Do you hate shopping for friends and family members? Do birthdays and other gift-giving holidays fill you with intense stress? Do you regularly buy gift cards because you can’t come up with creative gift alternatives?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this is the guide for you!
Keep reading and I’ll help you identify the types of gifts your loved ones want to receive and provide a few ideas for thoughtful gift-giving!
Types of Gifts
Unfortunately, there isn’t just one good gift for anyone. We’re different people, and therefore, every gift you pick out must also be different. Try and individualize your gift to the person receiving it.
Focus on the sentiment behind the gift rather than the monetary value. A thoughtful gift could remind you of your friend, or reference a memory, or an inside joke that you share. If you’re having trouble personalizing gifts, try utilizing the five love languages: gifts, acts of service, words of affirmation, quality time, and physical touch.
Acts of Service Gifts
An act of service gift may look like giving up your time to help your friend. Offer to bring them lunch or cook them dinner during a busy week. Try taking something off their plate by doing an errand for them.
An act of service gift can help your friend engage in self-care. Gifts such as a massage, a weekend spa trip, or a box full of face masks, candles, and their favorite snacks.
Some trending 2020 gift ideas for self-care are weighted blankets and essential oil diffusers.
Gifts of Words
Words of affirmation utilize spoken or written words to show encouragement or appreciation of your friends.
The best words of affirmation gifts are hand-written letters and engraved jewelry. If you want to see more cool unique gifts, check out customized clothing. Create a shirt with a sentimental saying or expression to let your friend know exactly how you feel about them.
Gift of Time
If your friend’s love language is quality time, then what they want more than anything else is your undivided attention. Sometimes a conversation is all they crave. For gifts, utilize your shared interests and plan something for the two of you to do together.
This may look like attending a concert, going out to your favorite restaurant, or planning a day trip.
Rather than the event itself, your friend will appreciate the opportunity to be with you and create shared memories.
Physical touch gifts are ways to express your love and are often easiest to do with romantic partners. Holding hands, cuddling on the couch, and surprising them with a kiss are ways to make them feel special. With a friend, honor their need for physical touch with a hug.
Thoughtful Gift Giving
Gift-giving is a stressful occasion. When you care about someone, you want to do your best to make them happy. The types of gifts you should look for are ones that show you know your friends well.
Focus on tying gifts to their passions, hobbies, interests, and lifestyle. When all else fails, get direction from their love language. This way, you’ll be sure to find a thoughtful gift that your friends will love!
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