Choosing gifts for the family can sometimes be a hard task – no matter how well you know them. If people are fussy or their tastes change from day to day, trying to nail something down that screams “them” can be a bit of a minefield. However, this is an important aspect of making them feel appreciated and loved, as getting them the first thing that you see on the shelf will most likely make them feel the opposite. Whether you are shopping for a birthday, anniversary, or just a treat, here are some tips to help you choose something that is going to make them smile.
What are Their Interests and Hobbies?
Usually, the first port of call when buying anyone a gift is to look at what they are interested in and see if you can get them something related. Take some time to learn about what they enjoy if they are not forthcoming about it. You will find that some family members are much easier to read than others when it comes to what their style is or what they like to do in their free time.
If you have an arty sibling, then some new paints or some sketchbooks, or other supplies could be a great shout, whereas if you have a cousin who is an adrenaline junkie, why not gift them with an experience such as sky diving? This shows you have thought about what they would enjoy.
Consider Their Lifestyle
When choosing a gift for a family member, it is worth considering their lifestyle. Are they always outside and on the go, or are they a homebody that can be found curled up on the sofa with a good book?
This can help you determine whether a waterproof jacket and some walking boots would be a better option for a gift over a large, soft blanket and some bookstore vouchers. Choosing high-quality, luxury versions of something will also add a nice touch, and Maple Gifts have a brilliant selection of treats. Gifts that work with your family’s lifestyle can enhance their day-to-day experiences, and will cover both bases of being thoughtful and practical.
Incorporate Personal Memories
One of the easiest ways to choose a perfect gift for a family member is to incorporate personal memories of fun and meaningful times. Life is made up of these little moments that are special to someone, so being able to offer a gift that reminds them of it is literally a gift that keeps on giving.
You could use inspiration from anything, such as shared experience, to something more niche, such as inside jokes, and create a t-shirt, a book filled with photographs, or little accessories, such as a keyring with the memento featured.
Another way to incorporate personal memories or make a special gift is to DIY! Nothing says an extra special gift like making something yourself for your loved one, and there are plenty of options for all abilities.