The Subtle Art of Gift Giving

Gift giving is one of those things that seem small but are important. Giving gifts to loved ones is not compulsory — well, not usually — and if you choose to get one, you’re expected to put some thought into it. After all, gifts are a symbol of the importance of our relationships with people.

Unfortunately, not all of us are able to sniff out what people really want, and we could get stressed out thinking about what to buy, how much it’ll cost or if the other person will like it, and we often end up underperforming or over-performing — it’s usually the former. So before you get your Opera-loving friend a Harley Davidson branded leather jacket, be sure to read this piece on giving small but thoughtful gifts.

The bespoke gift of jewelry

This one is more for the ladies, but guys enjoy jewelry too. Nothing says you’re important the way that jewelry does. People love things that are unique, or are one of a kind that tell a story. So when the time comes to choose a gift, consider making something. We realize that when some hear custom jewelry they think macaroni bracelets and terribly crafted pieces “given with love.” but you can make adorable industry-standard gifts for your friends, siblings, or even your children.

If you don’t have the time or just can’t be bothered with the process of making jewelry, you don’t need to worry. Many stores and brands specialize in making custom jewelry ranging from necklaces of different styles to more thoughtful and particular pieces like sister bracelets, bridesmaid bracelets, ankle bracelets and the works, and some even let you inscribe thoughtful messages on them — talk about truly being custom-made.

You can never go wrong with unique jewelry. It’s beautiful, easy to get, and makes you look like a gift-giving rock star.

The gift of beauty and relaxation

Another awesome thoughtful gift you can give is the gift of a spa and beauty day. We’re talking massages, facials, nails, hair — the entire package. This is a thoughtful gift because it shows that you’re thinking about the other person’s health and well-being. And if you think this isn’t for the men, you’d be surprised how much they appreciate a good spa day — maybe without the nail and hair appointments.

Spas and salons are thankfully easy to find and some offer personal and business membership plans. You could extend this relaxing gift to your employees.

The gift of time

Gifts don’t always have to be material. Sometimes, all we want is for the people we love to show up. This is why you can never go wrong when giving your time. Hang out with loved ones, talk with them, laugh with them, take walks and spend time. Giving your time doesn’t cost anything, but it could mean everything to your friends and loved ones.

The gift of an experience

Adventures are an amazing and thoughtful gift to give friends or loved ones. Planning a trip to their favorite country or city, or to a place where they’ve always wanted to go, will leave them thanking you for years to come. This gift can also be a two-for-one, giving both your time and an adventure, especially if you travel with them.

Planning a trip doesn’t have to be expensive. You can plan on a budget and still get the most out of it. And it doesn’t always have to be to some remote island or resort; you can plan a trip to all the ice cream places in your city — that would be a sweet experience.

Upgrade your gift-giving skills with these thoughtful easy-to-give gifts and win the belt for the ultimate gift-giver of all time — or just be known as a thoughtful person.