When you receive a gift from someone, and one is generic and one is personalized, which do you tend to like better? That’s right, the personalized one. The one that took additional time, thought and effort to implement, making you feel THAT much more special as the gift receiver. Personalized gifts are always so much better. They show how much you care about the person in question, and shows how much that person means to you. You spent the time to get them the perfect gift. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming or that there are too many options on the market. Too many scented candles, too many styles of bags, too many perfumes to choose from. Which is why a personalized gift will stand out. Personalized gifts are something that take a while to choose, time to prepare and have a touch of magic to them. So, make sure you give yourself plenty of time when you are choosing to go this route for someone.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ―H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Here are a few reasons why we feel personalized gifts are the best:
There are many occasions where a gorgeous bouquet of flowers or a plant are the perfect gift. It is something that will always be enjoyed and brings life into the home. But isn’t it better to create something more unique? Something such as a hand-drawn map of the stars on the night your friend was born, or the day that you and your partner met? It takes more effort, and understanding of who they are, their life and what matters the most to you and them. Photographs turned into watercolors and printed or framed, or our of our favorites, Jacob Mercari for custom made jewelry. Or a custom gift box curated by Shop Bop Fox. These gifts will stand out because they are more thoughtful.
Giving a gift is an opportunity to give someone a special memory. It is really unlikely that someone will pick up a pair of socks you gave them in a few years and hold them close to their heart – unless, however, a special circumstance is attached to them. Such as your new puppies face on a pair, having their name, monogram, or wedding date stitched into them. This can really level up a gift like a pair of socks. You can use anniversary dates, their children’s birth date, special birthdays, and so much more. It shows you paid attention, and those memories can last forever.
Something that is personalized is for one person, and one person only. It is exclusive to them. A few words, a photo, an important date and time. It makes the personalized gift a “unique, one-off, no-one else has it” kind of feeling. Who doesn’t like to feel like they have something exclusive and special?
What They Want When it comes to gift-giving, we sometimes can get wrapped up in what WE want to give them, rather than what they need. It is important to listen to people when you ask them what they want. You might think the gift they want is lame, or not expensive enough. But if it’s what they want or need, then listen to them. If you aren’t going to listen to them, don’t ask them what they wants and take your chances. If they want a cashmere scarf or a gift certificate for their favorite store or restaurant, then go for it. Personalizing a gift is as much about personalizing it to their personality, style, lifestyle, or simply putting their name embroidered on it, as it is giving them a piece of jewelry with a unique or rare stone in it.
It is also worthwhile to note, especially in these crazy times, that one of the biggest gifts you can give someone is the gift of your time. Watching a movie together, going for a walk in the park, seeing a play that they have always wanted to see, the options are endless. Personal gifting is showing your love and appreciation for the people around you. Show them you know them, understand them and cherish having them in your life.
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