The best gifts are the ones made with the recipient in mind. Finding the ideal gift requires both personal reflection and consideration. These ten questions might help you find just the right gift.
1. What are the recipient's hobbies and interests?
Before looking for a gift, consider what the recipient enjoys doing in their free time. They might like to read, cook, play sports, or listen to music. Taking into account a person's hobbies can help guide you towards a gift that aligns with their interests. If the recipient is a book worm, you might know what books are still on their reading list or you can browse the book store for books that they could like. For someone who loves to cook a kitchen gadget or even special cooking class might be the perfect gift. And for someone who loves listening to music, vinyls or concert tickets might be a good idea.
2. What are your recipients values and beliefs?
Think about what is important to your recipient and consider what they believe in. Whether it's social justice, environmentalism, spirituality, or something else - this information can guide you to the perfect gift that reflects their values. For instance, environmentally-conscious people will appreciate sustainable gifts that they can reuse or that are zero waste. You might want to check out our blog post on Sustainable Gift Ideas.
3. What are your recipient's favourite memories?
Consider the recipient's past experiences and their favourite memories, especially the ones you made together. Creating a gift that could help them relive those memories, such as a self-made photo album, can be a sentimental, beautiful gift that your recipient can enjoy for years to come. Or perhaps you could make some new memories by gifting them an experience, like a fun karaoke night, a cooking class, concert, or a day trip. This will not only serve as a great gift, but will create a memory that you can cherish forever.
4. What are your recipient's future goals and aspirations?
Take into consideration your recipient's future goals and aspirations. They might want to start a new hobby or travel and you can use this information to find a gift that supports their goals. If your loved one is planning a longer trip in the future, they might appreciate a practical gift like a backpack or good hiking shoes. Or perhaps, they would appreciate money to save for their travels.
5. What is your recipient's personality like?
When making a gift, you might want to consider the person's personality traits. Are they introverted or extroverted, adventurous or cautious, sentimental or practical? An adventurous friend might appreciate an experience for a gift, whereas a sentimental friend might appreciate a self-made gift or a more intimate experience, such as a movie night with friends.
6. What is your recipient's personal style?
To answer this person, consider the person's clothing or home decor style. Are they minimalistic? Do they prefer classic, trendy, or eclectic styles? This can help guide you towards a gift that matches their personal taste. For instance, you could look out for some seasonal decor items that match the person's style or find a piece of clothing that they would appreciate.
7. What are the recipient's favourite colours?
Consider the person's favourite colours or whether they have any colour preferences. This can help you find a gift that they will find visually appealing. This is especially important if you're getting a decor or clothing item.
8. What are the recipient's dietary restrictions?
If you're considering giving food or drink as a gift, it is important to consider whether the person has any dietary restrictions. For instance, they might have any allergies, or live gluten-free or vegan. You may also want to consider getting them a cooking book that matches their restrictions.
9. What are the recipient's needs and challenges?
Consider whether the person has any needs or challenges that could impact your gift choice. For example, if they have mobility issues, you may want to choose a gift that accommodates those challenges. Or if your loved one is dealing with chronic illness, they might appreciate a self-care gift.
10. What is your budget?
Lastly, you need to consider your budget when choosing a gift. A thoughtful gift doesn't have to be expensive, and there are many creative and meaningful gift options at every price point.