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Practical Gifts: Having it Personalized, Hand Crafted and Home Made

Jun 16, 2008
Giving gifts, especially during birthdays, wedding, baptismal, graduations and the like is a tradition practiced by almost everyone in the globe. Of course, there are times when you find it hard to find the perfect gift for your special friend or someone in particular. It can be help if you will base the gift you will give to the personality of the person you are giving it to. You also need some information about what he or she likes or dislikes.

Special occasions come only once a year, sometimes once in a lifetime. When that day arrives, a simple gift is nice to have. It can be a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, thanksgiving or Christmas among others, gift giving is a traditional practiced by almost everyone in the globe. This may even range from the simplest item or thought to the most extravagant gifts. Whatever it is you give, the never ending line that says "it's the thought that counts" remains true. It is nice to receive gifts but the real thrill will be on giving them. It is not just you but everyone else experience difficulties in finding the "perfect gift" It's really tough to decide on what you can give, especially if you need to follow a budget.

Here are some tips you can work with:

Know the main event or theme of the celebration. Know the gender, age of your recipient, his or her favourites like his favourite shade, the things he enjoys more and the things he doesn't like. It is better to know all this so that you can weigh the most likely gift you will give him or her. Of course, if it's a family member or a friend, it won't be that hard to assess what he or she wants or needs.

However, for cases where in it's the birthday of your boss' child or an in-law and distant relative, it will help if will understand how you can correlate every detail you know about that person. Let us say it's someone's debut and you just can't find the right gift for her but you find out that her favourite colour is violet, and she has an allergy on jewelleries. She is a sporty type of girl who likes to work out and play volleyball. She is also a top student in her class and likes to read. This kind of girl is easy to please with best-selling books, a pair of running shoes, nickel-free jewels or the latest digital video of a cardio work out. Problems may arise if she has all these things already.

Nevertheless, you can think of a suitable gift based from the facts you have of that person. It is easy to buy any gift but the real value of the gift will depend on the effort you made to find it and say that it is the perfect present for this person.

Hence, going back to the sample mentioned above, if ever she already has the best selling books and everything you can still think of, you can just think out of the box and ask yourself what other things possibly please her on that special day. Well, one suggestion would be to look for a bracelet, a necklace or an anklet where in you can have her name engraved on it or you can have the initial of her name attached to the necklace like a pendant. This may be classic and old school but still many adore this and has a somewhat effect in the subconscious saying that it is precious and that it is worth using.

If you will give her the bestselling book, you can add a personalized bookmark, having her name, nick name or initials on it. You will find this available in some bookstore or you can improvise, be creative and make one yourself. It is easy to do, you just need the right materials like a plastic or metallic string, big beads that can fit into your string, and of course the beads with letters embedded on it. Just arrange and insert it into your string and make a knot so as to prevent the beads from falling off. Then, you already have a personalized bookmark. This idea is of course not limited to only one person or gender; this could be improved by putting some more artistic ideas into your item.

Aside from this, there is a lot of personalized stuff you can do for anyone in particular. A scrap book with the person's pictures or with you, his or her family, friends and school days can be put together. This is a good gift that can act as a type of memorabilia for a person who will move to another place. It can even act as a simple reminder of how many years you spent together or how exciting your location is. Plus, you can arrange it in an ascending order, according to the time and date that the pictures were taken. You may also add more clippings of your favourite cartoon character or just a serious mood thing for your scrap book. It all depends on how creative you can be and how much you want that person to smile when she or he receives your scrap book gift. Some themes would include: funny and colourful pages of your scrap book, simple borders for the photo, or some memorable things like the ribbon she is wore from a particular picture, a petal from her favourite flower or even a few notes from old friends saying good things about that him or her.

It is a noted fact that in finding the most suitable present, you cannot do it in a way that is rushed and wasn't given enough time and thought. You really need to think about it, be on the person's shoes and assess if it is worth giving. Having the best present doesn't mean that you need to buy something as expensive as a car, a beach timeshare or tickets and accommodations to the Bahamas. It can be considered as precious even if it's the cheapest gift. It can be an accessory, a small figurine you bought from a garage sale, bath salts or scented candles you made or something you can add to the person's collection like stamps, shells and stickers among others. Just take your time to assess what can be worth your while.

Thus, these days when inflation has become a major issue on a lot of countries, it is best to give a gift that can be practical and useful in a sense. There are those who like and adore it when the gifts given to them were hand crafted or home made. This is due to the fact that these things had your time and effort to please them invisibly engraved on it. This is what makes your gift more special and more exceptional. Although these gifts can take your time and wits, it will surely get the appreciation and adoration from the recipient.

Some of the gifts you can make at home are as follows:

* Scented candles
* Bath salts
* Cake and cookies
* Baskets
* Blankets
* Socks
* Sweaters
* Frames
* Figurines
* Small sculptures

Gifts may be of different sizes and shapes. It can mean different things to different people also. Thus, no matter how big or small your gift is, it is also the thought behind it that counts.
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