How To Get Gift Ideas Without Asking
Gift-giving. It’s something that can bring so much joy to both the giver and the receiver. I really enjoy surprising people with gifts that they love. It’s such a rush of wonderful emotion. For some people, finding the perfect gift can also be stressful. Many of us end up asking for gift ideas, because we want to be sure that what we gift will be usable or desirable. Unfortunately, directly asking someone for gift ideas tends to eliminate the element of surprise.
If you want to come up with great gift ideas without having to ask, here are a few tips to get you started.
Listen for cues for gift ideas throughout the year.
The best way pick up brilliant gift ideas is to listen for cues from the person throughout the year. People talk about things they like all the time! It can seem like a difficult method to get gift ideas because the greatest ideas can be fleeting if they’re not written down quickly. Also, when you finally get around to thinking about Christmas gifts, you’re likely out of time to pick up perfect gift ideas in casual conversation. It may be necessary to make a conscious effort to collect gift ideas throughout the year before the holidays and keep them organized in a way that works for you.
I like to use Google apps to make notes like this, because I can access my Google apps from any of my devices or any computer. Any time a thought pops into my head for a gift idea, I just quickly jot it down. Then I can refer to my master list when it comes time to get a gift for one of my people.
Stalk their Pinterest profile (if they have one) for good gift ideas.
Pinterest may hold everything you need for great gift ideas. This idea is not likely to help you out with many of the men in your life, unless they are uncommon Pinterest junkie dudes. However, it is a brilliant source of ideas for many of the women on your gift list. Their Pinterest boards are full of things they love! Even if you don’t find the perfect gift idea, you’ll likely find lots of inspiration or at least guidance on their tastes. But if you do find the perfect gift idea, many times the pin will link directly to the website where you can purchase the item! Pinterest is definitely the easiest place to find a wealth of gift ideas your recipient will love, but other social media channels are decent as well. Facebook might also be a spot where people mention items that interest them.
Put a search engine to work researching gift ideas.
I’ve often used search engines to help spark my creativity when it comes to gift giving. Typing in “gift ideas for_____” and filling in the blank with something that describes the person will often result in some pretty targeted ideas. Some of the blanks I’ve filled in before are:
- New homeowner
- Someone who has everything they need (Just FYI, this is a cool search!)
- College student
Get creative with the descriptors, and you’re likely to come across some awesome gift ideas or inspiration that would have been impossible without a little help.
Keep your eyes out for possible gift ideas that strike you in the moment.
I once found a wonderful gift for my brother just by seeing it in a store as I was walking by. I had no clue what I was going to get for him for Christmas, but I saw a carved stone figurine of an adult figure holding hands in a circle with two child figures. It immediately made me think of my brother because he has this amazing affinity for children. They always love him and look up to him.
That year, he had just bought his first home, and he was in need of a few pieces for decorating. I decided to buy the stone figure for him, and I wrote a card to go along with the gift. My note explained the meaning of the piece and how much I was proud of his affinity for children, because children can be the most difficult critics. It ended up being one of the more emotional Christmas gifts I have ever given due to the sheer amount of love attached to it through my note. I guarantee that he thinks of those words every time he sees it, and that’s a gift that keeps on giving. Sometimes it’s just your love that makes the perfect gift.
What other ways have you found success in coming up with great gift ideas?