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The Art of Gift Giving

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

So, if you know me at all, you know I love giving gifts to the people in my life. Sometimes it’s not even for any reason in particular other than the fact that I saw something, and it reminded me of the person. If you stumbled on this post, maybe you are stumped. You have a friend’s birthday coming up, Father’s Day is around the corner, or maybe it’s for a coworker/teacher. I feel you and I am here to help.


Raise your hand if you have ever walked into Target or Home Goods and thought “It will just come to me!” We’ve all been there and the problem with that is most times you either blow your budget or have a lot of random stuff that makes no sense. You leave thinking did I do enough?! The answer is yes! OF COURSE, you did, because before we continue, I will say one thing that you have heard a MILLION times.


It truly is the thought that counts! Of course, you want to get the perfect thing, but regardless, that special person will love what you got them just because you care.


Now if you’re still reading that’s because you probably want to break free of the mindless Target runs to buy a quick gift. What’s my secret? What’s the Art of Gift Giving?


LISTENING.


You read that right; the key is listening to that person.


People have always told me I’m a great gift giver. I’ve always chalked that up to listening to what they tell me and realizing the things they are not going to buy for themselves. I’ll give some examples:


  • My Best Friend from LSU calls me one afternoon and tells me this crazy story. Her hairdryer broke! She’s had this for years! And, it was a work day and her hair is SO thick. Obviously, she couldn’t go to work with wet hair. All my thick haired friends out there are nodding their heads. Anyway, she lives in the city down in New Orleans and drives to the closest Walgreens to look for hairdryers. All they have is this MINI Hairdryer, like the ones you played with as a kid - LOL. So, she buys it because desperate needs call for desperate measures! All this to say, she ends the story saying she made it to work on time, but is so annoyed by this thing and doesn’t have time to get another one. What did I do right in that moment? Looked on Amazon for a Hairdryer. Two days later, I get the happiest of texts and I’m happy because my friend isn’t stressed anymore.

  • My sister-in-law is someone who loves makeup, just like me, but she doesn’t like to spend the money on the more expensive palettes. Which I totally get! She has 2 children, 1 on the way, and makeup is definitely the least of her priorities. I could tell she liked my Urban Decay Naked 2 pallet, because she LOVES glitter eyeshadows. So, the next time a holiday/birthday rolled around, what did I get her? A Naked 2 Pallet!

I could go on and on about all the different times I have listened to what people told me and this triggered me to buy them a certain gift, but the point is everyone will say something that is key to what they may like in the future.


The problem is most the time when a holiday or birthday rolls arounds, OOPS, you’ve forgotten all about the conversation. Make sure to make little notes of these things when you hear them! Sounds weird, I know, but you’ll thank yourself when these special times come around.


That special person will LOVE anything you get them I promise, but they will appreciate it even more if it’s something based off of a conversation you’ve had or maybe just something you’ve noticed. I have one friend that never takes herself to get any sort of pampering because of the money, so for her birthday, we go get our nails done, my treat! Little things like that mean much more than just buying a bunch of stuff that someone may not even need.


So, yes, the key is listening!


For those of you who still need help, I’ve created a fun quiz that I think could help spark some thought starters on what to buy that special someone.


Click here to take the Quiz!


As always, I will leave you with this, I am always learning and I am here to help. Reach out anytime, I’d love to hear from you!


Like and Share if you found this helpful! And, hopefully you enjoyed the quiz!


Until Next Time,


Jessie



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