The problem with gifts is that, ultimately, they are subjective. If you think that is crazy enough, wait, it gets even worse. Not only is gift-giving subjective to the person giving a gift; it is also personal and subjective as far as the person receiving the gift. In other words, it’s subjective both ways.
Since the quality or the perception of value we communicate with our gift turns on our experience, our past, our attitude, our personality, and our motivations, it’s easy to see why gift-giving can be a cause for miscommunication. Instead of strengthening bonds, you end up sending the wrong message.
Either the person receiving your gift feels disrespected, less appreciated, or somehow slighted, none of these situations is good. That’s the bottom line. This is why you have to put in a lot of time, effort, and focus in giving the right gift to the right person to create the right impression.
It’s not something that you casually do. It’s not something that you can just easily chalk up to dollar value. You can’t think that just because you’re spending north of $50 on a gift that the person you’re giving the gift to better appreciate your token of appreciation.
It doesn’t work that way. They couldn’t care less about how many dollars the gift cost you. All they’re looking at is whether this is a sincere appreciation or a sincere gesture. That’s the bottom line and, unfortunately, this is a very subjective thing.
This is why it’s a good idea to avoid gifts that you think fit the recipient like a glove. Unless you know that person really well, and I’m talking about your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, or best friend, you probably would be better off taking a different approach. Your best bet would probably be to give a gift that almost anybody will appreciate. In other words, you should shoot for gift ideas that literally anyone will like.
Gifts that are almost as Good as Cash
One of the best ways to give gifts is to just give a general gift certificate from a branded store. This pretty much covers all your basics.
First of all, it gives maximum flexibility to the recipient. If they want to buy cookies, they can buy cookies. If they want to buy pants and a shirt, they can do that. If they want to buy exercise equipment, they are more than free to do that. What’s important is they have the gift certificates that will enable them to do buy whatever it is that they’re looking for.
The trick is to buy the gift certificate from a branded store. In other words, this is an online or offline store that has a reputation for excellence, quality, and amazing customer support.
When your recipient gets your gift certificate or gift code online, they won’t think that you’re cheap. They won’t think that you are disrespecting them. They won’t think that you are somehow devaluating their friendship or your relationship with them.
No. Instead, they would see that you are sophisticated, elegant, and you can see a good value. In other words, you end up making the right impression.
Buy Generalized Food Delivery Services
Food is very tricky. It really is. I mean for every person who would live or die by Mexican food, there are also a lot of people who wouldn’t touch Mexican food with a ten-foot pole. You can say the same thing about Chinese food, Italian food, you name it. It can get very personal.
Also, it’s not something that you can really quantify because you and your best friend might love Mexican food but he prefers certain dishes more than you and this can lead to all sorts of misunderstanding. There’s always an opportunity for some sort of disconnect as far as the intensity of your likes and preferences go.
You can dispense with all of that by getting a gift certificate form a general food delivery company. In other words, this company will feature all sorts of menus on their website. When your gift recipient logs on, they can zero in a cuisine they like and get the food that they prefer delivered to them. This is the most convenient and most open-ended food-related gift you can give.
Otherwise, you’re basically going to be assuming a lot of things since food and eating are very personal activities. You’d be surprised if the food item that you thought was the best thing since sliced bread simply goes untouched.
Do yourself a big favor and just give an open-ended food delivery gift and call it a day.
Give the Gift of a Massage
I know that I’m going out on a limb here but I’m going to do it anyways. It doesn’t matter what kind of products you’re into. It doesn’t matter what kind of lifestyle you have. It doesn’t matter what kind of experiences you’ve had in the past. In fact, it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you look like, what you do for a living, how much education you have, none of that matters.
We all could use a break. I think we could all agree on that. We could all use a time when we can let our hair down and just really thoroughly relax. I’m talking about deep relaxation straight to our bones. In other words, the point I’m trying to make is that most people can appreciate a deep, relaxing massage.
Most people can understand that because, hey, let’s face it. Living in the modern world is very stressful. There are just so many things trying to take up your attention. There are just so many duties, responsibilities, and obligations just popping out all over the place and, before you know it, you really don’t have much time.
So, do yourself a big favor. If you are stumped as far gift ideas go, give the recipient a massage. Either they will use it themselves or you can bet that they would find it valuable enough to have a loved one use it for to them. That’s the bottom line.
Keep the tips above in mind if you are still stuck regarding giving the right gift to that special someone. If you’ve run out of ideas, focus on common interest that almost everybody shares and you are most likely not going to go wrong with your gift.