9 Tips to Level-Up Your Gift-Giving This Christmas

It’s only a couple of weeks before Christmas. Have you started shopping for gifts?

Christmas – the most wonderful time of the year, can sometimes feel like the worst. You know what we’re talking about, the hassle of finding the perfect gift.

Don’t you just feel more pressured to find the perfect gift whenever you ask a friend what they want for Christmas and they respond with, “oh, I don’t need anything” or “oh, you can get me anything”?

We totally get you and that’s why we’ve listed down 9 ways to find the perfect present this Christmas for anyone and everyone.

Tip #1: Get creative with your gifts
Do something unexpected. If someone usually expects the same gift from you, do something wild and out of the ordinary. For instance, for your friend who loves wine, why not organize a wine tasting with custom wine glasses. They would for sure not expect this kind of gift from you.

Tip #2: It’s not just about the gift, but the presentation   
Instead of simply handing them gifts wrapped in regular paper, think of the gift-giving experience as an event that you want them to enjoy. You can hide gifts and have them search for it, scavenger hunt style. Instead of giving out a generic card, you can hide a secret message on their favorite book that leads them to gift card code they can use to buy whatever they want. Simply said, it’s important that you bank on the sheer fun of opening presents. Another idea is to have small individually wrapped items instead of one big gift. Sometimes, quantity over quality can play you right.

Tip #3: List down all the things he’s interested in
Here’s an idea, spend at least two minutes writing down what the person you’re giving a gift to is interested in. Now brainstorm something to go with every item on that list, small or big. You don’t have to give all that are listed but for sure you’ll hit on some cool ideas you wouldn’t immediately think of and the recipient of the gift will truly appreciate how thoughtful you were.

Tip #4: Look to the past
A participant in an exchange gift activity received a special mug commemorating a special moment and this simple gift brought her to tears. Another person gifted someone with large canvas print of a photo of their recent football win. Maybe someone on your gift list is celebrating something in their lives or maybe you want them to relive in the nostalgia of the past and help them reminisce.

Tip #5: Include a little bit of yourself
Make it personal in a different way – personalized from you rather than for them. Create something with your hands, say for example, create a digital artwork and have the design printed on a mug that you will be gifting. Combine this with one (or more) of the ideas previously listed to achieve an ultra-personalized gift.

Tip #6: Ask yourself what that person needs
Despite them telling you they don’t need anything, for sure they still do need something. The key is to think broader. What does a busy businessman need? Time, maybe? There are lots of ideas and products available to help run their lives more efficiently. Thinking on a more general level will help you pin-down on what give to gift for someone on your list.

Tip #7: Think about timing
Like most things in business, gift-giving is all about the timing. It should not just be done during Christmas or when you close deals (although, make no mistake, these are important times). But gift giving should be considered throughout the whole year to continuously show your appreciation. Our tip: give out gifts to your clients and customers to politely ask them to write a review on Google and Facebook or perhaps a testimony for your website.

Tip #8: Give the gift of learning
Is there something they want to learn to do? Make it happen. Is your friend interested in the art of calligraphy? What better way than gift her with classes to learn this. Help them fulfill a lifelong dream and fuel their passion.

Tip #9: Be charitable
Ok, so someone on your list really does have everything huh? Well then, there are a lot of other people who don’t have even their basic needs. Find something that your giftee is passionate about and then donate to that cause. Is she an animal lover? Donate to an animal rescue organization. Make gift to a cause that matters in their name.

Do you know other gift tips to level-up your gift-giving game? Let us know.