Pay Attention and Get Outstanding Gift Ideas for Friends and Family
Get to known them and keep your ears open
To buy a truly thoughtful and unique gift, you need to make a real commitment to finding out as much as you can about the person you are buying the gift for.
This means that you need to listen to your friends and family when they're talking about hobbies, things they might want, stuff they've seen or when they are just saying: "Oh yeah, I fancy that but I can't justify buying it for myself." Make sure you remember their hints - make a note of all gift ideas, so when you actually come to buy a present for them, you'll know exactly where to start.
If a friend compliments a bag or piece of clothing you have, try and buy them something similar. If a family member keeps borrowing something of yours, buy them one of their own...
Ask their friends and family and get unique gift ideas
If you are still stuck for unique gift ideas - which might happen if you are shopping for a gift for someone you don't know well, just ask their friends , siblings or parents if they have any ideas or know what they might like. Most people love to help when they can and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Ask them what they want
Asking the recipient what they want or need directly might spoil the surprise a little, but it should ensure that you hit the spot and give them a much-wanted gift ! This is particularly relevant when buying a wedding present or a new baby gift - as you want to be sure you're giving them something different! Imagine friends with a new baby opening your present to find that they now own 4 bottle warmers!
If someone has set up a wedding list or a new baby gift list they will be happy to tell you about it and you can choose your gift with complete peace of mind.
Don't take "I don't want anything" to the letter
Never believe people who say they don't want anything - unless they stipulate you should instead make a donation to their favorite charity... In most cases they simply being polite or reserved and would appreciate receiving a thoughtful gift.
Do your homework and get shopping! It will only make you more popular with your friends and family!
Gifts are for life not just for Christmas!
Keep your eyes and ears open for original and unique gifts all year around! If you find something on sale that would make a great gift for a friend or relative... follow your instinct : Buy it! Wrap it! Tag it! If you think to yourself "That would be the perfect present for so and so," chances are that it is the perfect gift for them.
Save it for that special occasion or give it as a surprise!
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