One of the best parts of the holiday season is the giving of gifts to the people you love and care for. One of the hardest parts of the holiday season is figuring out what gifts to give the people you love and care for. Some people make it easy by being extremely vocal about what they would most like to receive and others just hand out lists. But there still seem to be more question marks than solid answers when you are trying to determine what to get for your friends and family. Maybe you just have a hard time deciphering the small clues they give out or maybe you just want to get them something unique, something maybe they didn’t even realize they wanted until they got it.
Step number one to gift giving is pay attention to the gift recipient. What are their hobbies? What do they like to do in their spare time? Are the avid readers? Are they involved in sports? Are they hunters? Are they gamers? These are the building blocks of gift giving, knowing what they like. Once you have determined what they truly enjoy you can do some internet searching. Perhaps you will find a bookstore online that supplies rare, first edition texts. Who knows? You might not find anything worth your while but it is always worth looking into.
Some of the best gifts are the ones that aren’t necessarily a material item wrapped in paper with a bow on top. Look into what classes and “experiences” are offered in your area. For a gun enthusiast you might find a carbine training course or a great deal on a shooting range membership. If you have a budding artist to shop for you can look into local courses on anything from painting, sketching, and sculpting. Maybe the person you are shopping for has long had the desire to learn another language. Most cities offer language courses through recreational centers or community colleges.
You can also look into the world of “experience” gift giving. Some people have the desire to act out their dreams of being cowboys, race car drivers, or police officers for a day. You can look into what is offered locally and maybe find a way to give your loved one that experience. If you have a friend or family member that loves art, science, or animals you can talk to local museums and zoos to see if you can arrange a behind the scenes tour of the facilities to give your loved one a hand on experience. You would be surprised by how many establishments are willing and even eager to assist you in this regard.
Maybe all you need to do to give the very best gift is to spend some time with your loved one. Take them out to a nice restaurant or plan a camping trip, something that requires you to give them your time and your attention. Often this is the gift that means the most and that is remembered the most fondly.