How To Give The Perfect Christmas Present To Someone You Love
Christmas is a time of gratitude. We all know that. Christmas eve, and the next morning for you Americans, are the time of the year to give presents to those you love. Family, friends and girlfriends.
We all love that feeling you get when you give someone something special that they really appreciate. You can see their happiness all over their face, and actually many people like giving more than receiving.
So let’s look at how to give the perfect Christmas present:
First of all, you must take a close look to the person you are giving the gift to. As lightly stated above, these usually fall between 3 categories: Family, friends and girlfriends.
So since it’s one of these 3, I bet that you know the person pretty well. You know his/hers interests, hobbies and you know what they want and need.
Now you could fall into the trap of giving the person exactly what they need, but that might not always be of your best interest.
I usually categorize gifts into 3 categories:
- I need that
- I want that
- I love that
Of course there are also I hate that gifts, and a lot of other negative gifts, but because I’m such a positive person, I’ll only look on how to give a good present.
By giving a gift, you want to show that you appreciate the receiver’s existence in your life. You want to be remembered for that gift. And you want to make the person happy. That’s the end goal.
The special formula
The perfect gift is a gift that incorporates all the 3 categories. If someone needs something, the value of the item will always be of higher value to that someone. If they want it, the perceived value of the item will also sky-rocket. This is common sense, if you’re really thirsty, you are always ready to pay 10x more for water than if you weren’t.
And if they love it, you have the perfect gift. Giving someone something that they just “need” will often be boring. Giving something that they just “want” can be a good idea, but the gift will most likely not be used for it’s purpose very often. Like giving a BMW to a 15 year old. Sure, he’ll want it, but it won’t make the best present.
You might be remembered for giving a spoon that they need, but surely it will be way more appreciated if you engrave something in it, if you have made it yourself, or if there in some other way is a story attached to it.
When giving a gift, I think that the story around it is very important. You can actually give someone a spoon that cost you 1$, and if you tell its story right, they’ll appreciate it 10 times more than the shoes they got that cost 100$, with no story attached whatsoever. You have to tell the story really good, though.
An example of a great spoon story:
(When handing the present over, or written on a card) “This was the spoon that James bond used in his latest movie. By coincidence I was right at the set that day, and suddenly I saw Pierce Brosnan jumping out in the daylight in his tuxedo, only with this spoon in his hands. He screamed at me and said: “Hey you! I think that this spoon will make a fantastic gift!”, and then he ran away. Here we are. Merry Christmas.”
I know that this might be a bit cheesy. But you want to provoke a few laughs, and I’ll guarantee you that, if you tell its story right, will be remembered for years. This is so much better than the 100$ shoes with absolutely no story.
It should be said that giving 100$ shoes with a good story is of course better than giving the spoon. But I think you get the point.
Good and bad presents:
No matter what, there will always be some things that you can give to everyone – and some things that you can’t!
- Fitness gear
Only all right if the person actually wanted it. If not – you might imply all the wrong things, and your perfect Christmas eve will end in a fight with a girlfriend or mom who thinks she’s fat.
- Kitchen stuff
Getting a toaster is just boring.
- Cooking gear
As with the above, you might imply all the wrong things if you give your girlfriend a cooking book.
- Sexy underwear
Giving your girl some sexy lingerie for Christmas might sound like a great idea, but you won’t say that when you get your ass kicked by her dad afterwards. Giving lingerie is a great idea, just don’t do it in front of everybody.
Hard to go really wrong here.
Pretty boring, but everyone needs socks.
Use your knowledge about the person and buy a great cd for him / her. Remember the receipt, though, music is a pretty hard gift to give.
Give a season of Lost or similar. Lots of quality entertainment, and usually fairly cheap.
So as you can see, most “good” presents are fairly generic. You have to come up with one yourself, using what you have learned here, and your own good judgement.
So my tip to you is to use your imagination, and come up with a gift that they have never got before. Give them something they will remember, attach a story, and if it’s something they’re going to use, it’s only a plus.
Good luck, and have a very merry Christmas :)
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