Naff is slang for uncool or not stylish. Few of us like receiving socks and shampoo as gifts. And yet, when we’re stuck for ideas for a friend or family member, many of us can be guilty of buying these generic gift items. Sure, it’s the thought that counts – but how much thought really goes into a bottle of shampoo? Let’s bring an end to these shoddy gifts once and for all. Even if you’re strapped for cash, here are just a few gift ideas that are far more exciting.
Personalizing a gift makes it more unique, no matter how small that present is. Many chocolate shops and online companies can allow you to choose candy with a personalized message. Meanwhile, those looking for personalized or monogrammed clothing can find it at Makaboo and other specialist online retailers. Those with a little more money to spend could even consider engraved gifts such as jewelry and phone cases.
If you can crochet blankets or make necklaces or bake a cake, these DIY skills could make for the perfect gift. The time and effort spent hand-crafting the gift is sure to be appreciated more than simply buying something from the shop.
Embracing memories that the two of you have shared will strengthen your bond with that person. This could be an album full of photographs or a photo collage made using a program such as Be Funky. You could even consider a private joke such as a souvenir reminder of a humorous holiday event.
Feed their interests
Sometimes people with obsessive hobbies can be the hardest people to buy for. Someone that is a keen sports fan may already have scarves and hats and memorabilia. Alternatively, fueling their hobby may be expensive – for example, if they like collecting guitars. Creatively shaped sweets or chocolates related to their hobby can be a fun gift that embraces their interest without being too pricey. This could be a chocolate spanner or sports-themed sweets. You can find such gifts usually by trawling Amazon.
Buy them an experience
For the person that already has everything, buying an experience can be the best option. This could be a theater showing or a meal out or a spa day. Experiences can be expensive, so shop around for discounts and promotions online. Companies such as Virgin Experience Days specialize in these kind of gifts.
Save money with a joint present
For those big gifts, you can lower costs by getting other people to chip in. The more of you that share the cost, the less you’ll each have to pay. This can be a great way of buying a costly meaningful gift such as a games console or a luxury handbag or a musical instrument or even an experience package.