When it’s time for me to figure out what gift to get someone (let’s call him/her, “the gift receiver”), I usually start with a couple basic questions:
The first question gets me thinking about how the gift receiver spends leisure time. This usually leads to a couple simple ideas of things the gift receiver may want. For example:
The second question gets me thinking about what the gift receiver does in a typical week, including non-leisure time. This usually leads to a couple more simple ideas of things the gift receiver may need.
The next step is to build one or more of these simple ideas into more specific and personal products for the gift receiver. I like to start with the gift idea that is most relevant to my relationship with the gift receiver, like things we enjoying doing together or things we have in common. Let’s move forward with the simple idea of “sports memorabilia,” because I know a lot of sports fans (i.e., husband that has to be cleaned up after). The next step is to ask more detailed questions about this simple idea.
Finally, once some specific gift options have been identified, I pick my favorite one and choose the final gift details. For example, if I am buying the gift receiver a new team jacket, I need to choose the size.
Occasionally, I can complete all of these steps by myself, but most of the time I need help along the way or want a second opinion. In this case, I have to enlist helpers! Helpers are (other) people who are close to the receiver, for example a sibling, spouse, parent, or friend. So go out there, think of some gift ideas, and chat with friends/family to make it perfect.