The Art Of Thoughtful Gift Giving: Top 5 Tips

The days are getting shorter, the air cooler and yes- the holidays will be here before we know it. Rather than scramble last minute for gifts for our loved ones that are less than desirable, get a head start with these helpful tips.

Despite four in ten shoppers saying they worry about buying a friend or loved one the 'wrong' present at Christmas, new research reveals that the vast majority (96%) of people value the thought behind a gift rather than the gift itself.

1. Give By Personality

Failing to take into account WHO you are giving a gift to is the number one mistake. Taking the time to think about the receiver and their personality is key. Trendsetters may enjoy different gifts than fitness aficionados. Your travelista friend might like a leather bag or passport holder, while your friend who loves to entertain might appreciate new tableware — you get the idea.

Thoughtfull is a wonderful online one stop shop for gifting. The name says it all- and their simple approach to meaningful gift giving. Thoughtfull is a marketplace powered by real people. Their in-house curators comb the globe for merchants with the most unique products, standout experiences and socially conscious finds.

2. Give Your Time

The age ole saying 'time is the best gift you can give' has lasted the test of time for a reason. Material things can be cluttering depending on your recipient, but almost everyone could use a helping hand from time to time. Offer to watch their kids or dogs for a night so they can have some time to themselves, or help them with their next home improvement project. Have a special talent, like a knack for setting up gadgets or giving the perfect foot massage? Give the gift of your expertise — nothing says “I care” like sharing your skills to give them the best!

3. Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving 

What's better than a gift you can keep on enjoying after the initial use?! Some great options include a self care basket with carefully curated products ( again, based on the recipients preferences). No self care kit is complete without products for the bath- the ultimate self care treat. 

Another great option that keeps on giving is a subscription based gift. Take a moment to think about their interests- would a travel or food magazine peak their interest, a subscription to audio books or one of many subscription boxes on the market. The boom in popularity of subscription boxes means there is a box (and gift idea) out there for everyone. We love the variety and seasonal mix that FabFitFun subscription boxes offer. 

4. Give Thought To The Presentation

While what inside is what counts- that does not mean we cannot enjoy the pretty wrapping. It may be tempting to just scoop up a gift bag or toss a bow on the parcel without giving it a second thought. Taking the time to get creative with your presentation will take your gift to the next level.

5. Give A Surprise Delivery

Our loved ones may not live within driving distance or we may not be able to arrange to see them over the holidays. This is not an excuse to skip out on showing them with a thoughtfully curated gift. Scouting for the perfect gift through Giftagram makes it easy to find a thoughtful present that can be shipped nationwide. What sets Giftagram apart is their approach on promoting local brands, designers and boutiques, found exclusively in your city. Their marketplace offers one-of-a-kind products from niche retailers.