The Gift Guru: Finding the Perfect Presents

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Its that time of year again when people are trying to figure out what gift to get their significant other. This might be one of the largest challenges some people face the entire year. It is important that the gift will be remembered and mean something special to him or her. Listed below are several tips to the perfect present.

Create a list of everything they like.

For a few minutes create a list of things your significant other likes and enjoys. Write down everything that can be thought of, big or small. This can Include; favorite color, food, state, sport, restaurant, etc. Creating a list will help fire up your brain and potentially produce you with some really great gift ideas.

Ask their family and friends.

Who better to ask than the people that your significant other grew up with? It is almost guaranteed that their friends and family will have inside knowledge about what your significant other would love to receive. Maybe they wanted a certain toy growing up but never got it or they have a secret obsession that they would never dare tell anyone about.

Make some handmade crafts.

Nothing is more personal and unique than a gift that was made by hand. A handmade craft shows how much time, effort and thought was put into the gift. Handmade gifts can be personalized for your significant other and shows how important they are. It is also a great way to test and show off your artistic talent. Examples of handmade gifts: picture book, quilt, gift basket, necklace, etc.

“Personally, I enjoy receiving gifts that are homemade and sentimental. It shows a lot about how much the person cares about you and is a creative way to show affection,” William Stimic, junior, said.

Monogram or customize it.

Imagine receiving a blanket with a blown up picture of you and your significant other, or imagine receiving a coffee mug with your favorite quote from “The Office.” There are several websites out there that create customized gifts for a cheap price. All you have to do is upload a picture or write a quote, choose what you want it on, such as a pillow, blanket, coffee mug, shower curtain or shirt and they will make it and ship it to you. Again, this is a very personal gift that you have a lot of control over what it looks like.

“One of my favorite gifts that I received was a personalized photo album of me and my boyfriend. I could tell he put a lot of thought and effort into it. This Christmas, I made a very special love book for my boyfriend. It is a cartoon picture book about how we met and all of the wonderful things we do together,” said a girl that wants to stay anonymous so she does not ruin the surprise.

Picture of the Love Book anonymous got for her boyfriend.

Buy some bling.

If you don’t have the time or the artistic ability to make something, you can always fall back on buying a valuable, wearable object. If the significant other is a female, you can never go wrong with buying jewelry. If you know their favorite color, you can buy a necklace or earrings that has that color incorporated in it. If the significant other is a male, a great gift could be a watch, necklace, hat, sunglasses, etc.

The holiday season is a great time for giving gifts, but they are not the only way to show love and affection. Often times the best gift is spending time with your significant other. Go for a walk, look at Christmas lights, make a dessert or go shopping for a Christmas gift you both could use. Gift or no gift, it is important that whatever the significant other receives is memorable.

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