How to Give Good Gifts: 8 Tips You Can Use for Birthdays, Holidays, Weddings...

Whether you spend a little or a lot, finding the perfect gift is a great way to tell the people you adore in this world that they are treasured and cherished. Here are eight tips for picking out just the right present for everyone on your list.

1. Keep a running log of gift ideas for the most important people in your life.
The best gift givers know this simple secret: Jot down ideas as you think of them. Dedicate a page in your daily calendar or daytimer for writing down ideas throughout the year. When your family and friends mention that something would be nice to have, write it down. When gift-giving time rolls around, all you need to do is refer to your list and do some comparison shopping to find the item at a good price.

2. Give memories and experiences instead of things.
Everyone has a friend or family member who seems to have everything they'll ever need. If this is the person that you're shopping for, instead of scratching your head or giving them a gift certificate, think about buying them a service. For example, you can purchase a month of lawn care or a visit to a local spa. Or treat them to an experience: tickets to a concert or sporting event - or even a pass to the zoo or museum. This type of gift will allow you to be original without giving the person something that they probably already have.
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3. Don’t be afraid of the unusual.
Think outside the box. If the person in your life is known for having a particular hobby or interest, they probably have a lot of the basic presents that have to do with that interest. Branch out from the normal gifts (such as golf tees or scrapbooking supplies) and get them a book on their favorite subject or an instructional DVD. If the recipient is a lighthearted kind of person you can also find gag gifts based on their favorite hobbies.

4. If you don't know the person well, ask someone who does.
You'll always want to look to the gift recipient's interests for ideas for different types of gifts. If you know the person well, this is pretty easy. You know what type of music he or she listens to and you know his or her hobbies. Try to think of something that reflect their tastes and shows that you know what they're into. If you don't know the person that well, try asking someone who does. And then keep the information on file (see Tip #1.)

5. Keep it simple.
Simple gifts are very often the best. A nice manicure set, an address book, a recipe file, a simple piece of jewelry, a personal journal and pen - these are gifts that many will enjoy. For children, a simple art set or a collection of bath toys make an easy-to-buy gift.

6. Handmade gifts are always one-of-a-kind.
Especially if cost is a factor, don't be intimidated by giving a handmade gift. Check out photo processing sites, such as Snapfish and SeeHere for easy to make photo gifts. These work especially well during the holidays. People also enjoy snacks and sweets during this time of year. Creating a custom goodie basket complete with homemade treats and recipe cards is a great way to celebrate the holiday season without breaking the bank. (Or you can cheat and send something from Harry and David. Their dark chocolate truffles are unbelievable. So is their baklava.) (Get Harry & David Coupons here.)

7. Go online for some amazing ideas.
A number of online gift boutiques will have ideas throughout the year that just aren't available at your local mall. A few that stand out: Uncommon Goods and Red Envelope.
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8. Don't rush.
Take pride in your ability to pick out the perfect gift. Whether you spend a little or a lot, finding the perfect gift is worth the time that it takes to find something that's just right.

All in all, you want to think about the type of experience that you want to give the gift recipient. If you know a busy mom who needs to relax and spend more time by herself, a nurturing spa trip is a great idea. If someone in your life is disorganized and unhappy about it, a date book or organization bag will be a welcome present. An intellectual type will appreciate a book on the latest hot topic. Thinking about how the gift will affect the recipient is a great way to choose the perfect present.

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