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Gift-giving is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whether it’s an annual event like Christmas, a milestone birthday, a reward for a job well done, a friendly gesture in a time of need—or anything else for that matter—there’s nothing quite like giving or receiving something that’s truly unique. But, what makes a gift unique? And, why does finding something meaningful for the ones you love matter? Here we explore what makes a gift unique, how to go about sourcing a powerful personal memento and other essential gift-giving hacks.
So, what makes a gift unique?
A unique gift stands out from the pile and speaks to the recipient on a deeply personal level. In that sense, it’s thought that makes a gift special.
Grabbing a bunch of flowers, a box of supermarket chocolates or a retail gift voucher is easy—but it isn’t unique.
A unique gift, one that bounces out of the envelope or wrapping paper and hits the recipient square in the face (in a good way, of course) will prove meaningful and inspirational in equal measures.
Regardless of its physical form, if there’s a story or real personal value behind a gift or present, it will instantly become unique. And, all of the other gifts in the pile will pale in comparison. You will become the gift-giving king or queen.
Turning a picture into a custom oil painting makes a unique gift on any occasion, as do experiences and donations
Take an oil painting portrait, for instance. If you buy one from a luxury department store, while it might be pretty—and expensive—the fact that it’s part of a generic batch automatically removes and thought or originality from the gesture.
But, if you take the time to arrange a custom oil painting portrait that takes the recipient on a personal journey, you will be onto a winner.
Tug on the heartstrings, evoke genuine emotion, offer an element of surprise, and you cannot lose. That, in essence, is what transforms a gift from uninspiring to unique.
To give a gift that not only stands out but will be cherished for a lifetime, it’s important to ask yourself the right questions before you make any firm commitment.
- Who am I buying for and what do they value?
- What are their personal interests?
- What are their personal passions?
- What drives them in life?
- What has happened in the person’s life in the past year or so?
By taking the time to mull over these questions, you will ensure that your gift-giving efforts turn heads, drop jaws, and stands out from the stack.
Head-turning, jaw-dropping gift-giving angles
Now that you know what makes a gift unique and what to consider when buying a standout present for a friend, colleague or loved one, let’s look at three gift-giving angles that will go the extra mile.
Social giving studies suggest that donating to a charitable cause close to someone’s heart is a powerful tonic. In fact, it makes both the gift-giver and recipient incredibly happy.
By donating to a charity in someone’s name, a cause that holds a great deal of personal meaning, not only will you showcase an enormous level of thought and generosity but you will also become a part of that person’s story.
A unique way to honor someone you care about.
Give an experience
72% of Millennials prefer experiences over tangible possessions. By giving someone the opportunity to try something new or spend time doing something fun with someone they love, your offering will stand out, remain firmly implanted in their memory for years to come.
As long as you’ve asked yourself the right questions before clicking the ‘buy button’, it’s more than likely that you’ll choose a gift experience that will excite, inspire, and amaze. And, of course, when it comes to gift-giving excellence—that’s the aim of the game.
Tailor or personalize
The personalized gift market is expected to boom in the next three to four years, and for good reason.
People like things that are tailored or personalized as these make for more meaningful keepsakes. So, if you get it right, you will be very popular when gift-giving day comes around.
Touching on portraits again for a moment. If you try making portraits from photos, you will create a gift that is unique in every way. Taking a beloved photographic image and having it transformed into a portrait is a prime example of personalized gift-giving—an approach that far surpasses any engraved pen or coffee mug.
Go personal and you will win on the gift-giving battlefield.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ―Charles Dickens
By going that extra mile and giving someone a gift that rises above the mundane and shines brighter than a factory-made trinket, you will gain the power to lighten someone’s load and make their life that little bit better.
Now that you know what to do, get out there and make it happen. Oh, and if you have any unique gift-giving ideas of your own, please do share them by leaving a comment.