As much as the majority of us would concede to the fact that we’re generally quite bad at picking out presents, it’s a skill which can actually be acquired and is just not that hard to master. If you follow a certain set of gift-giving principles, which may or may not have origins that are deeply rooted in science (and art), you’ll never go wrong again with finding the perfect present.
Start Planning Long in Advance
This is where most people get it wrong by way of trying to pick out the perfect present. If your loved-one’s birthday or whatever special occasion you want to choose a gift for is tomorrow, you’re way too late. Perhaps even a week in advance is too late. What you want to do is perhaps make a list of all the gifts you’ll be compelling yourself to have to buy during the upcoming period of twelve months and then start planning the gifts accordingly. People’s birthdays don’t change for instance and thanks to the likes of social media, you know exactly when such special occasions will be, whether it is indeed a birthday or even something like an anniversary.
You don’t have to go ahead and stock up on the gifts during this planning process, unless of course you can get a present which is not sensitive to the effects of time. Planning ahead in this way otherwise just gives you ample time to really take your time and pick out the perfect present because you can factor in considerations such as exactly what it is that could make the lives of those for whom you’re buying presents easier, etc. What it also gives you is ample time to save up for those gifts which are a bit more expensive and also you have a lot of time to put some serious thought into it and coordinate any activities which would perhaps form part of something like a surprise party or anything of that sort.
You could even be sourcing a present from overseas and perhaps even having it hand-made. Planning well in advance for such is the only way through which you can make it happen, really.
Make it Personal
You know exactly what it is that your loved ones are truly fond of, so use that to personalise any present you pick out for them to make it the perfect gift. Some rather generic presents could otherwise be personalised as well to make them that much more personal, such as adding a hand-written card or having a video made in support of the present.
Making a present personal goes beyond just that however — it must just embody something which is shared between the two of you. It must contain that element of “only so-and-so would understand” to truly make it personal. Like only your best friend would be clued up about something like who your favourite footballer is and so they’d proceed to have a football jersey of your favourite team printed with the name of your favourite player, for instance.