Finding the best birthday gifts seems simple enough... and yet every year you struggle to find the perfect one.
Well, we've put together the top tips and tricks from some of the best Givaholics around. This handy little guide helps you find the best gifts out there, because there’s nothing better than watching someone open the perfect birthday present that you gave them.
What do you give the person who has everything? A disappearing birthday gift!
To qualify for “disappearing” status, the gift must be something that can be eaten, applied, consumed, used, or eventually emptied. No nick-nacks to put in storage. No wall hangings to shove in the garage. No gifts to re-gift for someone else’s birthday. Once used, it’s gone!
These are excellent examples of disappearing birthday gifts:
Your giftee might like it SO much that they ask for the same gift next year!
But don’t buy your wife lotion and candles every year. That gets old.
So many of us just make-do with what we have. That’s fine, but imagine
how delighted you would be on your birthday to have an upgraded version
of the stuff you love! Everyone loves an upgrade.
These make some of the best birthday gifts. Upgrade and say goodbye to “making-do”!
These are also disappearing gifts in a way. They get opened, used, and
they are gone! But remember – these gifts are not about YOU. They are
about your giftee.
If he wants to see the big game up close and personal but you hate sports, get a second ticket for his buddy to join him. If she loves the opera and you don’t, send her with one of her friends!
Don’t go with them and rain on their parade, but do give them a chance to enjoy the things they love – with or without you.
Here are some of the best birthday gifts of experience:
And of course, if you know they are going to go on an adventure, you can always buy the accessories (ex: they're going skydiving, so you buy them the coolest goggles...).
There are countless ways to capture a memory and give it in a giftable form. If it brings back great memories, you have a great birthday present! Here are some ideas:
Give service - your time, your efforts, or your talents. Be creative! There are thousands of ways people can give of themselves, and homemade birthday gifts (coming soon) are the best ways to say “I really care about you”.
Start by thinking about what you are good at.
Get your imagination flowing and the options are endless!
Want the secret to knowing what someone really wants? Watch and listen for complaints or something they can't stop talking about. If they can’t stop talking about it (good or bad) it
is either a problem to be solved or a must-have indulgence!
There are 2 very important questions to ask yourself before you choose any birthday gift...
Luxuries simply make the best birthday gifts.
The best birthday gifts meet a certain "expected" level of quality. Consider reciprocating the quality of gifts that you receive from them. If they give you a really nice gift, you should probably think about getting a nice gift for them as well.
Think of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. If they WOW you with your present, try
to get something that WOWs them too.
There are exceptions.
Parents know that young kids give ceramic hand prints... and parents do not need to return this favor. :) But husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends, siblings, coworkers - all you folks should be giving gifts on par with what you might receive.
If you received gifts from them before, then you have an idea of what their taste is. They obviously thought the gift they gave was worth giving.
Give them something on that same level.
We are constantly gathering the best birthday gifts and ideas to share with our readers! Get more birthday present ideas based on your giftee’s age, interests, and your relationship with them - mom, girlfriend, sister, etc.
You can start with this handy little list.
What are the best birthday gifts you've ever received? Did you get a great response from a present you gave? Tell us about it in the comments below!