The art of gift-giving has always been tricky, full of pitfalls and unspoken rules.
Do you go for the flashy, desirable gift or the practical one?
Is Cash a faux pas or a lifesaver?
In this casual exploration of gifts, we’ll dive into what matters when giving the perfect present. And if you’re still in need of inspiration, try the “That’s Interesting” gift ideas app for unique and thoughtful suggestions tailored to your recipient.
Mind Reading is Overrated: Ask
The simplest way to give a great gift is to ask the person what they want.
Studies show people appreciate gifts more when they’ve explicitly asked for them.
So save yourself the guessing game and reach out before you hit the shops.
Gift-givers often fall into the trap of choosing something exciting but only sometimes useful.
Recipients, on the other hand, tend to prefer practical gifts they can use.
So when in doubt, opt for something that will make their life easier or more enjoyable in the long run.
Cash: A Double-Edged Sword
Economists have long been concerned with the waste generated by gift-giving.
Cash is considered the most efficient gift because it has the same value to the giver and receiver.
However, Cash isn’t the most sentimental choice.
Instead, consider a thoughtful compromise: Ask for a wish list or pick something practical they’ll use often.
Avoid gifting items that require a significant commitment, like a pet.
While the initial excitement may be undeniable, the long-term responsibility can quickly turn a thoughtful gift into a burden.
Experience Over Stuff
Gift experiences rather than physical items.
A day trip, a concert, or a cooking class can create lasting memories and keep their space manageable with more stuff they may not need.
Step Into Their Shoes
When choosing a gift, think like the receiver.
What would they appreciate? What are their hobbies or interests?
The more in tune, you are with the person you’re gifting, the better your choice will be.
The Practical Safety Net
If you are stuck and need help with what to give, opt for something practical.
And if you still need help, there’s no shame in giving Cash or a gift card.
They may not be the most sentimental options, but they ensure your gift won’t go to waste.
The perfect gift is an elusive concept, but by keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to making someone’s day.
Remember to ask, think practically, and focus on the recipient’s wants and needs.