she’s given up on your gift-giving altogether. This year, for the next birthday, anniversary, or another special occasion, you can show your love with something as special as she is.
Ask yourself where and how she spends the most time. If it’s in a craft room painting or outside training the dogs, you have your answers. Giving a gift that adds to and encourages something she already loves is a foolproof plan. Still not sure? What about the gift of yourself.
Quality time outside of the house like dinner, dancing, or just a night out where she gets to pick how time’s spent is a gift that says “I love you” and can’t go wrong.
Maybe your girlfriend, wife, mother, sister, or friend is simply gorgeous but still suffers from issues of low self-esteem. Whether she’s beautiful inside, out, or both, you can find everything from petite dresses and flowing gowns to T-shirts that show off her spunk if you’re dedicated to looking. Instead of picking up the first thing you see, take the time to slow down and consider her style and inner beauty.
What makes her shine? Where is she happiest? What does she love most? By asking yourself these things, you’ll get closer to finding the perfect beauty gift to show your love.
When it comes to beauty, women often march to their own drum. If she’s a natural beauty who doesn’t like makeup, leave it alone. But if she enjoys getting dolled up and experimenting with makeup, a great idea is a beauty subscription box that will mean a surprise beauty delivery for her every month. A gift that keeps giving, you’ll be a hero every month long after the initial gift or occasion. When it runs out, you might find her asking you to renew it for next year’s gift.
Thinking Outside the Gift Box
The key to successful gift-giving is to be specific. Avoid gift cards to box stores or places that special person in your life already frequents. Yes, they might like trips to the dollar store for general odds and ends, but odds are that if you get a gift like this, your recipient will just use the card for household items or not use it at all. Don’t fall into this trap. Think outside the gift box.
At the end of the day, any gift you give with your full heart will go off without a hitch. Doing your research, thinking about your loved one’s passions and interests, and being open-minded about new and different ideas, will put you well on your way to finding the perfect gift. Go ahead, take a risk! What’s the worst that can happen? You never know: that special person on your list might thank you for it.