How to Buy a Meaningful Gift for Your Loved Ones.

How to Buy a Meaningful Gift for Your Loved Ones.

A lot of us love to give and receive gifts. However, the truth is that many of us don’t actually know how to buy gifts or maybe, I should say, many of us don’t know how to buy a meaningful gift. I am sure we know there is a difference between getting a gift and getting a meaningful gift for our loved ones. And if we want to gift someone, it is only right that we gift them something they will love and appreciate because it speaks to their heart. Sure, we might say it’s the intention/effort that matters - and that’s true on the part of the receiver - but for the giver, there is nothing wrong in displaying a little thoughtfulness. 

So, without further ado, let’s discuss some tips to buy a meaningful gift next time you decide to gift someone.

Consider Your Budget

The first thing you should consider when thinking of what to buy is your budget. How much can you afford to churn out for the gift? Because nobody expects you to break the bank for a gift. I mean, sure, you should be generous but you need to find a balance between being generous and being financially prudent. It will be counter-productive if you buy something you cannot afford and end up unhappy while giving the gift. Gifting someone should always make you happy. So consider your pocket and decide what you can afford to spend. You can always check out for quality but affordable gift options. 

Consider Their Interest

Think about what they like or what they are interested in. If you are close to them, it is likely that you already know their interests. So, use that to your advantage. However, if you are uncertain, you can always employ the services of someone who knows them better. For instance, you can buy books for someone who loves reading (remember to buy the kind of books they love) or buy sports merch for someone into sports. 

Consider Something They Have Always Wanted

If we are observant or pay attention, there are times people around us talk to us about something they want or desire. They could be saving towards buying it or they could be planning to get it later. You could surprise them by buying it for them if you can afford it. This is a gift they will definitely appreciate as it is something they wanted but haven’t gotten around to buying.


Give Them Something They Need

This is quite similar to the point above, but wants are different from needs. For the above point, you can get them something they want but don’t necessarily need. However, if you are getting them something they need, it could be something you observed they need or something they have mentioned they need. For instance, if you want to gift a photographer and he/she has mentioned a particular camera that would help with their pictures, you could consider getting them that camera. And on the other hand, you could buy a bedsheet, new table rugs, and things like that for someone because you have seen they need it. 

Give Them An Experience

You could also get them an experience, instead of a physical gift, especially if it’s something they will enjoy. For instance, you can get them a ticket to the concert of their favourite musician or to their favourite sports teams’ game. You could also give them an all-expense-paid trip. 

Consider a Shared Memory

Another good idea is to give a gift based on shared memory. For this kind of gift, you will need to be creative and even more thoughtful. Think about doing something or creating something that you both can relate to. However, I would advise that you give this kind of gift to someone who would appreciate the sentiment. Some people prefer functionality to sentiment, so you should put that into consideration. 

Let me conclude by saying the trick to buying a meaningful gift is to remember that it is not about you. It is about the receiver. Don’t buy something you feel makes a good gift, you should be gunning for something they feel makes a good gift. If you do that, you will find it very easy to buy a meaningful gift for your loved ones.