When it comes to giving gifts, you don’t have to empty your bank in order to provide something perfect. You know the person that you are buying for, so instead of breaking ranks and trying to find something that they will never use, or might not even like. Spend some time thinking about previous conversations about what they like, places they want to visit, the food they want to eat, or brands they have heard about.
We want the gift we give to convey how we feel about the recipient too. Something that they love and every time they use it will remember where it came from. It is not a small feat.
So if you are looking for a few ideas about what to get someone, here are a few starting points.
It sounds boring on face value – but hold on a minute. If you have a friend or partner who has a copious amount of accessories, then a jewelry box with multiple storage areas is a good idea. It is practical and can be used forever. For a bonus, get one with a glass lid so they can see where an item is quick. Makeup lovers will always need extra storage in the form of drawers and drawer organizers. Clear acrylic ones are a popular option, and because they are clear, they will work with any decor.
If they are a bit of an audiophile, you can get some fantastic headphones. A couple that is of note are the Bose Noise Cancelling 700, sony WH-1000x M3 (high-end price), Monoprice Monolith M1069 – a lot of bang for your buck. For something a little smaller, the best buds are 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones, the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1, and Optoma NuForce BE Sport4.
For in house music, there are few systems that are great. Most people have some sort of smart home set up now. SONOS has a range of incredible speakers that can look slick in any home, but if you want something even more functional, then IKEA and SONOS made the SYMFONISK range. If you like something with a retro feel then get a record player, there are some very budget-friendly ones or a Kreafunk tRADIO.
No one has ever complained that they are too comfortable. So consider comfort to be a no-brainer gift. Matching silk PJs are an excellent gift for anyone. They are pretty enough to wear around the house on a day off and silky enough to be comfortable to sleep in. If you choose the right style, most silk PJ tops can be paired with heels and work as a shirt, too – bonus. Aside from that, chenille socks and scarves are so soft and warm over the winter they will be used year after year.
If you want to splash out a little more, then think about a cashmere sweater or cardigan. You already know what your recipient likes to wear in terms of colors, so you can shop with confidence. It does pay to do your research here and see what size they wear before you buy anything, though.
Most people have a stash of jewelry that they wear for the best. And you can add to that collection. If you are buying for your long term partner, it might be time to look for the prettiest engagement rings you can find and present the smallest box with the most significant impact. Earrings are a great gift too. Because they go with so many different outfits, they will come in handy over and over again. More so if you stick with a classic cut diamond or CZ. Engraved cufflinks add a more personal touch to something that isn’t used often by many people. Tie clips are also a great option.
If you are really struggling with a gift to give them, then think about things that you could do. There are a lot of high-end hotels and restaurants that do high-tea experiences, and you can get a super luxurious few hours for a lot less than usual. If they have a need for speed, then driving experiences are a lot of fun. Theater trips or booking tickets to go and see their favorite musicians are lovely options too.
The gifts with the real wow factor are the ones that you purchased because you know the person so well, you got them something that they will use and enjoy. Rather than something that will be left gathering dust or get regifted. Just take some time to listen to what they talk about a lot, or want to try and you will have all the inspiration you’ll need.