How to Pick a Gift for That “Hard to Gift” Person

zodiacWe all have that person in our lives—they’ve already got everything they could already want or need. You still want to give them something to show your love and appreciation, but all of the ideas you’ve had are things they already have or things they would never want or use. Also, you probably have a budget for gifts and price can be a hindrance in gift selection. Here are some tips for narrowing in on a gift for that person on your list that’s hard to shop for.

Think about Their Tastes

If you’re buying a gift for this person, you probably already know them fairly well. Take a moment to stop and think about what they may have told you about what they like or what they need. If you want the gift to be a complete surprise, thinking very carefully about what they seem to like, what they are interested in, and how their home is decorated is a great way to come up with a gift that you know will mesh well with his or her life. Take a look at what they already have. That will give you ideas.

Consider Giving a Gift Card

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There is nothing wrong with giving someone a gift card. For many people, this may be the ideal gift, since it allows them to get something that they really need or want, even if they haven’t taken the time to express that need or want to anyone else. If you are really having trouble finding something that you know this person will use, a gift card or certificate is a great alternative to a traditional gift. You can give a gift card that will lead your gift card receiver to a particular store like a book store.

Think about Giving an Experience

If there is someone in your life that already has everything they need or want, they still might not have done everything they want to do. Giving someone the gift of an experience like a ride in a helicopter or flying lessons or a trip can be a great way to show them that you care, without adding just another candle or useless knick-knack to their collection. This is also a great idea for the minimalist in your life, who isn’t interested in “things.”

Pay a Bill or Offer a Service

It doesn’t have to be as cheesy as coupons for free hugs, but it can be in that same vein—a great way to show someone you care is to cover their utility bills or to offer to babysit for a day.

The special selection of a gift let the receiver know that you really care.

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Merry Christmas to All!

John

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