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Great Gifting Ideas and Hints for All Family Members

Jul 27, 2008
When it comes to any type of family celebration, it usually involves some sort of gift giving. The average person has everything they need and probably everything they want as well, unless of course it's for one of the kids. Then there are so many special occasions that we have to consider. The key is not to get discouraged. Perhaps these tips will come in handy on your next buying excursion.

Weddings are probably the simplest gifting occasions that there are. A registry is almost certainly posted somewhere, making it easy to find something appropriate. Anniversaries can be a little more complicated. If it is your anniversary, you probably have a fair idea of what your partner would like, but if celebrating the anniversary of another relative, giving them something that they can use together is appreciated. Sympathy gifts, for example for funerals, are the most difficult, but in that situation it is best to simply ask the recipients what they would like. Sending flowers is generally acceptable, but a donation to a particular charity or cause might be preferred.

The idea of recreating a memory is especially touching to most women. As with the sister that is reminded on her wedding day that she will always have the love of her brother, such presents can go a long way in reconnecting with family members. Mothers will always love homemade presents from their children, no matter the children's age. For example, if a son grows up to become a glass-blower or carpenter, his mother would love a creation from him just as much as she used to love his macaroni-art.

Men are similar to women in that they generally want things that match their interests. A man who likes doing projects around the house might appreciate a new drill; a man who has ended up in the hospital every time he touched a power tool probably would not. Again, things that are strictly useful are not always the most appreciated, and the relationship with the giver remains very important.

Although in general presents should be tailored to the individual recipient, there are some items that can be given more or less universally to any member of the family. Certificates are popular in this respect. Some, such as prepaid credit cards, can be used anywhere. However, it is better to attempt some personalization and make it a gift card from a particular favored store or restaurant.

With children, the idea of recreating an old memory can sometimes be difficult, so instead, form a new memory. If the child in question loves animals, spend a day at the zoo with him. When kids are young, they will adore anything that involves spending time with their family, so just set aside a day and do whatever pleases them.

No matter the occasion, or the recipient, finding the perfect present for a loved one is never an impossible task. The most important thing is to get something that will be meaningful to them, because only you can. The heartfelt present is bound to put a smile in their face, a tear in their eye, and love in their heart.
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