How to Give That "Gift of a Lifetime"
Giving that special someone a special gift can be very
difficult. Depending on the situation and occasion, it can be a
very tricky thing. You want to do the right thing, but if you’re
not careful, it can backfire. As many have found out, you need
to give this some considerable thought.
But everyone wants to give the "right" gift. What makes up a
In my experience, a great gift:
·Is truly unique, personal and creative; ·Demonstrates to the
recipient the thoughtfulness and caring that went into securing
the gift; ·Evokes emotions from the recipient whenever it is
used, seen or thought about; and ·Makes the recipient truly feel
A great gift doesn't necessarily have to cost hundreds or
thousands of dollars to be great. But also understand that
getting a gift that is cheap can show how much "you don't care."
Before you start to shop and buy, also consider the following:
1.Who is the recipient? Is it your spouse, significant other,
sibling, parents, relative, close friends, neighbor or business
2.Next, what is the occasion? Holiday, birthday, anniversary,
graduation, wedding, engagement, promotion, a "just because"
occasion, or "I-need-to-get-out-of-the-doghouse-occasion?"
3.Be yourself. The gift is from you, so make sure it shows it.
But be appropriate, and be sure the gift is something that the
recipient will relate to and enjoy.
4.Try to avoid excessiveness. Simple gifts tend to also be very
5.Don't wait until the last minute. It only gives you too little
time to get a great gift, and also shows how much you don't care.
Being creative is a fantastic way to ensure getting the right
gift. People love it when it's obvious their gift required some
imagination and creativity. So as you’re going through the “what
do I get them” process, remember that a little bit of
creativity, uniqueness and personalization will go a long, long
The true measure of a great gift will be seen in the eyes of the
recipient when they get it. You’ll know it, you’ll feel it, and
you’ll feel great yourself when you’ve given the “Great Gift”!