For kids, Christmas and birthdays are very exciting times – not only are they the centre of attention for the day, but they tend to get lavished with presents too.
However, the excitement of receiving presents tends to diminish the older we get, which may be partly to do with the inherent cynicism that comes with getting old, but it’s also because the older we get the more things we have and hence the harder it is to buy presents for.
Indeed, when people reach earning-age, they tend to buy the things they really want themselves, which means it’s time to get creative and start thinking outside the box when it comes to present-buying.
An increasingly popular gift option for hard-to-buy-for adults is ‘experiences’ – which could be a day at the races, sailing lessons or a day of pampering at a spa resort. The beauty of such gifts is that they’re not the sort of things people are likely to buy for themselves, which means they are usually received very gratefully.
There are a myriad of other thoughtful gifts available too, things that some people may not even know exist. For example, you can buy a beautifully bound newspaper from the day someone was born, or you could even name a star after a loved one on their special day. Or for those who really are extra difficult to please and don’t believe in ‘wasting’ money on presents, you can donate some money to a good cause in their name.
Some things people never get bored with. Flowers, orchards, perfumes, chocolates…anybody that receives any of these on a special occasion – or at any time – will undoubtedly be thrilled to bits.
Chocolate gifts in particular always go down a storm with men and women alike. Special champagne/chocolate box-sets are a great idea, whilst a tin of assorted chocolates is likely to please anyone with even a hint of a sweet tooth.
There are presents for every occasion and whilst some people are harder to buy for than others, it’s never impossible to come up with a good gift idea. Sometimes a little creativity will be needed, other times it may be necessary to get back to basics with a classic ‘flowers and chocolates’ combination.
As the old saying goes, ‘it’s the thought that counts’, and regardless of what you buy for a loved one on their special occasion, they’ll most likely be grateful.