Finding the perfect gift for someone special in your life can be borderline traumatic. What if they hate it? What if it ends up gathering dust in a drawer and you wasted all that money? We know that it can be a difficult decision. Every person in your life can be so different, appreciate different things and have polar opposite interests to you.
That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of a few broad ideas you can jump back to when your Mom’s birthday rolls around and you finding yourself scratching your head once again.
Going chemical-free and eco-conscious is a huge trend that almost everyone is buying into in 2021 – and for good reason. This makes it a great and easy gift category to dive into.
You can adjust this concept based on what the person’s interests are and what the occasion might be. Someone who’s conscious about their skincare would love items like natural goat’s milk bar soap. A friend who’s moving out for the first time might appreciate some natural and organic cleaning products. Non-toxic and vegan scented candles could be a great option for your bookworm friends who love to cosy up with a candle for their reading time. The options are endless.
Do you know how some people just love the sound of their own voice? A lot of people love the look of their own name too. Or their initials, star signs, MBTI type, you name it. Personalised gifts are often a hit, and you can make them really special too. Think mugs and hats with favourite quotes or inside jokes printed on them, Christmas decorations featuring photographs of loved ones or even pets, and jewellery with their initials – these could all be great gift options when you’re feeling stuck.
This is not specific to your friends and family that love reading. A book could be a great gift for almost anyone. Reading is a fantastic habit to encourage in those you care about, and it could be for any topic pr reason.
Gifting a copy of a novel that means a lot to you could be a really great and sentimental gift for someone close to you in your life. Additionally, books exist on almost any topic you could come up with, which makes it easy to make this specific to your loved ones. Consider looking for books about a sport they love, an autobiography of someone they look up to, religious books for your spiritual friends or recipe books for the food lovers in your life.
We all need to eat to live – and a lot of us live to eat too. Food-related gifts are bound to be a hit with almost anyone in your life and this category has a super broad spectrum too. DIY food or meal kits could be a great option for experimental foodies (like make your own hot sauce or truffles).
Consider luxury items of something you know they love – coffee, chocolate, gins or even cheeses. You could even show them how much you care by cooking them a special meal, baking them something decadent or purchasing a spot in a cooking class for you to attend together.
Hobbies are gifts that keep on giving. Helping your friends invest in a hobby they love is a great idea for a gift that you know will absolutely be appreciated. Contribute to their craft collection, stock them up on yarn, purchase some seeds or gardening tools, or help out with whatever hobby you know brings them joy.
Alternatively, you could get them kickstarted on something you know they’ve been wanting to get into and yet haven’t had the time or money to invest in just yet. This is a great gift that will show you care and listen, and help them out in achieving something you know they really want to. If this gift is for someone close to you, you might even join in with them on their new journey and make things twice as sweet.
Lighten Their Load
Sometimes, a practical and genuinely useful gift is the best kind. If the person you love has a big expense coming up that you know they’re dreading or tends to struggle with certain bills, it might be an uncommon (but kind) gift to help them out with one of those expenses. This will often be appreciated far more than useless trinkets that they don’t really need.