Whether you know someone really well or they’re a new friend, buying a gift can seem like a nightmare. You want to get something that you know they’ll love and use but it can seem a huge challenge. If you’ve found yourself in a dilemma when it comes to finding the perfect present, we’ve got seven tips for you.
1. Plan ahead As much as possible, you should be planning ahead with your gift buying – you want to avoid the last minute panic when you’re searching shops but can’t find anything. Spend some time browsing online and if you’re planning on hitting the high street, make sure you do with plenty of time to spare and a good idea of what you’re looking for. 2. Remember to budget It’s the thought that counts when it comes to gifting. But you need to have a budget in mind – you don’t want to be pushing your expenses for a single present. If you have a budget in mind before you start searching it can really help you focus too. 3. Something practical or fun? With a budget in mind, the first thing you should decide on is the type of present you’ll get. Will it be something useful or will you opt for a luxury they wouldn’t normally indulge in themselves? 4. Do some research The internet makes it even easier than ever before to do some research and discover exactly what your friend would like to receive. Whether you browse through their social media profiles to find out the products they’ve been sharing or you check out their City of Wishes list – it can act as inspiration and you might even find the perfect gift right there. 5. Consider quality When you’re buying a gift, the quality does matter, it should be something that’s long lasting. Take the time to check out some reviews or get a look at the product yourself before you buy. 6. Add a personal touch From a personal message to a gift that’s tailored to them, adding a personal touch shows that you care. It doesn’t have to be complicated and can even be added to the card, but it will make your present stand out and make it that extra bit special. 7. Don’t forget the presentation How you give the gift matters too. Taking ten minutes to carefully wrap a present in stunning paper or add a bow to a bag can make the receiving of a present even more memorable – it adds to the surprise too.