You may love your family and friends, but that doesn’t mean that you can always come with a good idea for something to give them. Not all of us can think up the perfect gift for any occasion.
Although everybody says “it’s the thought that counts,” we still want to give an appropriate thoughtful gift and not have to fall back on some impersonal cliché. To help, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Get a custom star map
A custom star map is the epitome of “unique”. You fill in the date and location of a significant date or event, and then you get a custom-made star map of what the night sky looked like on that date. You could choose a birthday, engagement or wedding date, or just the date of a really good day that you had together.
Your loved one will receive a beautiful map of the night sky (with or without the constellations marked in), and you’ll know that you got them something both unconventional and thoughtful.
Knit them something
Homemade presents aren’t just for kids. If you’re good at crafts, why not try making gifts for friends and family? There are lots of instructions online to help you if you can knit or crochet, and lots of ideas for how to make beautiful cards or collages.
The time and effort that you put into making the item make it special, and you can tailor the item to their preferences. If your friend is always cold, you could knit them a hat or scarf; if your aunt likes flowers, you could make her a special collage birthday card of a garden. The only limits are your imagination.
Tune up their phone
Today’s phones are amazing. Their screens are full of color and movement, and we can even watch movies on them. The only downside? They break. We all know that one friend or family member who’s running around with a cracked screen.
Why not make their day by getting their screen repaired for them? Just google “phone repair near me” and find a fast, professional service to replace their phone screen. It’s not the most glamorous gift, but it’s certainly something they can use.
Keep them caffeinated
If your friend is a caffeine fiend, why not try a subscription to a coffee club? This is an opportunity to give them a monthly try of some amazing specialty, single-origin coffee beans grown in various regions around the world.
It’s something that’s a little bit special and luxury that people might not always be willing to buy for themselves but would still very much like to receive.
Spend time with them
Lots of people prefer doing something together with a friend to getting a gift. If you have a friend or family member like this, why not plan a special trip to a museum or art gallery together, or go over to their house and cook them a special dinner?
You can both enjoy spending quality time together and make happy memories that are likely to last much longer than any random stuff that you give them.
Help them start something special
For the person who has it all, and doesn’t need anything else, why not give a donation to a charity on their behalf? Some charities allow you to direct your donation directly to a certain area, so you could donate to buy a lettuce garden or some honey bees.
Your friend or family member won’t get a physical gift, but they will get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing you thought of them in connection with charitable deeds. If they’re big into social activism, they’ll appreciate that you put money toward a good cause because of them.