Tip #1 : It's Not About You!
Tip #2 : How Much To Spend
This is often based on your budget, but there are some loose guidelines to help you determine what is the "right" amount to spend on a gift. Having a spending limit in mind will narrow your choices and help with any decision paralysis you encounter due to the amount of options available.
"Thank You Gift" : $5.00 - $15.00
Birthday Gift : $15.00 - $40.00
Shower Gift : $25.00 - $50.00
Housewarming Gift : $25.00 - $50.00
Hostess Gift : $10.00 - $20.00
Wedding Gift : $50.00 - $100.00+
Teacher/Professional Appreciation Gift : $10.00 - $25.00
Tip #3 : What Not to Buy
These are not hard and fast rules by any means, but there are some things you should avoid if you are really trying to choose a great gift from the heart. Those things are:
Gag Gifts - One laugh and then never thought of again
Gift Cards - Impersonal and lack effort
Flowers - Too easy and they die (sad face)
Offensive Gifts - Tread lightly on things that toe the line between funny and shocking. Refer back to Tip #1 if you are unsure.
Cheap Gifts - Sensitive topic, I know, but don't be super cheap if you are trying to be thoughtful and get someone you care about something they will like. Consider stepping it up a notch and get a gift that will last. The old saying, "they don't make em like they used to" is very true, but some things are still made well if you seek them out.
Tip #4 - Make it Useful
When in doubt after going though the first three tips, choose the most useful gift for your recipient. Will they wear it often? Can they utilize its function regularly? Is it in line with their habits? These questions will help you whittle down your choices to land on the best option.
Tip #5 : Wrap it Beautifully!
The gift wrap is the first impression. It makes a statement and, therefore, it makes a difference. Grab a box, some nice paper, a ribbon or a fun bow... and wrap it up. If you don't know how to wrap, find someone who does or bring it to Gifted Boutique and Wrappery, and we will take care of it for you. Put in the effort and it will make your recipient smile.
Happy gift buying! And... don't forget the card!