The art of gift-giving can be difficult to master and there is a fine line between getting it right and very wrong. Giving a gift to someone special is not just a kind gesture, it is also a thoughtful way to show someone how much you care about them. 

If you have an upcoming celebration, then you may find this helpful guide to the art of gift-giving very useful.  

Get Creative

There is no better way to show someone how much you appreciate them than making them a gift from scratch. No matter what your skill set may be, you can gain inspiration from almost anywhere. Putting your time and effort into making a gift for your friend or loved one is a gift that money cannot buy. 

Try to use your skillset to help you decide what it is you are going to make. If you are an avid baker then you could bake them a box of their favorite treats. Or maybe you love writing. Handwritten letters or poems are not only inexpensive, but they are also a great opportunity for you to really personalize your gift to the recipient. If you need some DIY inspiration, then check some of these unique ideas

Gift An Experience

What do you get someone who already seems to have it all? The answer is simple. Gifting someone with an experience or a trip away can be a great way to avoid the stress of buying a material gift. Depending on your budget, you can gift someone a coffee at their favorite café or take them on a day out that would let them explore their personal hobbies or interests. 

Tailor Your Gift to Someone’s Taste

If you find yourself struggling to think of a gift, then a great place to start is exploring the recipient’s likes and interests. If they are into a certain sport, then it can be good to get them something related to that sport like a book or a piece of artwork. Most of the time it doesn’t have to be too complicated. If the recipient of your gift has a sweet tooth, then you can make them a box full of their favorite sweets. You can even save yourself the trouble of making it yourself and buy one that is unique like these awesome American sweet hampers. Everyone loves a good treat, right?

Help Support a Good Cause

We all have that one person in our lives who is a minimalist that desires little from life. It can be difficult to find the right gift for them. So, giving a gift to a good cause that is close to their hearts can be an endearing gesture. Not only will the money go towards helping those in need, but it is also hugely meaningful for the recipient as it shows them that you have listened to them, and you acknowledge how much this cause means to them. Gift-giving is not always about receiving the most flashy and expensive gift off the shop shelf. You can help give back to the world by giving gifts like these to the people you love. 

Gift Their Birth Month

If you’re struggling to think of a meaningful gift, then gifting by birthday can be a unique way to personalize your gift to the recipient. Choosing a piece of jewelry that has its birthstone in can help make your recipient feel extra special. The wearing of birthstones is thought to bring good luck, good health, and good protection. What better way to show your friend/loved one that you care about them than giving them a gift that symbolizes those qualities. 

Don’t Break the Bank

It is important to remember that a good gift is not based on how much money you spend. If you have limited funds, then allow it to push yourself to be creative. The recipient of your gift doesn’t need an expensive gift to know how much love and gratitude you have for them. Sometimes, just telling them how much you care about them in a card is enough. 

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Give Them Your Time

If the recipient of your gift is a loved one or friend that you no longer get to see very often, then one of the best gifts you can give them is your time. Gift-giving doesn’t always have to revolve around material objects. Surprising a friend for a day and spending some well-needed time having a catch-up can be one of the most cherished gifts you can give. 

It can also be nice to offer your time by helping someone out. Maybe you have a friend who is a busy mother. Offering to babysit their children so they can go out can show your friend that you are thinking of them and putting their best interests at heart.