Hi Everyone,

Most of the time when we receive gifts or try to give presents to someone, we hope that we get what we wish for or give the right gift.

Here, I share with you how to find the perfect gifts for everyone. It can be a store bought item, your own creation or a poem.

"Have An Awesome Day!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


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Colorful Abstract Vector Illustration (Photo credit: Vectorportal)
It would be so simple if you can just ask the recipient what they want as a gift.  

In reality, it may sometimes be easier said than done for the following reasons.

  • The recipient may be offended by the bold question unless it's a kid who will usually love to tell whoever is listening what they want.
  • You are too shy to ask.
  • You are too proud to ask.
  • You think that you know the recipient well enough not to ask.

So, the next best thing is to do some detective work of your own.

How to gather intel or clues

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1) Ask family members or their close friends what they would like. If it is something that is out of your price range, you may consider this. Pool your resources as a group to buy it.  

Most people prefer an expensive gift that they want and can use rather than getting a load of inexpensive gifts that will end up in the store room to gather dust. 

2) Some people will drop clues, so keep your ears and eyes open.

3) If your recipient say things like, "I'd love to get a ...........some day." or "My .......just broke." or " about to fall apart." Well, you have hit pay dirt!

4) Take note of their fashion style and taste in colors.

5) Find out if they have a hobby, a favorite band, authors, artists, sports teams or actors.

6) What do they do during their off days or free time?

7) If they are collectors, your detective work will be easier.  You can source for the items online to add to their collection, or get them a collectors' guide.

8) Pay a visit to your recipient's home and check out what is there and what is missing.  
  • Do they apologize for the old furniture?
  • Does their interior decor have a modern, contemporary or antique or color theme?
  • Do they have pets?
  • Do they have kids with lots of toys but no storage units?
  • Are their bookshelves or DVD shelves crammed?
  • Do they require a magazine holder or a filing cabinet, a mug rack or a knick-knack shelf?

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9) Strike up a conversation to find out if your recipient have a favorite cause. Make a donation in their name and you would have achieved 2 things.

a) Make them happy
b) Helping others

However, this will work for people who are truly dedicated to a particular charity or cause.

Other gifts you can give that are "Free"

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Pile of gorgeous gifts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If homemade gifts are not on the cards,  you could find out if the recipient requires some help in finishing a project or having difficulties in learning how to do something.

Perhaps they are a game enthusiast but does not have anyone to play against.

Or maybe they have been wanting to go somewhere, but didn't want to travel alone.

Your time and companionship is the best gift of all!

    To close the case
After all your digging and poking and asking around, you find that you are none the wiser, try giving a gift certificate.  

You can choose a business where almost anyone can find something they will like such as:

Movie Theatres
Department Stores
Gadget Catalogues,
Music Stores

Gift Certificates are generic, but the recipients can decide for themselves what they want to get and are rarely disappointed by them.

Bonus Tip
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Colorful Abstract Design Element (Photo credit: Vectorportal)

If all else fails, gift baskets that contain the following items will never go wrong:-

Fresh Fruits, Low sugar Chocolates, Wine, Fruit or Yogurt Drinks, Wholegrain biscuits or Crackers, Organic foods, Fresh Scented Flowers. 

Focus on picking health foods and natural products are the way to go and especially if you know that the recipient is health conscious.

Most Important Tip Of All

Keep the receipts and let your recipient know that you can exchange their present if it does not suit them.  However, if you have followed the above ideas, that's unlikely to happen.

Just enjoy that warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you know that your gift is truly appreciated!

Until my next post, "Have An AweSome Day!"

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