How to be a Gift Giving Genius

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Think about all the gifts you really remember. I mean the ones that you loved or left a lasting impression. What do they have in common? I bet you they were experiential, personalized or horrifically awful. Most great gifts are one of the three.

I highly recommend skipping the horrifically awful and aiming for experiential or personalized. Both can be done on almost any budget…you just might have to do a little DIY.

Giving a great gift is very simple. I mean a gift that leaves an impression! I promise it’s not hard, but (there it is the but!) it does take a little time and some effort.

The hardest part is coming up with the idea. And now you don’t even have to do that. Just look over the ones in the gift database and pick an idea that you like. All you have to do is personalize that idea to the person you need the gift for and bam you’re done!

To get your creative juices going, I have picked one idea and made up three people to give this gift. I give an example of how I would personalize the idea to each individual person. I hope you find inspiration in these examples.

Again, if you need some help or are just not seeing what I’m saying, email me and I am happy to help out!

Idea Title: Judge a Book By Its Cover
Buy 3 books for someone to express things you want to do with them. My preference is to wrap them individually and tie them together to make a nice presentation.  Also write a meaningful note to go with them!

Giftee #1: Wife, Valentines Day gift, likes reading, shopping and the theatre; sentiment to convey – I love you and want you to have a fun, passionate and love filled life with me

Gift: Books – Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time, Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips and 101 Nights of Grrreat Sex: Secret Sealed Seductions for Fun-Loving Couples

Extras- Bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries, booking for a romantic BB at the coast for the weekend or a comfy throw for her reading chair)

Note in card: You are more than my wife and my best friend- you are the air I breathe. I cannot imagine spending one day without YOU so I want to make every single day count. These books express only a few of the many things I want to do with YOU, places I want to go with YOU and adventures I want to start with YOU. I am wholly and utterly in love with YOU. Be my Valentine forever.

Giftee #2: 67 year old father, birthday gift, likes football, jazz, news, church and spending time with friends, lives in Atlanta; sentiment to convey – Have a good time in retirement

Gift: Books given- Blessed Be Jazz, Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look and Day Trips from Atlanta: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler

Extras – if budget allows – add some cash for day trips or football game tickets

Note in Card: Dad- HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLD MAN!! I am not sure if you are over the hill or on top of it with your arms in the air and a smile that says Heck Yeah! I mean isn’t retirement what we are all striving for? Haha I hope that you have a great day and a wonderful year! Enjoy the books and go out on some day trips and have a good time with the guys! Love you! P.S. I can’t make you root for a better team (Go Steelers!) but hopefully you can learn some cool stuff about the game!

Giftee #3: 13 year old son, birthday gift, likes video games and baseball; sentiment you want to convey- love and spending time together and having new adventures

Gift: Books – Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer’s Edition, The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It and Family Fun Night (suggestion-add tabs to some you want to do right away)

Extras – Tickets to a baseball game, admission tickets to some local adventures or that new video game he is dying to have.

Note in card: Son, we love you more than any words we could ever write will express. The greatest gift we have in life in spending time with you exploring the world. Happy Birthday Buddy!

Got a great gift idea? Share it in the comments sections and let’s add it to the gift database!


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