We all have that person on our holiday list for who simply has it all. Many people in our lives buy themselves exactly what they want whenever they need it. This means that well-meaning gift givers are often searching for gift ideas for friends and family for the holiday season.
The trick? When buying presents for people who have it all, get them gifts they won’t consider buying themselves.
For that someone who already has a lot of stuff, think beyond possessions and give them an experience. By pre-paying for an activity, your friend or family member gets an amusing experience to treasure and maybe even gains some new skills. Some ideas to consider include:
- Cooking or photography classes
- Movie or live theatre tickets
- Concerts or sporting events
There is also something thoughtful about anticipating someone’s future need and pre-paying for it so they don’t have to. This gives your gift recipient the idea that you are thinking beyond an item and trying to do something that will genuinely make their life easier. Think about car detailing and washing, housecleaning or babysitting. These are gift ideas that you can even provide yourself if you are short on cash. Sometimes the best gifts are the willingness to lend a hand.
Another idea for the hard-to-buy-for people in your life is a subscription. Whether it’s a food club, beauty box, or magazine, subscription services can be purchased for a variety of budgets and offer something to enjoy year-round. Just remember to choose the subscription gift topic from your recipient’s interests and hobbies.
A personal touch can turn an ordinary gift into something especially meaningful. When you special order something that is engraved, embroidered or specifically designed for your recipient, you show that you’ve put the extra thought and effort into a customized gift. Consider all of the gifts you can personalize like towels, journals and keychains. Those personal touches can mean so much to the person who already has everything.
Photos are another versatile way to give a meaningful gift. Whether your recipient would find a certain photo nostalgic, emotional, beautiful, or funny, there are tons of great gift ideas that you can customize with personal photos. Make a set of coasters featuring vacation photos, or magnets with kids and grandkids, or a coffee mug with a favorite pic. If you have too many photos to choose from, consider a book with a theme, like family birthdays over the years. Websites make it easier than ever to produce these items and get them shipped quickly.
Making a charitable donation in place of gift giving has become a popular practice over the last few years. There are so many causes and charities out there that it is usually possible to find something near and dear to your recipient’s heart. The trick to remember when making the donation is to ask yourself if your recipient would donate to the charity if they were choosing the organization. A family member who is passionate about children’s medical health would be thankful for a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For those that have everything they want and need, the best gifts aren’t material possessions. Emphasis should be placed on finding a thoughtful way to show your love and affection and not be focused on finding the perfect item. In the end, it really is the thought that counts.