They say you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but we all still do it, don’t we? It’s a sad fact of life: when it comes to presents, we all say it’s the kind thought that matters, but we don’t really mean it, deep down. Whatever the gift giving occasion may be, the way we make our love, appreciation, and care show matters as much as the fact that we remembered to actually get a present for the important day. This is why it may be a good idea to make a brief list of failsafe presents for every special event fate may throw your way. If you can’t wrap your head around the ultimate gift guide, you can use this one until you come up with your own ideas for every occasion.
Ideally, birthday presents should be chosen based on the preferences and needs of the person they are intended for. Nevertheless, in case you can’t come up with a personalized gift, you can always go with a scented candle, scarf, or a novel if the gift receiver is a lady, or opt for a set of headphones, a fountain pen and a planner, or portable battery charger or power pack if the gift is intended for a man.
Valentine’s Day is the best occasion to make your loved one show just how well you know them and how much you care. If your girlfriend hasn’t voiced any special gift wishes, a bottle of wine, a bouquet of fresh flowers, and a box of fine chocolates will do the trick. Alternately, you can get her a necklace or a bracelet that fit her dressing style. If you need to get a gift for your man but are short on ideas, a special dinner for two or tickets to a sports event will be a good gift option.
Graduations call for special presents: after all, every freshly-minted graduate deserves a reward for their hard work, as well as a handpicked survival kit to kick-start the rest of their life. While a crate of beer or a bottle of fine spirits won’t go amiss, a celebratory flask, business card holder, automatic coffee brewer, or GoPro camera will make a present every alumnus will appreciate.
Moving home opens a new chapter in a person’s life, so you’d better pick the present wisely if you’ve been invited to a housewarming party. Framed motivational posters, bottle openers, and cookbooks are a go-to for housewarming gifts, but if you want to avoid clichés, you can go with functional yet quirky gifts such as original duvet covers, water carafes, vases, or jewelry boxes.
Wedding gifts are usually the easiest to handle: every newlywed couple could use a set of wine glasses, plates, or pans, or a pre-booked weekend break deal at the local spa center. Still, when selecting the wedding gift, you shouldn’t make choices based on personal opinion: it’s better to ask the newlyweds what they need instead of wasting cash on furniture, cutlery, or accessories they have already.
The best and the worst thing about anniversaries is that they happen every year, which means your gift options will grow more limited as time goes by. To make anniversary present selection easier on your nerves, try making the present the DIY way or order a heartwarming gift such as a bathrobe with monograms, personalized pillow cases or blankets, or a leather planner or journal with a custom-printed watermark displaying your loved one’s initials.
A baby shower is another special occasion which calls for memorable presents. Fortunately, it isn’t all that difficult to pick a perfect gift for a baby shower: it should be baby oriented, so plush toys, baby clothes, coloring books, furnishings, and other gear for the tiny human will fit the gift giving bill. To stay in the good books of the mom-to-be, though, you should bring along a box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, or a similar token of appreciation after your hostess’ heart.
You have a special occasion is coming your way? Fret not: with the ideas above, you’ll always be ready for the big day gift-wise – just don’t be surprised if your friends and family start calling you up every time they decide to go shopping for presents. Good luck!
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