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Whether you are familiar with the art of gift giving or not, here are a few tips to help you out…

Keep their age in mind; keep it age appropriate

As much as you’d like your gift receiver to enjoy your gift, it needs to be age appropriate. You might feel that this is basically so that they are not exposed to things faster than they should be, but in truth, it is also for their personal safety. This is especially true if your gift receiver happens to be a child. For example, from new born to toddlers, it’s best to gift the parents than the child herself. For toddlers to preschoolers, toys that are not sharp, or with too much bright light, and preferably something that will teach them something will be ideal. For older children, any thing that will keep them occupied, teach them something, or even make their days a little more active would make a great present.

Get to know their interests

Everyone has something that they are interested in. Some collect stamps, some love to collect antiques; be it watches or furniture. Some like taking long walks, and some are drawn to the ocean. No matter who you are, or what your age group is, you will have something that grabs your attention more than other things does. If your gift receiver has an interest for nice wall clocks (for example), and you want to get them something related to that, yet you don’t know a lot about it, always consult a professional. If you cannot do this, consider giving them a gift voucher so they could select what they prefer; rather than receive what ever you give them.  

Cater to their hobbies

Just like interests, most of us have activities that hold your attention. Whether it is bird watching, crocheting, making jewelry, sightseeing or even dancing; if you feel happy when you do it, it’s worth doing. Of course, if it’s something that will relive stress (like yoga or swimming) or something that teaches you something, then it’s better. If you cater to their hobbies, not only will your gift receiver feel like you have really put an effort to your gift, but also that you are encouraging them with it. It need not be something directly involved with their hobby either; for example, if they enjoy boat rides or fishing in the ocean, then a tide clock will make a fun gift. You can buy tide clock online.

Have a few simple tricks up your sleeves for those you don’t know very well

Unfortunately, as much as you’d like, there are some people you just can’t get to know. It may be someone living overseas, or someone who is very different to you. it could even be someone from a different age group. For people like this, who you have no idea about their hobbies or interests, gift cards are the way to go. From food, to clothes to electronics, you have so much to choose from…

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