Finding the ideal birthday gift can be a real challenge!
When it comes to choosing the perfect birthday gift, it is usually a relief when we know exactly what someone wants, or we can make our lives easier by handing-over cash or a voucher. BUT this can feel a little impersonal, and detract from the thoughtful aspect of picking something perfect.
Although you are buying for someone else, you do want to enjoy the process yourself, and sometimes giving a gift can be as much fun as receiving one! Similarly – you don’t want the whole process to become fraught with worry because you really want to find the perfect thoughtful present. This is particularly true for special birthdays and for very close friends and family.
Who are you buying for?
For close friends and relatives we often know exactly what to buy. Aunt Florence is a crafter, so needs new embroidery thread, Uncle Frank always appreciates a good bottle of wine. These are straightforward options which are easy to purchase, and you know will be appreciated.
Sometimes, though, we are faced with a scenario where our nearest and dearest seem to have everything that they could ever need – so finding an appropriate gift becomes even more tough.
How about an age appropriate gift?
A visit to your local card shop will show that there are now lots of milestone birthdays which warrant special celebrations: 1st, 13th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 100th. All are special and have particular traditions associated with them. The difficulty can be finding a thoughtful gift which truly reflects a special age or occasion.
Different types of gifts
Nowadays we have lots of different gift options to choose from:
- Practical gifts
Some people are very practical and always seem to ‘need’ something so a practical gift is ideal.
- Luxurious gifts
We all know someone who prefers the finer things in life! Jewellery, fine wines and weekends away all make lovely luxurious gifts.
- Pampering gifts
A birthday can be a great excuse to pamper ourselves with beauty supplies, bath salts and spa sessions.
- Hobby gifts
For those who have specific hobbies, the right supplies and equipment make perfect gifts.
- Experience gifts
If a tangible gift isn’t appropriate – then consider an experience gift. There are lots of web sites which feature exactly these sorts of opportunities: special train journeys, hot air balloon rides, afternoon teas, bungee jumps! etc.
- Charity gifts
Some of us prefer not to receive anything for ourselves at all, and that is where canny charities have capitalised by offering gifts which are essentially donations to good causes.
- Personalised gifts
As we get older we build a large collection of memories and experiences and these are often the most precious things that we have. So finding a gift that captures these can be really special; a photo album, or online photo library or a memory book – or indeed, a personalised birthday poem, like we create here at Rhymes for Times.
These sorts of presents are unique and exclusive and are guaranteed to make the receiver feel valued and special. And for the gift giver they represent empathy, effort, thoughtfulness – reflecting happy and special times.
The right gift for the right person
The reality is that there is no such thing as a perfect gift because every individual has different likes and dislikes, and these can change throughout our lifetimes as well.
If you are looking for the perfect present, why not consider a bespoke birthday poetry gift from Rhymes for Times?