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Gift ideas: How to choose the perfect gift
Looking for gift ideas?
Selecting the right offering is harder a tall order, especially when the all-powerful Google puts anything you’ve ever wanted right in reach of your fingertips!
Children and partners can be easy to buy for, but selecting a gift for all the other people in your life might just be a bigger struggle than you were expecting. To save you some wailing and gnashing of teeth, we’ve put together our top tips for getting it right.
How to choose the perfect gift
Put in some extra thought and your gift will be all the more appreciated.
One tip is to write down everything you know about the person. For example, do they drink tea from morning to night? Are they an animal lover? Perhaps they are known for their vast knowledge of 1970s music.
Where they live can also come into play. A beachside dweller can always do with a new hat or towel, while someone who lives in a trendy area may appreciate a voucher for a local restaurant.
Thinking of past conversations or even taking a look at their social media feed can provide clues about someone. Books, t-shirts or homewares to match their interests will come as a lovely surprise.
Here are some more ideas for the people who are difficult to buy for:
Gift ideas for your boss
If you’re lucky, your boss will have a hobby you are aware of. Tap into that when choosing a gift and look for something that reflects their passion. It is always nice to order something monogrammed to add a personal touch.
Another idea is to select a gift your boss can enjoy with their partner, such as outdoor cinema tickets, a gift hamper or a quality bottle of wine.
Looking for something more creative? Add a splash of colour to your boss’s day with a print for the office. Choose a subtle Australian leaves design or go for bold with this amazing Black Cockatoo print.
Gift ideas for your mother in law
How do you choose the perfect gift for your mother in law to say “thanks for minding the kids” or “thanks for not being a total battle-axe”? The answer is to keep it simple and stylish.
If you’re not aware of what she needs, play it safe and go with some beautifully presented soap. This Juniper Berry and Cedar scented Woodland Deer soap comes in a charming package. It is created in Australia from natural, organic ingredients - something you can explain to your mother-in-law if you are looking for something to talk about!
More mother-in-law gift ideas include:
- Hand-made chocolates
- Flower vase
- Scented candle / scented diffuser
- Perfume gift pack
- Tote bag
- Plate set
A scarf is another timeless, one-size-fits-all classic. Take a look at this bright and breezy design from Clarisse Djaja.
Colleague gift ideas
The office gift swap is the opportunity to keep it light and have some fun. Avoid nasty novelty gifts which will only be tossed in the trash, destined for land-fill. It’s much better to aim for something useful instead.
A simple set of tea towels never goes astray. Choose a timeless Australian theme.
You could also solve the problem of mugs going missing around the office by giving your colleague one with a distinctive design. Go for a cheeky flamingo or give your colleague a laugh with one of these ‘Dancing Queen’ creations and you’ll be comfortably under the $20 spending limit.
Gift ideas for teenagers
Children are easy to buy for, teenagers not so much. Many adults resort to giving nieces and nephews cash or gift vouchers . They’ll probably go down a treat the first time, but any present can get dull if it appears year after year.
Teens love gifts that are quirky and creative. They like having things they can talk about and show off. Take a look at these for inspiration:
If you’re struggling to know what to buy a teen - ask their parents, or go and stand in the news agent and look at a magazine targeted at their gender and age group. They should be able to give you an idea of what they’re currently interested in.
If you really are floundering about this this decision, remember: When it comes to giving gifts, it truly is the thought that counts. Selecting a unique gift designed by a local Australian artist shows you have an eye for the interesting and that you have put some extra effort into your gift selection.
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