The holiday season is a time of giving, but it should be about thoughtful giving. I don’t believe people put a lot of thought into the gifts they buy their loved ones. People are stressed out and want to finish their holiday shopping, so they will buy products on sale, give money, or gift cards. Instead, we should should spend more time thinking about our loved ones. I really love getting and receiving very personal and thoughtful gifts. I can tell when someone has put a lot of thought into a gift and it makes that gift SO much more special. Thoughtful gifts don’t require you to spend a lot of money, you could bake your loved ones favorite dessert or write a meaningful card.
There are a few steps I go through to figure out what gift my loved ones would really cherish. I typically plan for someone’s special occasion a month or more in advance. It is important to plan ahead because then you have a lot of time to think about the gift before you need to purchase it and if you decide to purchase something online, shipping won't be an issue. Below is the process I use to buy or make a thoughtful and creative gift for my loved ones.
Write down all of the qualities, interests, emotions, and anything that reminds you of the person you are getting a gift for. For instance, if I know one of my friends is really stressed out, loves candles, and yoga I will write that down.
2. Focus on What Would Best Serve that Person
Really spend time thinking about the person you are buying a gift for. Figure out what kind of gift they would appreciate and cherish. Did they tell you they wanted something a few months ago that you could surprise them with, are they really stressed and in need of a massage, do you knit and they love cozy sweaters, or are they really interested in mindfulness and you found an amazing book about meditation.
3. Set a Budget
Have a price range in mind, all the parts of a gift can add up and become very expensive. Maybe instead of getting someone a massage at a spa, you could get them a self-massager from Amazon for much cheaper.
4. Think of a Theme
I LOVE themed gifts, it is very easy for me to think of a cohesive gift when there is a theme involved. For instance, I have done self-care themed gifts that have bath salts, body butter, a candle, etc. If they told you they really want tea, you could get them a bunch of fun teas to try, a mug, and a tumbler.
5. Shop Around for the Gift
I look at a bunch of different stores, boutiques, Whole Foods, and Amazon before I buy a gift. I know that it sounds weird to buy someone’s gift at Whole Foods, but they have a lot of high quality personal care products. Shop around to find the best price and quality.
What is your process for buying or making thoughtful gifts?