The procedure of choosing gifts is much more than a good deed to a friend. Gift choices vary, from corporate gifts to client, to the intimate gifts given to loved ones. Whatever the case, it is important to know the interest of the person for whom the gifts are being chosen. For instance, if the person is a toy lover, buying them a cat will be a complete waste of time. If they are a close friend, chances are that they will have talked about their likes and dislikes. However, if they are not close, there are ways through which one can determine what they like. Look at their social media profiles; Facebook, twitter or Instagram to get an idea of what their favorites are. Talk to their closest friends and find out what they might like.
Before beginning the search for a present, make a budget. The general rule of thumb is that the closer one is to the person for whom they are buying a present; the more expensive the presents are likely to be. Expensive does not have to be a high end car, though, and can simply be a wine gift. However, there needs to be a budget that governs the procedure. Gifts are supposed to communicate feelings. For those intimate gifts, instead of going extraordinarily over the top, go for a gift that is personal, like a handmade keychain, or decorated notepad. The effort shows the person receiving the present just how much they are valued.
To avoid instances of getting impersonal gifts like wine gift hampers of gift cards, tag someone along when going shopping. Look especially for mutual friends as they will be in a better position to help with the choices. When in a gift shop, one can get confused, instead tending to drift towards choosing gifts they would like rather than those they would like someone else to have.
The gift choice and purchase is not the end of the journey, though. The presentation of the gift also means as much as the gift itself. Just as the effort expended in looking for the gift matters, the presentation will also be just as important. Under no circumstance should a gift be wrapped in a newspaper. Look for presentable gift wrappings and tie the gift up with a ribbon. If possible, ask the gift shop attendant for help in wrapping the gift. If possible, a card should also be part of the presentation and wrapping. It is considered rude by some people to have them guessing whom the sender of a gift is. Write a short message if the person is not to close, or go all out and write a poem that will make that special someone’s day. Some people prefer recording a message into a CD and sending it as part of the package. Sometimes, the message might be more meaningful than the actual gift.
If possible, deliver the gift individually. Unless the distances are too far, take the gift to the intended recipient personally. This is especially important for those personal intimate gifts.