Sending gifts can be, at times, nothing short of a total nightmare. Not because we are all miserable so and so’s who don’t enjoy giving, but rather the problem of choosing something that we know the recipient is certain to genuinely love.
While most of this is pressure that we put on ourselves, there is no doubt that the feel good factor we get from seeing a genuine smile easily defeats the sound of a forced ‘just what I always wanted.’
Just what are the best gifts you can buy for someone that are sure to get the first, more favourable, reaction? We looked at your options.
When it comes to the adult woman, you usually cannot go wrong with something that promotes indulgence and spending time looking after oneself. Easy choices here are always either a spa day or weekend experience, or a luxury hamper.
In terms of the hamper, you can play it how you want to. Luxury bath hampers are great, but you might instead opt for a champagne and chocolate one, for example, or try to source a basket yourself and then buy a whole variety of bits and pieces to put inside. Customising your gift will show the thought that you put into it.
This one really comes down to the individual. If you are buying for a ‘boys with their toys’ sort of guy, then a quirky gift or gadget – even something like a remote controlled car – might be on the cards.
A sure winner for men is an experience day, whether that be driving a Ferrari around a race track, beer tasting, or skydiving, there is sure to be something that he would love to do.
For the Kids
While children are often the easiest group to buy for, they can paradoxically also be the most demanding, predominantly because if they dislike something, they will tell you.
Dolls are always brilliant gift ideas for girls, especially if you are able to buy additional outfits, or books and activities that can complement them. Remember that ‘open-ended’ toys that can be added to or played with in a variety of ways are always best for children.
For boys, action figures, die-cast cars, or construction toys tend to be favourites, although this will be more a case of finding out what the best option would be beforehand. These all fit the ‘open-ended’ requirement, and are certain to be met with excitement and a wide smile.
Forget the pressure of gift buying, and remember that familiar ideas doesn’t have to leave a feeling of ‘same old…’ Target traditional gifts with your own twist on them specific to the individual, and ensure that your gift is the one that everyone always looks forward to opening.
Kate Carson is a UK toy enthusiast specialising in collectible dolls, toys for girls, and interactive games. Throughout her career, Kate has helped and supported many foundations and young people in her everyday work.
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