Three Great Gift Ideas
It can be difficult to pick out the perfect gift for a colleague, friend or partner, especially if the person you’re shopping for is the type to frequently buy things for him or herself. Next time an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion rolls around and you’re stumped on an appropriate gift, try one of these suggestions.
Art, especially handmade art, is a thoughtful gift that just about anyone will appreciate. Think about the hobbies and interests of your recipient, and search for art that captures a niche that he or she will appreciate. If you’re shopping for your significant other, it can be especially romantic to purchase a piece that captures something special about your relationship. For example, many sellers offer art that can be customized with your initials, a significant date or a specific place. Some great places to buy handmade art are online, at craft fairs and at museums and galleries.
Food and/or Alcohol
Those who already have an excess of “stuff” may prefer consumable gifts, like food and alcohol. You can buy food-based gift baskets online or in many department stores, or you can try your hand at creating one on your own. Meat and cheese, fruit, cookies and chocolate are all popular treats to include. Make sure to be mindful of your recipient’s preferences. If he or she is a vegan or vegetarian, steer clear of meat and cheese. If you plan to gift a bottle of wine or whiskey, it’s best to be sure that your recipient is a drinker and will enjoy it. (For teetotalers, tea or coffee may be a better choice).
Stationery, especially personalized stationery, is a classy gift that never goes out of style. There are few things more charming in this day and age than a handwritten letter, and stationery can come in handy when the time comes to send a thank you note. Personalized stationery can also be useful for sending correspondence in the professional realm. Consider the tastes of the person you are buying for, and try to choose stationery that reflects his or her sense of style.
Gift giving can be a difficult task, especially since so many people shop for themselves more frequently than ever thanks to Amazon and other online retailers. Art and stationery are gifts that most people do not tend to pick out for themselves, and consumable gifts like food and alcohol are always enjoyable. Good luck, and happy shopping!