Friends can lift you up, make you laugh and join you on adventures. When birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions arise, it’s important to get something that you know they will love. This can be a hard thing to decide, and it can easily become stressful. Here is a step-by-step guide to choosing the perfect gift.
1. Plan Ahead of Time
If you know it will take hours to scroll through Amazon or walk down the aisles of local stores, save yourself the stress and plan ahead of time. Don’t forget to check theto see how long it will take a gift to send if your loved one lives far away. Now that you know what your time window looks like, you can avoid last-minute gift searching.
2. Start Brainstorming
Now, start looking. Take a few minutes each night before bed pinning things to an idea Pinterest board, or start making a list. What does your loved one like? Are there hobbies, TV shows or interests that could spark some ideas? Don’t feel limited to buying expensive gifts. Homemade gifts can mean just as much or more than a store-bought gift. Keep your own talents in mind as you think about what they would want.
3. Get Their Opinion
If you plan ahead, you can start doing some detective work. Ask your loved one what things they are in need of or wish they had. Start asking more questions about what they like to do and learn what things they could use to develop that hobby or interest. Some people are bold and ask upfront what their loved one wants.
4. Get Something You’d Enjoy Receiving
If nothing seems to do the trick, try getting somethingfrom someone else. Find products or gifts that will be well-used or loved. If anything, get something that your loved one wouldn’t normally splurge on, such as body care or clothes.
Whatever you get, help your loved one know that it comes from the heart. Now get started!