Think about their hobbies and interests. What do they like to do? Equally as important, do you feel comfortable gifting within the hobby? For example: A nice new golf shirt might be great for an avid yet casual golfer. But steer away from specific golf equipment for the scratch golfer.
Top 10 Hobbies
Having a budget in mind when starting a gift search is a great idea. The thought does count! Just remember, spending too much on a gift can be as awkward as spending too little. Keep in mind the recipient, occasion and relationship depth when considering gift extravagance.
Hearing is by far the most important of the senses when it comes to gifting. Many times within a conversation hints and ideas come directly from a recipient's mouth.
They say: "This week I have finals, but then I'm all done with grad school. I can't wait to relax a little"
A great gifter hears:
"I'm exhausted, a spa experience
would be a great graduation gift"
Adding a creative personal touch to a gift shows the recipient you took time, effort and thought to make the gift special. The best part? Most times optimizing a gift is a no or low cost thing to do. So how do you optimize a gift? Here are some examples:
for a birthday
Optimize: With laser engraved inscription or pre-load the ipod with music and movies you know the recipient will love and appreciate.
Optimize: Make a print of a picture you know they'll love or will have special meaning and place it in the frame.
on baseball for Father's Day (or cooking for Mother's Day)
Optimize: A dated, hand-written note like "6/19/11 Thanks for always having time to play catch with me Dad! Happy Father's Day" inside the book's cover is gift optimizing at its heartfelt best.