Buying the perfect gift at the best of times is hard work. It doesn’t matter how close you are to that person, how long they have been in your life or how many important factors about them you remember – it’s not always an easy mission. So what about when you need to buy for someone that doesn’t fall into that category?
Perhaps it’s your new boyfriend’s mum who you really like but hardly know, a work college or a friend of friend you’re expected to buy for; and you have absolutely no idea where to start. It’s almost as bad as buying for someone who just doesn’t know what they want, or has absolutely everything!
You want to find a gift that doesn’t scream excessively special or expensive, but you definitely don’t want to go tacky or boring either. It’s a headache of a task trying to find the perfect balance, the perfect message and the perfect price tag. Not to worry though, we’ve come up with some awesome ideas for you here.
1. Green gifts
Giving flowers is by no means something new, so it definitely pays to put a spin on things. Whilst a stunning bouquet of flowers are nice to receive (and a relatively easy gift to give for many), it can be seen a little cliché to give a prearranged bunch. Instead, think outside the box and go for something that’s in season – poppies, lilies, tulips – and buy a big, generous bunch for maximum impact.
Other ‘green’ gifts can be a good way to think outside the box too. As beautiful as flowers can be, they don’t last forever. This is where glass terrariums can make the perfect gift. Terrariums are a great way to bring that lush green feel into an indoor space and create a fun way to give a plant type gift that last nearly forever too. There’s a variety of different styles that range in sizes and price, from hanging glass terrariums to DIY ones that sit perfectly on your desk or shelf.
2. Delicious treats
It’s near impossible to go wrong with tasty treats because, let’s face it, almost everyone likes to splurge out at times! Depending on how much you know about the person (what treats they like and don’t like), you can opt for a flash box of chocolates wrapped elegantly with a beautiful ribbon. If you’re giving something simple like a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine, hunt down one that’s more unique and remember that packaging does matter.
Delicious food and drink hampers are a fantastic idea for when you don’t have much of an idea about what they person likes. Because they offer so much variety, you can pick one where’s there’s bound to be a few items in there they’ll love. From chocolate goodies, to fruit and cheese treats and beer and bubbles galore it’s super easy to choose one they can enjoy – and it’s all wrapped up for you too!
3. Something useful
Now I’m talking about a pair of socks or another daggy tie, I’m talking something they can use for hobbies they enjoy and useful gifts that are quirky and meaningful. Whilst this gift idea can require a little more thought and getting to know the person – it can show you have put thought into it without going too overboard.
For example, if you know the person loves cooking or gardening – why not get them a fun hamper with goodies to represent this? If the person enjoys writing or has a home office they’re always using, a personalised stationary kit or a quirky flash drive can definitely be a crowd pleaser.
Useful gifts don’t always have to be an actual product too. If you know they love music or sport, why not purchase some tickets to the next small concert or game they can go too? Giving the gift of an experience is not only valuable, but something very memorable too.
4. Pamper packs
These days, most of us lead pretty hectic lives and it can be near impossible to force yourself just to stop and relax. Pamper packs make one of the best gift ideas for almost anyone in your life because it allows them to do just that – stop, and relax. For many, the art of pampering is much easier when someone else purchases it for you too.
You don’t have to splurge all out to make this gift work. Depending on who the person is and their relationship to you, a gift card to the local day spa can be great or a simple pamper pack of some goodies and feel-good products they can use at home. Whilst this gift is probably more female related, there’s so many great ideas you can use for men too who enjoy a bit of RnR time.
5. A taste of home
People are always on the move lately and whether they are just passing through, or over your way for good, a taste of home can be a wonderful idea. Depending on how much time you have to get the gift, you can have a small package sent over from their local coffee or chocolate shop to indulge in or find a nice picture that they can put up in their home.
Just because you don’t someone that well, it doesn’t mean to say gift ideas will be boring or unthoughtful. By thinking outside the box and paying attention to the little details, finding the perfect gift that conveys the right message can be much easier than you think.
By Jayde Ferguson, an online blogger and copywriter who recommends the food and gift hampers at Boxt.com.au for the perfect gift for someone you don’t know well. Boxt are a leading online provider of hampers and other gift ideas and do delivery throughout Australia.