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Let’s be totally honest. Few of us like receiving socks and shampoo for Christmas, birthdays, or other special occasion. And yet, when we’re stuck for ideas for a friend or family member, many of us can be guilty of buying generic present items. Sure, it’s the thought that counts and it’s practical, but how much thought really goes into getting a bottle of shampoo? So let’s put an end to these less than fun gift ideas, once and for all. Even if you’re strapped for cash, here are a few more exciting gifts to consider the next time.
Personalize It for More Exciting Gifts
Personalizing something instantly makes for more exciting gifts right away. That’s true no matter how small the present.
Many chocolate shops and online companies allow you to choose candy with a personalized message, for example. Alternatively, for personalized or monogrammed clothing, you can find it at Makaboo and other specialized online retailers. Another option is an engraved gift, such as jewelry.
Another option is a customized phone case. You can create a unique design that suits the recipient’s style and preferences. That will show how much thought you’ve put into the gift.
Don’t cut corners, and make sure that you put in the time and effort to learn their aesthetic preferences so you can create a design that they will love to bits. You could also get a stainless steel customizable pocket watch and engrave a special message or a date that is memorable and significant to them.
Embracing memories that the two of you share will strengthen your bond. What this present looks like is up to you. It could be an album full of photographs.
Or, a photo collage made using a program like Be Funky. You could even consider making a present around a private joke, such as a souvenir reminder of a humorous holiday event.
Having said that, if you want to truly make a collage that’s special, why not take it one step further with PicsArt. When you have the world’s leading name in photo editing at your fingertips, you know your end product will be nothing short of awesome.
The really amazing part about this is that you don’t have to stop with just collages, you can take your most precious memories, with a gentle touch of editing using any of PicsArt’s other tools, and then present them all together using PicsArt’s Collage Maker for the ultimate sentimental gift.
Save Money with a Joint Present
For those big presents, you can lower costs by getting other people to chip in with you on them. The more of you that share the cost of the item, the less you’ll each have to pay for it.
This method can be a great way of buying expensive more exciting gifts, such as a games console or a luxury handbag. Instead, maybe it’s a musical instrument or an experience package. It all depends on your loved one’s interests and preferences. But whatever it is, the more exciting gifts are ones that will mean a lot to them because you put thought into them.
DIY skills can go far toward putting together a fun gift for your best friend or someone else close to you. For example:
- Crochet a blanket
- Make a necklace
- Bake a cake
The time and effort spent hand-crafting more exciting gifts is sure to be appreciated. That’s far more so than simply buying something from a store already-made.
Give Them an Experience
For the person that already has everything, giving them an experience can be the best option of all. Maybe it’s a special girl’s night out!
Or, it could be tickets to the opening night of a film they’re wanting to see or a meal out together. Perhaps it’s a spa day instead.
As some experiences can be expensive, shop around for discounts and promotions online to get the best deal available. Companies such as Virgin Experience Days specialize in these kinds of gifts.
More Exciting Gifts: Feed Their Interests
Sometimes people with obsessive hobbies can be the hardest people to buy for on a special occasion. A sports enthusiast, for example, may already have hats and memorabilia for their favorite teams, leaving you wondering what’s left to get them? Alternatively, fueling their hobby may be expensive. Just think of that friend who likes to collect guitars.
If you’re facing this dilemma, don’t get them socks! I had to say it. There are more exciting gifts than that. Think outside the box.
What about creatively-shaped chocolates that relate to their hobby? Like football-shaped truffles? It can be a fun gift that embraces their interest without being too pricey. Make them yourself or buy them from a local shop. There are even store options online, with delivery right to your friend’s house!
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