Need Help Figuring Out All Those Gifts?
Have you been thinking and thinking of what to get everyone on your gift list? Are there some people who are impossible to shop for? Are there some you KNOW will return your gift, no matter what you get? And what about the person who really seems to have everything and needs nothing more? What about those living a minimalist lifestyle?
Here are some suggestions to make your gift-giving dilemma easier. It might help spark an idea that you can use or give you exactly what you need to get out there and complete your gift giving task.
Listen for cues all year long - if they mention something put it on your list to get it for them. If they are working on something and are making do without a tool they can use, put it on a list to give them. I do this and people get a pleasant surprise at gift time! This last Christmas I gave a CD/DVD read/write device that plugs into a laptop, after I heard that one of them had a CD they could not listen to, and the other orderd some DVDs to play here but could not at their home.
For the person who has everything – give an alternative gift, of a donation in his name – to a charity or a good cause. Many people find it heart-warming to receive a card which states he is named a contributor toward a fund. Just be sure it's one he has a good feeling about – don't give a cow to a poor family in a third world country, if your gift recipient has any ties to a country which considers cows sacred. Use common sense, or perhaps give him a choice of 3 to pick from and complete the donation afterwards. Or give a gift certificate – he can choose something at his leisure and when the mood hits him.
For the very picky person – the one who always returns your items and complains every year – get a gift certificate to a store you know she has in her town. Make it a generic store of an interest she has – perhaps an upscale clothing store, or another store, or a computer store. You might just give money, as well. You could go ahead and take a chance on buying something – but make sure it's easily returnable and from a store she would shop at and is in her area – keep the receipts.
Teach your children to make gifts for others – there is nothing like a gift from the heart. This skill is all too often lost these days, and we must bring it back. Kids need to feel like they accomplished something and be proud of what they can do. Most people appreciate this, and if they don't – they are too highly dependent on "things." You might even find it to be relaxing and wonderful to make your own gifts, too. You can make a painting, a liqueur, cookies and treats, gift baskets, pasta, a recipe booklet, something you can sew, a craft item, or something that goes along with your skills.
If you are determined to figure out what to an entrepreneur – business opportunities, learning tools and programs, leads, business tools and products, office equipment, a computer or laptop, scanner/printer/copier, copy credits, upgraded phone, business magazine, etc.
The Sportsman – give fishing and camping equipment, hunting & hiking clothes, ski equipment, other sports equipment oor lessons, ZeBug container.
The Ponderer - advice, how-to books and programs, a telescope or binoculars, mind-challenge games, lab sets, etc.
The Webmaster or "Wannabee" – gifts could be a new domain, webmaster tools, graphics compression program, virus detection, firewall, promotion tools, a computer or laptop, a laptop desk for optimal comfort, a cordless mouse or ergonomic mousepad, ergonomic keyboard or other assistance, computer lessons, a web hosting package, or a bank of troubleshooting credits.
The Health Fanatic – consider nutritional products, fitness products and memberships, vitamins, exercise equipment, weight loss or gain products.
A Cook - kitchen items, spice gift certificate, a glove to prevent cutting through when chopping, a grocery gift card.
The Hobbyist – give hobby equipment, how-to books for the hobby, tools, art supplies, lessons.
So, there is no reason to fret – use common sense, and your imagination – and you will score well with everyone this holiday season.