As we start to enjoy this holiday season, you may be starting to think about what you can get for your loved ones. Gift-giving is a tradition that most of us love, but it can certainly add some stress to the season. Here are a few ways you can be sure to hit the mark with meaningful gifts for those in your life:
Send sweet snacks
To start the holidays off on the right foot, make them sweet. Whether you send a Valentine’s Day delivery to your sweetie in the middle of December just because, or you get a basket full of delectable cookies dropped at your sibling’s door for a happy holiday, there are so many ways to inspire happy moments through sweet gifts for your loved one.
Invest in something that you know that they really need
If you’re looking to share a meaningful gift with a loved one, don’t think about the shiniest thing at the store. Instead, ponder what could be something that they need that maybe they wouldn’t get for themselves or may not have the money for right now.
However, make it something interesting and exciting. Yes, they may need to go grocery shopping, but don’t make that their gift. It could be something like a fancy, expensive helmet for their mountain biking hobby. Or it could be a beautiful desk for their writing corner in their new place. You can be confident that your loved one will love to receive something that they could really use.
Purchase an experience for your loved one
If you know that your loved one has plenty of things that they need but they haven’t gone out on a trip or haven’t been having all that much fun, it could be a good idea to invest in a great experience for your friend or family member.
Whether you have the extra cash to book a trip for both of you or your budget includes a camping trip nearby, inviting your loved one along on a trip or adventure can be a great way for you to connect and get away from the grind over the holidays. Covering the expenses, or the majority of them, for the trip can be a great gift.
Create something for them
If you are a talented creative, why not use that creativity to make something for your loved one(s) over the holidays? From a painting to building a dresser, using your creative talent to make people happy can be a fabulous way for you to share something meaningful as a gift during the holiday season.
If you’ve seen that their walls are bare, paint something that you know suits their vibe. Create a lovely garden with your skilled green thumb. There are plenty of ways to do something special for your loved one using your hidden (or obvious) talents.
Whether you get a star map made for a specific moment in your loved one’s life or you purchase a necklace that represents something special to them, you’d be amazed at how many people enjoy a sentimental gift that symbolizes something special to them. Maybe your loved one loves sentimental tattoos.
A visit to the best tattoo parlor in town could be an ideal gift. Or a T-shirt with their dog’s face on it may be their cup of tea. Find a first-edition copy of their favorite book. You know your loved one. Take time to think about their favorite things so you can hit the nail on the head with a meaningful gift that doesn’t disappoint.
As you think about the holiday gifts to give this season, consider investing in experiences or sentimentality over consumerism. Of course, there’s a time and place for everything, so take time to think about what would matter most for your loved ones. Think about them and their personalities and needs as you look for the perfect gift.