Giving gifts to those you love is a tradition that spans across cultures and occasions. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or just a random act of kindness, giving a great gift can bring joy and strengthen the bonds between people. The best gifts are those that put a smile on the recipient’s face, both when they receive it and every time they use it. But what makes a gift truly special? It's not about the cost; it's about the thought, effort, and consideration you put into selecting the perfect present. In this blog, we'll explore the art of gift-giving and provide you with tips and ideas on how to give special gifts that will leave a lasting impression.
It may sound obvious, but the first and most crucial step in giving a great gift is to think about the person you're giving it to. What do they like to do? What brings them joy? Take the time to think about their interests, hobbies, and preferences. Do they love spending time with family? Do they love to cook and entertain? Or is their perfect evening a quiet one spent curled up with a glass of wine and a great book? The more you know about the recipient, the easier it will be to choose a gift that resonates with them.
Great gifts are personal and meaningful. Look for something that reflects the recipient's uniqueness. Personalized gifts, such as custom-made items, monogrammed accessories, or items related to a shared memory or inside joke, show that you've put thought and effort into the gift. Coasters made from pages of their favorite book, a wine glass with their monogram, or a custom picture frame with a favorite photo are all wonderful gifts that make the recipient feel special.
While sentimental gifts are cherished, useful gifts are always appreciated. Think about what the recipient needs or can use in their daily life. If they love to cook, fun kitchen accessories make special gifts. Practical gifts, like gourmet coffee or a travel tumbler for the coffee lover, or cute note cards for someone whose family and friends aren’t nearby, show that you've considered their everyday needs. For new parents, a “Be Well” gift basket will help them to take care of themselves so they can better care for the little one.
Creativity can make your gift stand out. Consider unconventional gift ideas or unexpected combinations of items. Think about the recipient's passions and interests and look for unique, handcrafted, or locally sourced gifts. If a dog has their heart, maybe a gift for their fur baby would be loved. A “Build-Your-Own” gift basket or box lets you pick and choose items unique to that individual. This one-of-a-kind present will always leave a lasting impression and shows how much you care.
Pay attention to the recipient's hints and comments throughout the year. They may drop subtle hints about things they want or hope to get. Did they mention a cause that is near and dear to them, such as autism or animal welfare? Keep a journal of gift ideas to remember these clues when the occasion arises. I am always delighted when I jot down the perfect gift for someone, even if their special day is months away. It makes it so much easier when you’ve planned ahead.
Sometimes, the best gifts are experiences rather than physical items. Consider giving the gift of a memorable experience, such as tickets to a concert, a spa day, a cooking class, or a weekend getaway. How about a puzzle and a date to work on it together? Experiences create lasting memories and can be more meaningful than material possessions.
A beautifully presented gift can elevate the overall experience. A gift basket with a striking bow is sure to please; bonus points if the container is also a gift that they can use. If you ship your gift, a lovely box will delight the recipient even before they open it. Imagine their joy as they discover each item you have chosen for them. The anticipation and excitement of unwrapping a well-presented gift will enhance the recipient's appreciation.
No matter the occasion, a special gift that shows how much you care will always be appreciated. At Three Basketeers, we have customizable gift baskets and gift boxes for every occasion, from birthdays to grief care to “just because.” We are always willing to help you select just the right gift for that special someone. Let us help you to be a Superstar gift giver!
Sue Swanson is a co-founder and CEO of Three Basketeers, Inc a nonprofit gift basket business that provides meaningful work for adults with developmental disabilities. With six grown children and six grandchildren, she has had many years of thoughtful gift giving. Her youngest son Brett has autism and is the driving force behind her passion for helping adults with developmental disabilities. She has been helping customers of Three Basketeers find the perfect Special Gift since 2019.