How to Pick the Perfect Present
We’ve all heard the old adage, “it is better to give than to receive.” If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing a loved one’s face light up with joy after he or she receives the perfect gift, then you probably agree! Of course, selecting the perfect gift isn’t always easy.
Where do I shop?
Brick and mortar stores allow us to see and handle the item we’re considering for purchase, but their selection is limited to what’s available on the shelves. Sometimes, that means we have to search several different locations to find what we have in mind. This can be a major hassle, especially during the holidays, when crowds and traffic are at their worst!
More people than ever are using the internet to make purchases.
Online shopping is certainly more convenient than combing the aisles of a store, but it also has its drawbacks. An internet search for a desired item will yield thousands upon thousands of results. How do we know where to begin, or which site is selling quality products versus which site is selling the same manufactured items that can be found in hundreds of other shops on the internet?
How do I choose a gift?
Then, there’s the question of the gift itself. What are we trying to say with our present? Will it please the person who receives it? Will we be able to find a quality item within our budget? (It would be wonderful to be able to give everyone on our shopping list diamond earrings or a suitcase full of cash, but unfortunately, that’s an extravagance that most of us can’t afford!)
What do I get the woman who “has everything?” How can I give the man in my life something that is beautiful, but also masculine? I have five bridesmaids with five drastically different personalities, and I need to get them all the same gift. Help!
It’s no wonder so many people resort to boring, old gift cards! If you’re getting frustrated with your search to find a thoughtful present, don’t get discouraged. Surprise Box has come up with some easy, helpful tips to help you choose the right gift!
First, decide on what you want to say with your gift.
Sometimes, your message will be a simple one, like “Happy Birthday!” or “Thanks for being a part of my special day!” On other occasions, you may want to communicate a little something extra. Perhaps you want to tell Mom or that teacher who’s gone above and beyond for your little ones this year, “Pamper yourself! You deserve it.” A “Just Because” gift could bring an added dose of fun and excitement to your giftee, or it could be intended to help her relax and enjoy some peace and quiet.
It may also help to choose a theme for your gift. Try sending a “Spa Day,” and fill her box with bath salts, scented soap, nail polish, and a pretty floral kimono robe. If you’re in the mood for “Romance,” include a candle in a lovely floral scent (don’t forget the matches!) and a beautiful, hand-crafted card, in which you can tell your sweetheart how much he or she means to you.
Next, personalize your gift. What do you know about your recipient?
Is she crazy about pastel pinks and sunny yellows, or does she decorate her favorite spaces in soothing blues and mellow greens? Coordinating a gift to include items in her favorite shade is sure to add to her joy.
Is your Dad a dapper dude who would be tickled to receive beard oil and a hand-sewn pocket square, or is he a hands-on man who would appreciate the practicality of a shaving kit or a natural redwood pocket knife?
Taking the time to personalize gifts for your wedding party can help to make them feel extra special. Just because they’re all receiving matching nail polish doesn’t mean that the rest of the box can’t be unique to their tastes!
A gal with a sweet tooth will be thrilled by chocolate-flavored lip balm and tiny rainbow kyoto blossom candies that are as eye-catching and beautiful as they are delicious.
If you have a maid who loves to read and write, consider giving her a journal with a beautiful wooden cover, or a literary-inspired matchbox with a design from her favorite novel.
That’s a Wrap! The Final Touch
Many of us have been here before: you’ve finally selected the perfect products, but they look so sad sitting in their gift bag with crumpled tissue paper or rattling around in a cardboard box. (I’ll admit, I’ve even pretended that my husband was responsible for some of my poorly-wrapped packages. Sorry, honey!
A sloppy wrapping job can distract from the thoughtfulness you’ve put into selecting your items. On the other hand, making the effort to wrap your present with care can make even a small gift seem more personal.
Another common saying about gifting is, “it’s the thought that counts.” When you gift a Surprise Box, your loved one will know that you took the time to think about them. We think that’s pretty special.
We hope these tips were useful, and that you take a moment to browse our selection of gifts! We take great pride in our artisans, and we know you and your lucky recipient will love their unique, one-of-a-kind creations as much as we do.
Are you still not so sure about assembling a gift box on your own? Let one of our professionals customize a box for you! Tell us what you’re looking for, and we’ll work within your budget to create a gift that’s perfect, or pick one of our already curated boxes. Easy peasy!