The feeling when you gift someone, and you can see the joy, excitement, and vibrant look on their faces is unmatched. Giving gifts not only makes the recipient feel good but also enhances how we feel about ourselves. Thus, there is no doubt that gifting is among the five languages of love.

Gift-giving affirms our care and affection to the gifted party and improves our relationships. However, gift-giving can be a task by itself since it takes creativity and mindfulness to find and present the perfect gift. Gifting appeals to the inner personality core of both parties and helps you to sustain a pleasurable experience. That said, here are a few tips on how to give better gifts.

Before you can put your money into buying a gift, take time to give it some thought. Determine who you are gifting and what they like. Knowing more about the gift receiver allows you to get creative and research for the best gift ideas. This way, you can acquire a gift that appeals personally and show the receiver that you care about them and know about their preferences.

Sometimes, it’s imperative to ask the receiver about their idea of a perfect gift and what they would prefer as a present. There’s nothing wrong with surprise gifts as they show mindfulness of the recipient, but if the recipient had made a gift request, it would be best to honor it. Giving the recipient what he/she wants should be part of your research for the perfect gift.

Determine the Relationship
Your relationship with the recipient should guide you in choosing the perfect gift based on your relationship values. The present should be relevant to your relationship to discern the best gift idea that appeals on a personal level. Determine your emotional proximity to the recipient to find the best gift that says you appreciate how far your relationship has come.

Experience-tied Gifting
You may choose a tangible gift to represent a particular experience that you have had with the recipient. Conversely, you can opt out of material things and choose to provide an experience as a gift. It is safe to say that experiential gifts connect you and bring you closer to the recipient as they evoke certain emotions.

Start by thinking of a unique experience that you’ve had with the recipient and find something that reminds them of that day. You can also choose to offer an experience based on the recipient’s hobbies and interests. That said, concert tickets, traveling, or doing something that the recipient has always dreamt of doing may be a good gift idea.

Gift of Time
You can also gift the recipient with time-saving services or experiences. You may decide to grant a week of free take-outs or choose to cater to the recipient’s cleaning services bill for a week. Time-tied gifts may also include spending time with the recipient to create memories as you bond.

Consider Past Generosity
Reciprocating a past act of generosity from the recipient may also narrow your search for the perfect gift. This type of gift shows that you still remember when the recipient was kind to you and would like to pay back in a unique manner and go bigger.

Looks do matter, and that’s why it’s imperative to get creative with your wrapping. Your gift presentation affects how the recipient views you, and it would be best to use a good wrap or gift case accompanied by a note. The note should be subtle, show appreciation, affirmative, and straight to the point.

You don’t have to be extravagant with your gift, especially if the recipient understands your situation. Thus, you don’t have to worry about the gift size or price as it’s the message and action that matters. Something as simple as evening loungewear can be the greatest gift your loved one receives all year. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and something subtle and straightforward will go a long way to show your appreciation for the recipient.

Gift-giving is an art, and every artist was first an amateur. Thus, the art of gift-giving symbolizes the inward significance and not the outward representation. Don’t overthink it, and keep the recipient in mind to choose the perfect gift.

Author's Bio: 

Reggie Moore is a professional writer and proto-entrepreneur. When not trying to tinker with a new thing, process, or idea, Reggie can usually be found saying the words “Well, actually…” to an unsuspecting bystander.