The key to giving a great birthday gift (or any gift) is to tailor the gift to the recipient. This might seem obvious, but too often the biggest mistake people make when choosing a gift is to select a gift because its something they like, not something the recipient will like. Think about who this gift is for. What do they like to do? How do they spend their time? Where do they go after work? What are their hobbies?
Below is one gift finding method that works incredibly well. This process might seem like a lot of work, but I find that it actually saves me time in the long run because I don’t need to spend all my time window shopping and traveling from store to store.
- Set a budget first. This is very important to have up-front, if you don’t, you might end up spending too much money and feeling buyers remorse.
- Create a list of your gift recipients interests and hobbies. What does this person like to do? Where do they spend their free time? You might want to talk to the person’s closest friends or family members if you don’t know them well enough to answer these questions on your own.
- Search Amazon, or Google for each of these categories. You will find dozens of common gifts and products in that category. Come up with a few ideas for each one. (At this stage do not worry too much about price. You might come up with new ideas because of the first ideas you write down.)
- Now, remove any ideas that are out of budget, or that you don’t think are a good fit (maybe the recipient already has one, or it’s not a product you can get in time).
- Remove any ideas that you think are boring or that you would not be excited to give. The best gifts are the ones you can get excited about.
- Organize the list. I start with the ideas that I think the person will use most, or be most excited about.
- Last – Choose an idea that is in your budget, relevant to one of your recipients hobbies or interests
Great birthday gifts are often gifts that a person would want and enjoy, but not something that they would likely buy for themselves. For example, a practical person might buy an eBook to save a few dollars, but they would prefer to have the physical copy. The physical copy of that book might be a great gift.