I thought this would be an amazing piece as the holidays are around the corner. Gift giving is something we do throughout the year to celebrate different occasions. A birthday, an new business, a promotion, an engagement or just because we came back from another part of the world etc.Hence it’s a good skill or art to have.

How many times have you received a gift and all you wanted to do was immediately return it or regift it? Better yet, how many times have people wanted to return what you gifted them?

Here are 5 things to consider when buying a gift and I bet they will make you a better gift giver (if thats a thing).

1. Consider who you are gifting

Obviously! However, some people really don’t consider this. What kind of person is the person receiving your gift – their personality, your relationship, hobbies etc. This calls for some research. Sometimes a conversation can do. With this, you will also avoid giving someone the exact opposite of what they would like.

2. The occasion

Different occasions call for different kinds of gifts. For example, if someone is moving to a new country then it doesn’t make sense to give electronics, you can instead give cash, a last time experience in the country before they move, a sourvinoer (mind the weight), etc

3. Listen

Lots of time people give you hints of what they want as gifts. All you need to do is listen. They will mention their need or what they really want at that particular time.

4. Try something new

Do an out of the norm kind of gift. Try an experience instead of a physical gift. This might be tricky if you don’t know the person too well. These experiences also don’t have to be expensive. They just have to have thought in them.

5. Ask

It might be the most simple thing to do. Just ask. This won’t spoil the surprise. Ask tactfully and make sure you get more than 1 answer that way you can choose and pick. Also ask way in advance so they won’t suspect that its about an upcoming gift.

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