How to Buy a Gift for Someone Who is Hard to Buy For
Ask what they like!You may be told they don't want anything or your gift recipient may genuinely have most of what they want, you have to be creative, even if they insist there's nothing they need and tell you, "not to bother", if you still want to give, a snail mail card, preferably home made would be a lovely gesture.
Give a gift of action!If you live near your recipient, you could provide a service for them by doing chores or errands. Alternatively, you could give a trip out such as going for high tea or to the cinema or a local tourist attraction neither of you have ever been to.
Make a charitable donation in their name to an appropriate charity or good cause.
Show your appreciation!If your recipient has given you nice gifts in the past, a framed photograph of you enjoying that gift may go down well. If they have generously given you money, a photo of you enjoying what you spent the money on might be appreciated.
Mark the day.If you are giving for a birthday, anniversary or to celebrate any other specific day, create a poster / scroll / artwork that lists things that happened "on this day" in history. If you want to make this more personal, you could add any family events that fall on the same day. Don't forget to add the date of your specific occasion and be sure to get the details correct.
Use your memory.Is there something of yours that your recipient has complimented or admired that you can get them? Be careful here, if great Aunt Flo said she liked your new pink stilettos, doesn't mean she will appreciate a pair of her own. She may however, like a pink stiletto themed ornament or appropriate accessory. Is there something in your recipient's past you can theme a gift on?
Consider the time of year.If your recipient likes something seasonal, get a gift that will remind them of that thing all year round. This applies particularly to fruits and flowers.
Try the indirect approach.If they have a pet, buy something for their pet. If it's appropriate, buy something you can both use together, it's okay if it's something you like! An example of this would be a kite, Grandpa doesn't want a kite, but he might love going to the park to fly it with his grandson. Consider also a craft kit or model making kit.
Make, fix or replace.A hand made gift is almost always appreciated. Consider getting something they have which is broken or damaged fixed. If you can find out what they have that is getting worn out, buy them a new one.
Broaden your horizons.Look in shops or at online retailers you wouldn't normally go to. You can window shop anywhere for inspiration - no matter the cost. Your recipient may have a collection you cannot afford to contribute to, antiques, cars, designers handbags etc so get them something themed to their collection instead. If they collect a branded item consider some merchandise.
Try a department store gift card where they can buy what they feel like.
If that person hates shopping but uses a car frequently, get a gift card for a gas station.
Consider a gift card.There's a wide range of choices here. Consider generic favorites such as Amazon gift cards for something that appeals to everyone. For a more personal touch, consider a gift card to a special local restaurant or other business. Or you can choose something really unique and creative like a Zidisha person-to-person microlending gift card.
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- Don't just buy something because it's cheap; buy something you would be delighted to receive yourself - provided you have the same taste.
- It's ok to give something the person needs. Your recipient will then be free to spend the money they would have had to have spent on replacing themselves on something else they want.
- When giving edible gifts check the recipient's dietary requirements.
- Be sure that's what that person really wants - don't give Bob a tennis racket if he plays golf.
- Adhere to manufactures guide lines when giving to children and animals.
- Don't replace or repair a much cherished item that you recipient loves just the way it is. You may not understand their attachment to something and you shouldn't risk upsetting them by offering to fix or replace it.
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