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Personalized Gifts – A New Trend in Gift Giving

Giving personalized gifts is a new trend in gift giving, because they solve a difficult dilemma for many gift shoppers.

For example, what do you get the person who has everything? Or, what can you buy the person who is just hard to buy for, is very picky or doesn’t have many interests?  Unfortunately, those are a few questions that plague millions of Christmas gift buyers every year and can make the holiday gift buying season very stressful.

Do you aimlessly wander the local malls and aisles of department stores in search of an inspirational moment that will lead to the perfect gift? What do you get for someone who has a lot of money, does not really need anything, rather eclectic or has expensive hobbies you cannot possibly afford to support? What about the person who you do not know all that well, but whose invitation has left you feeling obligated to come with a gift in hand?

Many a time in the past, you have probably given in to giving a gift card. And you have succumbed to the promise of ease in gift giving by simply purchasing a little piece of plastic that entitles its bearer to purchase anything they like for the gift card amount.  Sure, when your card was opened you felt a pang of guilt and a moment of shame at your open capitulation and admission that you could not think of anything that the recipient of your gift card would have enjoyed. Fortunately, there is a way out of this dilemma!

Personalized Gifts Have Distinct Advantage

Personalized gifts are a new trend in gift giving and there are so many options from which to choose.  With just a little effort you can find something for even the most difficult gift recipients on your gift list.

Personalized gifts have a very distinct and unique advantage.  They combine the mundane with the extravagant.

For example, a towel is so ordinary, yet a towel with the recipient’s monogram or perhaps even name embroidered on it is a rare gift. Sure, not everyone will enjoy receiving a towel for his or her birthday, but let’s think about it a little further.  What about baby gifts! Did you know that a towel, blanket, and bib make for an okay gift, but have the child’s name embroidered on these same items, and now you have an automatic keepsake!

Golf balls are another good example. For the avid golfer in your family or circle of friends, a box of the best golf balls is still just a box of golf balls. But with his or her name or initials, and perhaps an anniversary date or retirement date engraved on them, suddenly this humble gift becomes one of thoughtful contemplation and a well wish all of their own!

The possibilities of personalized gifts truly are endless, and many a gift giver has already recognized the potential of this avenue. It is no wonder that these gifts are becoming so popular whether it be for holiday gifts, birthday gifts or any other gift giving occasion.

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts


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Gift Buying Tips

We all love to give and receive gifts, whether it’s at Christmas time or for a birthday, or even a special anniversary or event.  Some may need a little help with their gift buying, so here are my top five gift buying tips. I hope this helps you find the right gift for that special person, and maybe help you save a little money, too.


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My Top 5 Gift Buying Tips

Plan Ahead

Keep a list of upcoming birthdays and special occasions.  Plan the whole year in advance.  Enter these dates into your calendar, either a hard copy or electronic version.  I like to use my cell phone calendar.  You can set up a reminder so you get an alert of the upcoming birthday or event in which you need to purchase a gift. Planning ahead will give you time to search for the perfect gift and you may even catch a good sale.  If you are buying online, be sure to allow enough time for shipping.  Typical shipping guidelines are to allow 2-5 business days, depending on the company and their shipping location.

Stick to Your Budget

Remember, the cost of your gift is not what is important, rather the thought that you put into choosing that perfect gift.  By shopping early, you will have time to compare prices to get the best price possible.

 Read Reviews

You can easily read reviews of gifts you are considering buying at places like Amazon.com, Buy.com, Epinions.com, BizRate.com, etc. Comments from people that know about the product will certainly help you make up your mind about purchasing it or not purchasing it.

Compare Prices

Price comparison for gifts is easy if you’re switching between sites like Shopping.com, PriceGrabber.com and Cnet.com, Ebay.com, etc. The lowest gift price is out there. All you have to do is find it.

Give from your Heart

Consider what the gift recipients likes and dislikes.  What does the person talk about frequently? Where do they like to shop? What is their favorite color? What is there favorite sport or sports team? What kind of music do they listen to? Do they like to read? What are their hobbies? If you are stumped, ask those that know the recipient well for their thoughts.  Just remember, the best gifts are those that you took the time and effort to choose, paid attention to what the recipient likes, and selected a gift tailored to them.

Here is an example of the most memorable Christmas with my husband.  Well in advance of Christmas, we mutually agreed to limit our gifts to each other to five small presents.  We usually go all out on each other, but to curb our spending we came up with that plan. My husband said to himself “what comes in fives”?  He gave it some thought and came up with the five human senses…sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.  Each one of his gift selections represented each one of the five senses.  For sight he chose a book from my favorite author, for hearing a CD from my favorite musician, for smell my favorite perfume, for taste a box of my favorite dark chocolates, and for touch a beautiful outfit.  I loved the gifts, but the thought he put into his selections was so heartwarming and sincere. I will always treasure that Christmas memory!

Here is another example of a very thoughtful gift.  Another Christmas my daughter gathered all my photos of herself and my son during their childhood years.  She painstakingly put them into chronological order and assembled them into several beautiful albums.  That took a lot of thought and effort on my daughters part, which I sincerely appreciated so very much.  I will treasure those albums forever!

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts

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