Shopping for birthdays and other occasions must be one of the most difficult tasks in the world, especially if you are not really sure what to get for them. There are plenty of cheat codes to navigating these treacherous waters so here are 3 ways in which you can seem like a whiz at figuring out really good (but easy) presents.
Shop for Themselves
Why give yourself a headache trying to figure out what to get when you can give that dilemma back to the individual in question? Get them a b2b gift card or a certificate to a shop where they can get stuff that they will like. If you are doing the former, you can even pay in a certain amount to it and then they can use it in multiple stores. If the latter, just be careful that you get one for a shop that will interest the individual. Another thing you can do is take them shopping and ask them to get themselves something. It might be awkward at first, but it is very convenient.
Find Something Useful
If making them shop for their own present is too awkward and you want to get them something, go for something utilitarian. This is the next best thing to getting them something that they really wanted. For instance, if you know someone who takes public transportation all the time, you can get them a designer backpack that is specifically designed to keep out pickpockets and thieves. They aren’t cheap, and the good models are not available in the mass market, so whoever receives it will know that you put some effort into it too.
Go for the Generic
If you truly do not have the time for either of the above options, then the easiest thing to do is go for the generic. This means flowers and cakes, common accessories like watches and belts, shirts and ties, chocolates etc. Be warned however; generic presents look lazy on your part because they really do not require any effort or thought. One way of determining which generic present you want to buy is judging by the age group. For the very small, any toy merchandise that is related to the currently most popular movie will work. For the teenagers, give them money to buy whatever they want. For the youth, try fancy bath products. Old movies work for the elderly, especially if they conjure fond visions of their childhood.
So be smart when you go for the easy options and get something that is useful or generic. If both options are out, then have them shop for their own present. It’s not as bad as it sounds.