Well. Here’s the hard part of buying a present, and unfortunately there is no other way than to go get creative. Here are some helpful hints.
- Look at his past. This isn’t too hard to do – maybe the person recently graduated from university, so buy him a frame and put up his degree for display. Relieve someone’s childhood could be a good strategy – buy him that old game console, along with a couple of collectible games he used to play. Or buy a couple of books he/she used to read as a child for nostalgia purposes.
- Truly ask yourself what that person needs. I know what you’re thinking – this is so damn hard! But the key here, is widen your thinking. What does a stay at home mum need? More help around the house, probably. What does a businessman need? Time, probably. So get him efficiency products, or paid applications that might help him manage time better. The idea is to think more generally about that specific person.
- Stalk the person. This is probably the creepiest but best way to get a personalised gift. Look through their Facebook history, online presence for clues. Many people have wish lists on major shopping sites, or large marketplaces like reddit and ebay. They would be surprised (in a good way) if you managed to pull out that information.
- If all else fails, make them laugh. Don’t just give a generic present! Know someone who loves bacon? Get him a year’s subscription to cured meats. Someone with strong political views? Get him an autobiography of Bill Clinton. Keep it light, and I’m sure the desired target will appreciate it. Make sure you don’t offend anyone with your gifts though!