The biggest and most common gift buying blunder is buying something you want for yourself. We all have done this. Always remember that a gift is something that is given to somebody to provide THEM pleasure, enjoyment, delight, happiness. It requires a thought and effort.
Spend some time thinking about the gift. Consider who you are gifting and what they are interested in. Consider what their desires are and what would please them. Think carefully about what they want but would not buy for themselves.
Ask one of their family members or one of their friends if they have mentioned anything that they would really like.
You can also just ask whoever you’re buying the gift for. If they say something specific, and it’s in your budget, then get it. If it’s too expensive, get them something entirely different. (i.e. – If she want expensive perfume’ outside of your budget then buying cheaper perfume is out. Buy her a pair of nice earrings or something.)
If they say ‘nothing’, they don’t mean ‘nothing’. If they say ‘anything’ they don’t mean ‘anything’.
Shop does not mean buy, shop means shop. It’s an activity that requires you to visit several stores and browses their available goods. Only after shopping will you be able to buy that perfect gift. This is not a problem if you are one of those people that really like shopping
If you don’t like shopping then stick to searching online gift shops. They make browsing easy and convenient.
4. Don’t Buy The First Thing You See.
Be proud of your gift. Don’t just buy something because it is in the bargain bin or because it was the most expensive item in the store. Put effort, care and consideration into the selection of the gift.
Look closely at everything that catches your eye. Check the prices and read the reviews. Narrow your list down until you have found the gift. Then buy it!
5. If You Buy Online, Have The Gift Mailed To You
Actually giving the gift is a big deal. If that is not possible then re-mail the gift and include a short letter. Be sure to carefully wrap it yourself.
And, if the item is not as expected YOU can send it back.