It’s that time of year again when everyone scrambles to find the perfect gift for their loved ones. But what will be in style in 2022? What will make them feel loved and appreciated?
In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the top characteristics of great gifts to determine what exactly makes a great gift. So, whether you’re looking for ideas for yourself or someone else, read on to learn about what you should consider when buying a gift in the future.
It Fulfills a Need
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that gifts are seen from different perspectives depending on the person giving and receiving. Often, the person giving wants to surprise the receiver and be admired by the witness to the gift giving. Meanwhile, the receiver just wants the gift they asked for, and they want a gift they can use for years to come, most of the time.
It’s important to understand that gifts need to fulfill one of the four needs. First, a good gift needs to solve a problem that the receiver is having. For example, this could be anything from a device that needs repairs, an escape from boredom, or accessories for a hobby.
Second, a good gift should also have meaning or sentimentality since this is always appreciated. For example, this could be a custom star map showing the position of stars when the person was born or a carefully created photobook leading up to the person in the present day.
The other two needs would be something like the effectiveness of the gift, as mentioned above, and a gift that fulfills the receiver’s desires.
The next aspect of a great gift might surprise many, but the presentation of the gift matters a lot, too. First, a well-wrapped gift gives the receiver the impression that they matter greatly to you, which is why the gift was so well-wrapped. More than that, it adds to the experience of receiving the gift.
Did you know that even if you have a relatively boring gift, the receiver appreciates it much more by making the experience of opening it more exciting? For example, if you were going to gift someone something, taking them to a restaurant and paying for lunch, then giving the gift will make it seem much better.
Another factor of a great gift is that it doesn’t need to be a physical object. As mentioned above, people love sentimental gifts, and there is nothing more sentimental than gifting someone an unforgettable experience. As such, if you are wondering what to get someone as a gift for Christmas for example, why not gift them an experience?
There are many things you can gift as an experience. As mentioned above, you could take the person to a restaurant they like and pay for the meal. Another great idea would be a short holiday trip or even a road trip if the person is adventurous. If the person is very outdoorsy, you could pay to go camping.
Of all the factors that make a gift great, one of the most influential is the practicality of the gift. As mentioned above, people love gifts that solve their problems. Why? Because you are relieving stress and helping them do something they might not have been able to do themselves.
For example, if the person is always complaining about being bored, you could gift them with a video game console if they enjoy gaming, a new game they have wanted, or even a few months’ subscription to Netflix. If they want to learn how to cook, you could get them an online cooking course.
Finally, the last thing that makes a great gift is the surprise element. One way to really surprise someone with a great gift would be to think back to what they have always wanted but haven’t mentioned recently.
Keep in mind that the one thing that makes gift-giving so exciting is that the receiver usually has no idea what they will be getting. This already makes your job much easier. Another way to do this would be to avoid getting the same gifts every year unless it’s something the person really likes.