Coming up with what might be considered the ideal or best gift for him or her is not an easy task. After all, the value of the gift will be determined by the receiver and what one recipient considers the best might not actually be so for another.
For instance, a teenager may feel that the latest electronic gadget would be a perfect or best gift for him or her, an adult on the other hand, may deeply treasure receiving a gift of sentimental value such as property.
In most cultures, the preferred gift for young and old alike is money, allowing the receiver to use it for whatever he or she wants.
Despite the challenge, many thoughtful individuals continue in their quest for a gift most suitable for someone special to them. While finding such gift may not be possible, keeping in mind some certain factors would likely increase the chances for success.
However, below are four factors that can contribute to satisfaction on the part of the receiver;
The Recipient’s Desire
The recipient’s desire has much to do with whether he or she will cherish a gift or not. So try as much as you can to think about the person to whom you intend to give a gift.
Try to identify what he or she value because a person’s values often influences his or her desires. For instance, grandparents often value spending time with their family and they may desire to see their children and grandchildren as frequently as possible.
Therefore, a family vacation with grandparents would likely be appreciated than any other gift for them.
The Recipient’s Need
A recipient may highly cherish even the simplest gift if it fills a particular need. But how can you know what someone else might need? It may seem that the easiest way to find out is to ask what the person needs or wants.
However, for many gift givers, this takes away part of the joy of giving, as they much prefer to surprise the receiver with just the right gift.
Furthermore, while some people may talk freely about their likes and dislikes, often they can be rather private regarding their needs.
Therefore, be observant and take special note of the person’s circumstances. Is he or she young, old, single, married, divorced, widowed, employed or retired? Then give thought to what gifts may address a need the person has.
To gain a proper insight into the needs of the intended recipient of your gift, consult with others who have been in similar circumstances. They may be able to tell you about special needs that are not widely known by others.
With such input, you may now be able to give a gift that fills a need that others would not think of.
Just as words spoken at the right time can be very pleasing to the hearer, a gift given at the right time or on the appropriate occasion can contribute greatly to the receiver’s happiness.
A friend is getting married, a youth is soon to graduate from school, a married couple is expecting a baby, he or she is celebrating birthday. These are but a few of the many occasions for which gifts are often given.
Some find it practical to keep a list of such special events that will take place in the coming year. In this way they can plan ahead for the gift that would be best for each occasion.
Of course, you need not limit giving to special occasions as the joy of giving can be experienced at any time. However, a word of caution might be in order.
For instance, if a man were to give a lady a gift when there is no apparent reason for doing so, she might conclude that the gift was an indication of his interest in getting to know her better.
Unless that is the true and appropriate intention, such gift may lead to misunderstandings or complications. This underscores the need to consider another important factor – the giver’s motives.
The Giver’s Motives
As mentioned above, it is good to consider whether the recipient might misinterpret the giver’s motives. On the other hand, the giver would do well to examine his or her own motives.
While most people would like to think that their motives for gift-giving are honourable, many give gifts during certain times of the year because they feel pressured to do so.
Still others give in hopes of receiving preferential treatment or something in return.
If your giving is motivated by genuine love and concern for the recipients, your gifts will likely be received with joy and you will be experience a greater happiness that comes from true generosity.
When you give from the or your heart, joy and happiness overflow between you and the person receiving the gift(s).
In summary, giving attention to the four factors we discussed above can contribute immensely toward giving that best gift that put smile on the face of the receiver.