A sure way to make the recipient happy!
Yikes! It’s that time of year and you need to get holiday gifts. You want to get something they like, but it’s not so easy to figure that out. How much do you spend? Should you make sure they can return it? Does it have to come from a department store?
Well actually none of these things matter. Giving a gift is all about letting the recipient know how much you care about them. It’s not the material gift that is important, it’s the message that you are relaying that’s significant.
I interviewed a woman in California and asked her what was her favorite gift that she received. She said: “My favorite gift from my family was everyone got together and they performed my favorite song in the living room. It meant so much to me because I knew everyone was so busy but they came together and practiced the song and even my husband sang too. The memory was priceless!”
Another favorite gift was when a granddaughter took a picture of her grandparents intertwined hands. Shortly after the photo was taken, the grandmother passed away and the granddaughter gave that photo to each of her parents, aunts and uncles. Needless to say that was the best gift ever!
3 Tips On Picking The Perfect Gift
1. Give a memory. Be creative, it could be a poem you wrote, a performance that you put together. It could even be a surprise picnic or bringing in a friend or family member to spend time with the recipient. These are the memories that last a lifetime.
2. Make it personal. People love to receive gifts that are personal. Anything with their name or photo on it will be a hit. Try to be unique, if your father-in-law loves fishing, personalize his photo or name on a product along with a fishing tagline that describes his love for the sport. A granddaughter took a photo of her and her grandmother holding hands. The photo was just the two hands. They asked me to sublimate it on a metal print and it was one of the most heartfelt and profound gifts the family ever had.
3. Give a gift of convenience. If you know someone who hates to cook, give them a certificate for cooked food to arrive at their house, or a food box subscription. A one year subscription to Netflix, Hulu or Apple TV is great for a movie buff. If you know someone who is having a hard time buying groceries, a gift card to their favorite grocery store would be great. You can put the gift cards in a cute container with a sweet note saying that you want to give them a gift that would make their life more enjoyable or easier.
Just remember that any gift you give will be special when the recipient knows you thoughtfully gave their gift from your heart.