One of the most challenging tasks in life, which unsurprisingly, most people take for granted as being easy nowadays, especially when the whole world is at our fingertips, is the simple yet all too often daunting task of buying a gift for a loved one.
Gifting occasions often present people with perfect opportunities to spoil their loved ones and further show that you care about them. Nonetheless, if you are uncertain about selecting the right present, the entire process easily gets overwhelming; will they like it, will it arrive on time, why are there so many different prices for the same thing etc, etc, the list goes on and the brain starts to hurt!
But have no fear, perhaps the below can help guide you into calmer waters 😉
The important factors to make you understand the psychology behind choosing the right gifts are:
- Interests and Themes
- Relationship with Recipient
For the most part, you will want to consider what the recipient enjoys. If your colleague is fond of a particular pet, say a cat for example, perhaps gold crystal cat jewellery UK made would be a perfect choice. Besides having identified one of your friends’ interests, you will be expressing to them that you care about what they are fond of. With the “purrrfect gift” (sorry I couldn’t help myself) there is no doubt you and the gift will mean something special to your friend and it will always be held close to their heart.
Giving friends gifts that relate to their hobbies and interests not only makes them happier, it demonstrates that you understand them, and cherish their strong passion for whatever they love.
In fact, thinking about it, is that not the essence of friendship, and key to creating lasting relationships!?
If you are having a hard time, determining what your colleagues at work would like most for example, then events could be a perfect idea and way to hide the fact you haven’t quite had enough time around the kettle with that new guy or gal in the office yet and you have no idea what to get them for Secret Santa. Or perhaps it’s your company, and it’s the Boss’s time to show some material appreciation for your team and their hard work, and about time too I say lol 😉
There are countless corporate gift ideas, I mean I don’t like that term, corporate gift, cos it sounds like such a cold way to describe a gift but that is the “keyword” I recommend you google nonetheless!
Ok, so you are now after that perfect gift for showing your team members how much you value their input in the company. You need to remember that just because they are professional relationships it does not mean that the appreciation can’t come in unique ways! Brainstorm and do some research; it’s got to be reflective of the brand but still useable and not boring otherwise you know it will go right in the back of that draw and never be used. So for example, say by chance it’s your company’s 25th Anniversary this year. You type in google, 25th anniversary, to see what images come up and you see the 25 year anniversary is the silver anniversary and there you have it, the beginnings of an idea.
Next you search silver corporate gifts and the top result has in its title bespoke sterling silver corporate gifts UK and you think you might be onto a winner here! An an add to cart, a hit of a check-out icon and a couple of phone calls and e-mails later you have delivered 12 sterling silver key chains with a perfectly sized sterling silver pocket torch attached to it with each of your team members names individually engraved on the side of the torch, all beautifully wrapped up in a box in your brand colours and with your company logo and as the Chairman of one the oldest electrical suppliers in England you are feeling pretty good right now J and in fact you are already picturing what a few of your team might say at the next outing when you give it to them – I mean you can already picture Harris, the affable shop floor manager who likes to have a little bit too much drink at outings, and how he is going to use the flashlight that day as he gets home late night and needs to find the keyhole to his door in the dark without turning the front porch light on so he doesn’t wake his wife and as he tries to steady his hand….priceless……Yep, you really are the best boss in the world!
Relationship with Recipient
How do you relate with the person you intend to give the gift?
Striking the right balance on a good gift between a gift that is over the top or not quite enough is a hard one sometimes, but nevertheless paramount to that perfect present. For example, someone you’ve shared personal moments with would have an unconscious expectation that any gift from you will have some real sentiment attached to it. So a box of Dime bars, although good stocking fillers, wont quite be on point. Instead you’ve got to dig a little deeper, take the time to recount some of the best moments you’ve spent with that person, perhaps think of an inside joke or guilty pleasure only you two know about.
With the growth in technology from laser engraving to 3D printing (which is awesome by the way!), personalized gifts with that added touch of individuality are well within everyone’s reach no matter the budget. Whatever method you use; be it personalized greetings cards, t-shirts, mugs, an engraved silver locket or a bespoke piece of jewellery to a car or a kitchen sink there is always a way to personalise it and remind that special someone of something they hold dear in their lives.
Understand the recipient, personalize and the result will be something unexpected, imaginative and touching.
I can remember one time when my friend Cristina had broken up with her long term boyfriend. I took her out to Hyde Park for the day to take her mind of things. On the walk from the tube station we passed by a Clintons and in the front window was a huge Teddy Bear with his arms out just asking for a hug, well Cris stopped, took one look at the bear and burst into tears, blubbering “Mike was like a big Teddy bear, and he used to give me such great hugs” now of course I hugged her and eventually she dried the tears from her face and I wiped them off my shoulder lol and we went on to have a great day.
So later that year, on her birthday what did I buy her? Yup, you guessed it, a teddy bear, but not just any type of bear J well I wanted the bear to last so I knew with her loveable mut Tetley around a big soft toy wouldn’t be the way to go as he would’ve left that bear in a pile of stuffing within minutes and I knew I wanted the bear to somehow have the message “I’m a big teddy bear and I give such great hugs”. Then when I saw this little antique store with the sign sterling silver teddy bear collectables UK in the window and instantly my eye was drawn to this adorable beautifully detailed chubby silver teddy bear figurine I thought to myself that round belly is perfect lol and a few days later I had that bear engraved with the message and even if I do say so myself the best birthday gift ever!! Needless to say Cris loved it! Weeping was involved but she was very happy J
So the moral of the story is, personalized messages + shared experiences = the perfect gift!