5 ways to become a gift-giving ninja

20th December 2017

Take it from the experts – giving great gifts isn’t just a matter of rocking up at the petrol station the night before and splashing out on a battered box of chocs and some wilting tulips.

It doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on something flash either.

Gift-giving is an art, and we’re here to give you a little insight into how to get it right time and again. After all, it isn’t just about making someone else happy. When you give the perfect gift, it lights up your own life too!

1. Listen hard

Guess what? All of us give away our gifting wishes all the time. We don’t do it deliberately – mostly – but our conversations are peppered with comments about the things we love. Things we’ve read about, things we’ve seen – simply listen to what your friends and family say throughout the year and you’ll pick up some great ideas with no extra effort.

2. Make it personal

Everyone’s unique, and no one knows your loved ones’ little quirks quite like you do. Armed with this knowledge, you’re in a great position to match the gift to their personality. If they like travelling, how about a bag or passport holder? If they’re mad for fitness, they might like a book about healthy eating. You get the idea!

3. Do some good

Not everyone wants more stuff in their life. These days, lots of people want to declutter, and whatever you buy will probably find its way to the charity shop. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give a little gifting pleasure. Do they have a favourite charity? Perhaps you could donate on their behalf – or sponsor an animal, or give towards a specific project that they support.

4. Get on their hobby horse

Most of us have a specific interest that fires our enthusiasm. It could be something that seems a bit of a mystery to others – trainspotting or collecting Care Bears for instance – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great source of gift inspiration. Ebay is particularly good for one-off obscurities that you’ll never find in a shop!

5. Do it yourself

If you have a creative skill then you’re halfway there already. Sketches, paintings, short stories or poems, handmade ornaments, framed photographs… all these things make unique and very special gifts. But this isn’t just for the artists among us.  If you’re good at baking, make something tasty. If you have a knack for DIY, do something around the house. Like driving? Take them on a day out. Think not about what your country can do for you, but about what you can do in the name of gifting!