With birthdays, holidays and other special occasions dotted around the calendar year, you’re likely going to find yourself looking for that perfect gift. Whether it’s your sister-in-law’s wedding anniversary or your best friend’s new job, finding something unique and thoughtful is important.
But you don’t have to spend a fortune or go all out on a gift basket or box to make an impression. A little creative thinking can help you give a present that reflects the person’s interests, personality and lifestyle. “Gifts that are personalised show that you really took the time to think about it and are often much more meaningful than anything you can buy off the shelf,” says Jen Woo, freelance design, culture and lifestyle writer and content strategist. “A few tasteful items like a leather notebook, a set of really fancy jar candles and classy stationery is also always a great option.”
To celebrate their love of music or art, book them into a songwriter’s workshop where they’ll learn how to put words to melody, and create their own song. This gift is sure to bring a tear to their eye, especially if it’s one they’ve worked so hard on.
If they are a gym rat, give them noise-canceling headphones that double up as sleek accessories, or an adjustable foam roller that can target specific areas for a more effective workout. Then they can use it at home to help relieve muscle aches and pains.
For those who love travelling, you can book them a glamping getaway. It’s an experience that combines the luxury of staying in a hotel with the outdoor experience of camping. They’ll love this unique gift idea, and it’s something you can do as a family.
A personalised photo album of special moments is always a sweet and thoughtful gift. It’s also a fun way to keep all those happy memories close by. You can also book them into a photography course to learn how to take better photos with their camera or a floristry workshop. Online courses and platforms such as Lynda and Udemy are great for these types of gifts too.
You can also book them into a yoga class or a dance class, as this is an activity that they will enjoy and feel inspired by. It’s an uplifting and energising gift that will leave them feeling rejuvenated afterward.
Another great activity-based gift is to donate money to an animal sanctuary or sponsor a specific animal. It’s an extremely heartfelt gesture that will show how much you care about the wellbeing of others, particularly animals.
A day at a local festival or carnival is an excellent family activity that will allow everyone to bond and create some great memories. You can even organise a family trip to a theme park, or if they are older, you could book them into a spa or beauty clinic for a day of relaxation and pampering. This will be an experience they will truly cherish forever. Gift Ideas