Gifting loved ones and friends during special occasions is one of the best ways to make them feel loved and special. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, job promotions – they are better off celebrated by handing a little token of love, appreciation, and happiness. Even if it’s just an ordinary day, you can still send your loved ones gifts to let them know that you’re thinking of them.
A present in itself is already dear, but you can still make them extra special. Gifts are more appreciated and cherished when a lot of effort went to preparing it, when it’s well thought out, and when it’s unique and personalised. Level up your gifting game. Here are some tips and tricks on how you can make your gifts a lot more special.
Get a pen and paper
You will never go wrong with a handwritten note. The message doesn’t have to be sweet, long, and poetic though. Just say what you want to say – congratulations, thank you, etc. Most importantly, remind them how happy and grateful you are for them and don’t forget to say your well wishes. The fact that you’ve spent time and energy to handwrite a note, rather than put a small gift card with a generic message, is already enough to make the receiver realise that they matter and that they are cherished.
Use your talent
If you have a particular skill or talent, why not use it to make your gift unique and personalised. If you love doodling, for example, you can doodle on a mug or ukulele that you’re giving out to your friend. If you’re a singer, how about recording your loved one’s favourite song and saving the file in a flash drive? If you do calligraphy, why not write her name in a piece of paper and have it framed beautifully? It’s always a great idea to put a little of “you” into your gifts, so they are reminded that it’s their talented and thoughtful friend who gave them that item.
Put them in a basket
If you want to send chocolate gifts to a chocoholic friend, how about getting a few varieties and brands of chocolate and putting them in one pretty basket? Gift baskets and hampers are not a new idea, but they are surely a great option when giving out a variety of items. Imagine how a cheese connoisseur friend, for an instant, would react if they receive a basket full of different types of cheese!
Personalise the wrap
Give your gift wrap a more personal touch by adding a pattern with a Sharpie, painting it with watercolour, or stencilling. You can use plain paper that is neutral in colour. With a little creativity and imagination, you can make your gift more interesting. The best thing about creating your wrapping paper is it won’t look like anything else in the market. Another thing is it will give the idea that you invested your time and effort to make the gift more special.
You see, there are many ways to upgrade your gifts. As a last piece of advice, ponder on the saying that “it’s the thought that counts.” After all, your goal is to make your loved one feel special and appreciated. Sometimes, you don’t have to spend a lot; you just have to be resourceful and creative in sending your love.