Be a Better Gift Giver – 10 Things You Should be Doing


You’re thinking about getting your loved one the perfect gift. To do this, you need to be the best possible gift giver. Below we went through 10 things that will help you do this. So, read ahead if you want to learn more.

Make Sure They Can Return It

Although you might love what you got them, you may not have done as good of a job as you thought.

That’s why you should get a present that can be returned. Luckily for you, most stores allow such a thing. However, they may have strict return policies, like only being able to return goods during a specific period.

Moreover, consider what the store will let them be exchanged for. Some offer store credit while others refund you. To cover all bases, purchase from a store that returns your money. Your loved ones would able to use it to buy something elsewhere if the store doesn’t have anything that they like.

Ditch The Gift!

Gifts are great but are no match for a night out with the people you love.

Think about getting your loved one an experience they’ll cherish forever. Fortunately for you, this is easy as planning a trip is not that hard. You can see this in guides like Think about spots that you can take them to that they’ll enjoy. Everyone loves being pampered, after all.

To ensure the experience is as memorable as possible, you can make it quite the affair. So, let it be a large event, with multiple little surprises in-between.

Relieve A Burden

While on the topic of unusual gifts, helping them solve issues they have is a great gift as well. Remember that everyone goes through problems, so it’s likely that your loved one may be caught up in something.

Whether it’s money problems or a lack of time to do something they love, don’t be afraid to step in.

Of course, you should assess the situation first. If they have money problems and you hand them a wad of cash, they may not appreciate the effort and might think you’re looking down on them.

Keep Your Eyes Open

Your loved one may be someone who has everything, or so you think. Although they have a range of goodies at home, they may lack some essential goods. For example, maybe they don’t seem to have proper plating sets, bedspreads, or toiletries. These are things that no one thinks about gifting as they’re not that glamorous. However, getting your loved one something that they need, no matter how small it is, is great as it’ll be of use.

How Expensive Is It?

Certainly, you can get them something that doesn’t cost much.

However, you want to get the best possible gift, so think about splurging on them. They won’t mind you getting them something cheap, but the more expensive it is, the more special they’ll feel. They will feel more spoiled and indulged at the end of the day.

You may not have the cash for something so expensive. No need to worry if you planned ahead. You can waited for a sale to hit and grab whatever you’re interested in for a fraction of the price. There are multiple sales a year, so this isn’t hard to do.

Make It Occasion-Oriented

You’re most likely going to be getting them something for a specific occasion.

To make sure you’re being the best possible gift giver, make the gift as specific to the occasion as possible. Luckily for you, this is where gift guides come into play. With a quick search online, you’ll see that there is a multitude of them out there, for specific occasions like

As there are many for you to choose from, don’t be shy to be extensive with your hunt.

Does It Look Good?

Let’s say that your loved one needs a new pair of shoes.

Certainly, you have your mind set on getting them a certain pair, but maybe it’ll be something they won’t like. It’s not that they won’t find it useful, or that they already have the pair, but that it doesn’t look good.

To be the best gift-giver, you need to keep their tastes in mind. Although what you’re getting looks great to you, remember that everyone is different. To make sure you don’t slip up, take someone who’s very close to them when doing your shopping.

Do Not Gloat

Yes, you got them an amazing gift, but you shouldn’t gloat about it.

This would make the occasion more about you than them. It would also make you look arrogant, which you don’t want. At the end of the day, this would ruin the effort behind the gift.

Execute It Well

We left the most important point for last. Whatever gift you get them, you must present it well.

This elevates it, making it the perfect present. Even if you got them something expensive, presenting it badly would diminish its value. It would make it seem like something you bought and wrapped at the last minute. You may not be the most design-oriented person and that’s okay.

You can get it gift wrapped at the store you bought it from, instead.

Make It An Occasion

While on the topic of executing the presentation, you can make your gift-giving an event. No, not gifting them an experience, but making the unboxing something memorable. The easiest way to do this is by making it a surprise.

As you can see, you can do a number of things to improve your gift-giving.

With everything we mentioned, you can make your gifts something your loved one always remembers. In terms of the most important points, ensure that you’re giving them something they can use and will like. What’s more, how you present it is important as it can elevate the present too.

So, will you be making use of everything we mentioned? If you do, they’re sure to have a smile on their face when they see the effort you’ve put in.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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