How to Pick a Gift for Someone You Don’t Know Well

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Chances are, you’ll probably have someone on your list that you want to (or have to) buy a gift for that you don’t know very well. Picking a gift for that person can go in one of two directions: first, you buy something obviously generic, or second, you buy something great that anyone would love to receive. Here’s how to do the second, even if you have very little information about that person:

Grab a Gift Card

This may seem like an impersonal gift, and it kind of is—but it’s also a good way to give someone that you don’t really know something that they are likely to use. Gift cards to popular restaurants or coffee shops are a great option, for example, because they allow the receiver to get whatever they want or need. If you’ve even once seen that person with a coffee cup in hand, this can be a great way to give them something that you’ll know they’ll use, even if you don’t really know that person.

A Notebook

Everyone needs a notebook, right? You can go as standard or as fancy as you want with this notebook—just pick something high quality that won’t rip itself to shreds the first time they put it in their bag. There are lots of companies that produce great notebooks, so look for one that uses the best materials and construction methods to create their books. A leather bound notebook is great for memoirs and as a dairy. Also, you can buy a digital notebook.

A Scarf or Pair of Gloves

A nice scarf or pair of gloves will always be appreciated and used, especially if you’re looking for a gift around Christmas or Hanukah. Picking something in fairly neutral colors or that will go great with just about any outfit ensures that you’ll match the receiver’s style.

Give the Gift of Food

A box of chocolates is always a safe bet (unless you know the receiver is allergic to chocolate). Nuts, baked goods, and other tasty treats will always be great options, especially for someone you don’t really know. It still shows thought and planning but doesn’t make you look like you picked up something random. If you put some time into packaging the food in a unique, attractive, or interesting way, you’re sure to please, even if the gift isn’t really that personalized. A gift basket is nice.

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

Pat and John Jones, Buhl, Idaho

Pat and John Jones, Buhl, Idaho

John and Pat

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