The Perfect Present

Part One: Intro

Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, wedding, or any other celebration, getting someone the perfect present can sometimes be quite a challenge, especially if the person you’re buying for hasn’t hinted at what they might want. And it’s not just buying the present that can be time consuming. If it’s for an extra special occasion, you might want to put in a little bit more effort into the presentation of the gift, to really show them how much you care.

If a loved one has a special birthday coming up, or if you’re wanting to get ahead on your Christmas wrapping, follow this step-by-step guide into buying, wrapping, and giving the perfect present.

Part Two: Selecting Your Gift

Buying the perfect gift for someone takes thought, consideration, and a good understanding of their preferences and interests. The first step is to consider if they have any interests or hobbies, for which you could buy them a related gift. For example, if the person you’re buying for enjoys cooking or baking, you could get them a recipe book, or some nice new cooking utensils. You can get an understanding of what a person likes by paying attention to what they enjoy doing in their free time, or even asking friends or family.

Secondly, you should consider what their needs are. Buying someone a practical gift can be a really good idea, because they’re more likely to really appreciate the gift, if it’s something they need.

Alternatively, you could go for a personalised gift or a custom-made item. Products or items with their name or a special date can be really meaningful.

The last option is to consider giving the gift of an experience. Is there something this person has always wanted to see or do? Taking your loved one to a concert or spa day, for example, is an opportunity for the two of you to make some special memories together.

Remember, it is important to set a budget, to avoid spending money unnecessarily, shop early as it may take some time to get hold of the gift you want, and finally, check the returns policy. If the present isn’t quite right, it’s always good to have peace of mind in knowing that they can swap it for an alternative.

Part Three: Wrapping the Gift

Sometimes how the present is wrapped can mean just as much as what is inside it. If you’re getting someone a keepsake, or if it’s for a memorable occasion, it’s important to consider how the gift looks.

Before you start, make sure you’ve got everything you’ll need. For example, wrapping paper, scissors, tape, a gift box (optional), craft twine, a gift tag, and any other decorative elements you might want to include.

Firstly, measure your chosen wrapping paper to make sure you have enough to fully cover the gift. Choosing the style of wrapping paper is equally as important. Choose a wrapping paper that suits the occasion and the recipient’s taste.

Then, place the gift inside the centre of the paper and fold the ends into one another. This can be trickier if the item isn’t rectangular. Once two sides are folded in and secured with tape, fold the opposing sides into triangles and then tape them up, to seal the present.

Using craft twine to tie around the parcel is a really easy and creative way to add that extra bit of elegance and make the piece really stand out. Finish up by adding a handwritten gift tag, and if you want you could place the wrapped parcel in a gift or box.

Part Four: Giving the Gift

The most enjoyable bit is seeing your loved-one’s reaction when you give them their special present. Remember, the perfect gift doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. It should reflect your thoughtfulness and care for the person you’re buying for. Tailoring the gift to their interests and needs is key to selecting a gift that will be appreciated and cherished.