It’s hard to know how to buy a gift for people in your life who already have everything. That’s why you need to plan and think ahead of time.
The problem is that sometimes the special people in our lives already seem to have everything—at least everything that we can easily afford. Sorry, there will be no snow mobiles coming down the chimney, thank you very much.
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So let’s talk about how to buy a gift for someone who has everything:
Consider how your loved one spends their free time
Do they have a hobby or interest they are passionate about? Those are built-in gift-giving opportunities. Sports fanatics need equipment, crafters need crafty gadgets, readers need books. Pay close attention when they talk about their hobbies, because they will probably give you clues to what they’re missing or what would help them go to the next level of their sport or activity.
Listen when they talk
This is harder than it sounds! But man, it could pay off at gift-giving time. Even if they haven’t taken up a specific hobby, there may be new interests developing. They may be reluctant to buy the equipment, materials, tools or books to get started, and that’s where you come in. Not only will he or she appreciate the gift, they’ll appreciate that you took the time to listen. That’s a gift in itself!
Give a practical gift
Not everyone is a fan of this suggestion, after all, who really wants a toaster or a weed-whacker? But buying a tool or device that makes someone’s life and chores a little easier might be a welcome gesture. The key is to really know that special person you’re buying for and whether or not they would appreciate it. Remember, some people might take offense if you buy them a crock pot, sort of like—hey mom, you need to cook more. See what I mean?
Nudge your loved one toward an activity you’d like to see them enjoy
Our loved ones don’t always know themselves as well as we do. Have you ever thought, “Hey, my man would be great at scuba diving!” (Or tennis or fill-in-the-blank.) Now is the time to give them the opportunity to try something new. It might be the start of a new adventure, and maybe an adventure you can enjoy together!
Buy renewable gifts
Consider a magazine, wine-of-the-month club, or any type of subscription that your loved one will enjoy. The great thing is, when Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. rolls around next year, you can renew the gift! Voila—gift-giving mission accomplished! Do watch out for renewal dates because they don’t always roll around at the exact same time the following year. Another type of renewable gift is something that’s a similar theme, like buying a different backyard game every year or sports paraphernalia.
Buy a memory
A gift definitely doesn’t have to be a physical object. Consider concert tickets, tickets to a sporting event, or even classes that you might like to take together. The most memorable gift I ever gave my hubby was tickets to a Vikings game (hey—don’t judge!) and a weekend he would never forget.
If you’re really having trouble, you can go for the gift-basket that includes a little of everything like favorite snacks and perfume, wine/drinks and bath soaps, family photos and tickets to a show. Several small items they’ll enjoy will go a long way, plus gift baskets look cool.
Need more ideas?
Remember, the best gifts are the ones given with love. People can tell when you’ve put thought and effort into what you’re giving to them—the love shows through.
Hopefully you found a few ideas to help you think through the gift-giving dilemma!
Have you figured out how to buy a gift for someone who has everything?