For the “perfect” gift, you want to express your sentiment and stay within budget, and get something easy to wrap or mail. It’s often a challenge. Here are a few ways to make it easier.
DIY Always Does It
DIY gifts are the most personal, and recipients seem to value them more. An upcycled gift that costs you nothing is still very appreciated.
There are fool-proof DIY tutorials everywhere online. Check Pinterest and YouTube for step-by-step tutorials. First decide which the materials and techniques you like, and try your hand. Here are a few examples for easy DIY.
- Sugar body scrub
- Photo transfer to canvas or wood
- Essential-oil potpourri
- Scented soaps
- Fun-painted wooden box
- Personalized photo album
What for the Impossible Man?
It’s virtually impossible to find a thoughtful gift for a man, especially men you don’t know well. Men are practical, and usually don’t care if the gift is hand-crafted or made in China. As a general rule, they want something they can use, or that is totally used up. Here are a few winners.
- Food or candy
- Key ring
- Catch-all bowl
- A nice belt
- Membership in a “shave club”
- Anything from the famous gift site for men, Uncommon Goods
Prices for Unique and Ho-Hum are the Same!
Face it – a boxed set of perfume, body scrubs, or makeup are ho-hum gifts. They are probably one of the most re-gifted items, because nobody really wants them. It says “I had to get you a gift, and this was the first one I found” and doesn’t represent your care for the gift recipient. There are exceptions, of course.
Unique gifts are easy to find and they can cost the same as boring gifts. Think outside of the box. Search Etsy for hand-crafted gifts, or Amazon for most anything. Here are just a few of the many unique gifts you can find.
- Hand-crafted wine cork
- Unique desk accessories
- A beautiful vase or décor item
- Wind chimes
- Artwork, directly from the artist
A Gift for the Practical and Sentimental
Even in this digital age, printed photos will always be the standard. Gifts for memory lovers are easy with a new approach. Try photo Folio Boxes or Image Boxes that have a unique organization concept, and can be ordered with beautiful wrap-around covers. Gifts that helps organize memories and old photos are perfect for anyone – a young bride or a grandmother.