When struggling for gift ideas, it can be easy to rely on generic gifts like socks and mugs, but these often aren’t very meaningful.
Here are a few gift ideas that are certain to be appreciated.
Consider their hobbies and interests
If the person you’re buying for has a hobby or interest, you may be able to buy them a gift related to their passion. Some hobbies can be hard to buy for as they may require specific knowledge, in which case you may be better off buying gifts themed around their hobby. This could include a guide book on classic cars for a petrolhead uncle or youth football jerseys for a nephew that loves sports. You may even be able to combine hobbies and interests such as a cat-themed baking apron for an aunt that loves baking and cats or a Disney-themed horse-riding helmet for a niece that loves Disney and horse-riding.
Share old memories
You may be able to find a way of reigniting happy memories that you shared with the recipient. Photographs are often the most effective way of doing this. Instead of opting for a framed photo, consider creating a hand-picked photo album or building a photo collage. You could even get a photograph blown up and printed on acrylic or canvas for that special someone. Alternatively, you may be able to find a gift relating to a private joke or a place you both visited – it could be a simple souvenir that means little to anyone else, but a lot to you.
Personalize an item with text
For a bespoke gift, you could personalise an item with a message or initials. This could involve engraving a message into a piece of jewellery, having a message iced on chocolate or embroidering an item of clothing. There are services that can do this for you, although you may know a craft such as knitting or cakemaking that allows you to do this yourself.
Buy an experience
For the person that has everything, an experience can often be the ideal gift. This could be something active or thrilling such as a hot air balloon ride or a supercar driving experience. Alternatively, it could be something more leisurely like a wine tasting event or a theatre trip. You can buy experience for discount prices by purchasing pre-organised experience packages. Alternatively, you could plan out your own experience.
You may be able to find a gift with a practical use. If somebody needs an item but cannot afford it, you could consider joint-buying the gift with several other people – this is a gift that’s certain to be appreciated. This could be anything from a cutlery set to a new laptop. Many people avoid practical gifts because they may seem less personal, but if they’re something that the person needs, you know it’s going to be a gift that gets usage.