The clock is ticking as we head towards Christmas. There are only a handful of shopping days left and even fewer posting days. But don’t panic, you still have plenty of time to find the perfect gifts for the people in your life. The following is a sure fire way to find something thoughtful and meaningful for just about anyone.
- Set A Budget
Set your budget at the outset and stick to it. Rather than being restrictive, this will help you narrow down your choices. Remember that gifts are not about money. They’re a token of your regard for that person.
- Make A List
Make a list of all the people in your life you’re going to buy gifts for. Don’t miss anyone out.
- Thinking Time
Set some time aside for thinking and planning. If you hit the shops now without a plan, you’re just going to get stressed. Wandering aimlessly through crowds of shoppers is no-one’s idea of fun. Put on some Christmas music, make a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mulled wine or your beverage of choice.
Take out some paper and colored pens. You’re going to get creative. And you might as well make this as fun as possible.
- Mind Mapping
You’re going to create some mind maps. Mapping is a great way to link ideas together around a central subject, and it makes it easier to plan and get the thoughts out of your head. Start a new page for each person on your list. Add their name to the center of the page with a circle around it. Draw lines coming off the central circle containing your ideas.
- Use Questions To Prompt You
This is where it gets tricky. If you feel you fail at buying good gifts, you’re looking at a blank page with a circle in the middle. Where do you go from here? Ask yourself several questions about that person. For example, are they visual, auditory, kinesthetic, cognitive, feeling? Visual people rely on sight and will appreciate art, photographs, ornaments, etc. Perhaps you could find a photograph (or take one) of a favorite place and have it framed? Auditory people perceive the world through sound first and will appreciate gifts related to this. Music is the obvious choice but you may not know what they own already. So, think about podcast subscriptions, concert tickets, headphones, etc. Kinesthetic people are ‘doing’ people. They appreciated gifts that they can get involved and immerse themselves in. If they’re creative, a craft kit or any experience day would be ideal. Cognitive people are often analytical thinkers. Opt for gifts that will stimulate this such as gadgets, books, puzzles, etc. Feeling people are often attuned to touch and will appreciate gifts that rely on this sense, such as a soft, wooly scarf, beard conditioner, etc.
This is always a good place to start. Other questions that will provide useful prompts are:
- What do they do in their spare time?
- What are their hobbies and interests?
- Do they travel and, if so, do they have a favorite place?
- What do you know about them? Eg. do they always feel the cold? Are they always singing or listening to music?
- Have they mentioned a problem that you could find a solution to? For example, do they frequently complain that it’s cold at work?
- Are they easily bored?
- Do they have a long commute?
The more creative you are with your questioning, the more gift ideas will come to mind.
Using this technique and setting aside some thinking time will help you find the perfect gift for just about anyone.