Holidays and milestones in the lives of family and friends often require giving a gift to mark the occasion. Just as often, we may be faced with deciding what type of gift to give, without really knowing what is appropriate, either for a particular occasion or individual.
Everyone wants to give something that is functional, beautiful, and ideally tailored for the recipient. However, fulfilling each of these ideals is not always possible, particularly when we need to obtain a gift on short notice. A gift that is appropriate for all occasions is one that is both personal and universal. Here are some ideas to uncomplicate your spur-of-the-moment gift giving.
Give the Gift of Food and Drink
A meal is a symbol of friendship, camaraderie and celebration. A gift of consumable items is always welcome, especially when the foodstuffs are particular favorites of the person receiving them, or they are appropriate for the occasion.
Food gift baskets may be purchased premade, but making your own can be less expensive and more personal. Crackers, cheeses, fruit and meats may be combined into an attractive display, to be given wrapped or unwrapped. Alcoholic beverages are a good addition, if it is known that the recipient drinks them. Otherwise coffee, tea or sparkling juice may be substituted. The basket can be finished with a special non-edible item, such as stemware, coffee cup or floral accent.
Taking a co-worker, friend, or family member out to a special meal is another way that food can be gifted. A gift card to the recipient’s favorite restaurant can be an equally personal gesture.
Personalized Items Show Thoughtful Consideration
Engraved items are appropriate for giving, whether or not the recipient is well known by the giver. Items for the office are great for milestones, like graduation or promotion. Engraved house wares for wedding or anniversary are sure to be appreciated. Engraved jewelry for a special someone is the ultimate in personalization.
Gift Cards and Seasonally Appropriate Apparel
A gift card can be a personal gift, if a favorite or unique shopping venue is selected. Gift cards need not be in large denominations to be appreciated.
Seasonal apparel that is not size specific is also well received. A scarf, gloves or warm socks in the recipient’s favorite color or style should only be given in the season that they can be immediately utilized.
A well-regarded gift is most importantly, carefully chosen and thoughtfully given.