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How Do I Choose The Most Appropriate Gift?

 
 
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How many times have you been caught scrambling to come up with a gift for someone special?Family member, friend, acquaintance?Or how many times have you had to go shopping for a gift for someone you did not really know; some occasion or function being the reason?

This article is for the one who needs some help when having to purchase a gift for someone they do not really know and it is our hope that your shopping trip will be made that bit easier.You may be wondering to yourself when would these occasions arise?

You would be amazed to discover the number of times in our lives when we are called upon to go gift hunting for either someone outside our circle of family or friends.

We are going to give you a list of these possible types of occasions along with some tried and proven techniques and hopefully it will help you to be more prepared when next you are called upon to go shopping for that most appropriate gift.

Remember, there will be times when you are called upon to purchase a gift for someone because of such things as the occasion, the person in question, or otherwise. There will always be times when you are going to be put in a position where you will feel an obligation to do so.So read on to learn more.

First off, a list of some of those occasions when you need to come up with the most appropriate gift:

  • The wedding of a family member to someone you have never met.

  • The wedding of a friend to someone you do not know.

  • The birthday party of a friend of your child.

  • A gift for a shower party for a co-worker that you do not really know.

  • A gift for a special wedding anniversary of someone that you do not really know.

  • A gift for a special birthday for someone that you do not really know.

  • A gift to celebrate a religious event for a child.

  • A gift to celebrate an achievement for someone that you may not know very well.

  • A going away gift for someone that you may not know very well.

  • A departing gift for a co-worker that you may not know very well.

  • A house warming gift for someone that you may not know very well.

Now we are going to give you a list of techniques to help you choose that most appropriate gift. Think of this list as important things to keep in mind when you next go gift shopping.

  • How well do you know the person?

  • What is the occasion that you are shopping for?

  • What is the gender of the person that you are shopping for?

  • Will this be a gift for a single person or for a couple?

  • What is the approximate age of the person?

  • What is the status of the person, single or married?

  • Is the person retired, working, student, parent, or other?

It is also going to help you if you could determine as much of the following before you set out on your gift hunt for that most appropriate gift:

  • Hobbies of the person.

  • Do they collect anything special or in particular?

  • Are they presently looking for anything in particular for their home or office?

  • What are their tastes when it comes to such things as clothes, books, jewellery, or fragrances?
Some pitfalls to avoid:
  • Do not give gifts of clothes, jewellery, or perfumes to someone that you may not know very well.

  • Give a gift that reflects what you yourself would appreciate someone giving to you.

  • Do not assume that someone may like what you like.

  • Do not go out and purchase the biggest or most expensive gift.

Here are some resources to get you started:

How to Choose Age Appropriate Gifts For Kids: 6 Steps
http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-Age-Appropriate-Gifts-For-Kids

Appropriate Business Gifts:
http://etiquette.about.com/od/Professional-Etiquette/a/Appropriate-Business-Gifts.htm

Choosing Pastor Appreciation Day Gifts | Pastor Gifts:
http://www.pastor-gifts.com/choosing-pastor-appreciation-day-gifts

 
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