The Perfect Gift
“Oh, I don’t need anything,” your wife says. But you know that isn’t true. Then there are your friends, parents, in-laws, and more. You could ask them what they want, and, if you’re really lucky, they’ll tell you exactly what it is and you can go buy it, but that takes all the romance out of the event and makes it pretty impersonal. Choosing the perfect gift can be a daunting task. It has to be both fun and thoughtful. This is especially true for companies who want to make a positive, lasting impression on their clients and vendors. A gift can’t spoil, die or go out of style. Focus on long-term enjoyment, not short-term drama.
It’s better to buy lots of people the same good present than to give everyone individual gifts that aren’t as good. We tend to think we need to give unique gifts, but recipients don’t care much about that. For gift-givers, however, putting time and effort into a gift makes them feel closer to the recipient. Here are a few tips to help you out:
1. Personalise it:
Items that are personalized seem more special, and these days, it’s easy to order personalized bags, pictures, canvases and more! You could even make it personal in a different way—personalized from you rather than for them. Create a piece of art, write a song, knit a scarf—you get the idea. Combine this with one (or more) of the above suggestions for an ultra-personalized gift.
Luckily for you at Nguni Galore you can completely personalise a gift – get a canvas printed with the two of you on it. Get a bag printed with their favourite flower, animal or Bible verse. The choice is endless!
2. Make the present an event:
Get creative with the packaging! Rather than just handing them a gift in regular wrapping paper, think of the gifting experience as an event—and you want to make sure they enjoy it. Hide the gift and sent them on a scavenger hunt of the house. You could even wrap it in layers upon layers of newspaper and write a question which they have to answer on each layer (Once they get the question right, they can proceed to the next layer). And never, ever, underestimate the sheer fun of unwrapping presents. Sometimes, quantity can mean quality, when it’s a bunch of small individually wrapped items.
3. Make a list of all the things the person is interested in:
Make this list long—spend at least two full minutes writing down as many things as you can. Now brainstorm something to go with every item on that list, small or big. Before you know it they will have a whole gift basket full of presents!
4. Ask yourself what that person needs:
I know what you’re saying. Stop it. They DO need something. The key is to think broader. What does a super busy successful businessman need? Time, probably. There are tons of products out there to help people run their lives more efficiently. Have a sister in nursing school? Put together a student nurse survival kit! Thinking on a more general level will help you get outside your regular, narrower view of that person.
Sometimes it is the simple items which surprise us – a personalised Nguni Galore bag will do the trick. It is something that they will carry with them daily and think back to you every time they look at it. It really is the small things in life.
5. Do some research:
If all else fails, stalk. Most people have a Wishlist on their favourite website, and they’ll be pretty surprised and delighted if you somehow found just the thing, they wanted without even asking—and that they may have even forgotten they wanted themselves. Look through their Facebook history for clues. Even ask a parent, partner or friend for advice.