We have all struggled at one point to think of impressive birthday gifts to give friends, family members, or colleagues. Even if you know someone well, gift-giving can be a stressful situation for a variety of reasons.
Maybe we purchase a gift that the recipient doesn’t like (it happens), and that person doesn’t want to hurt your feelings so they pretend they love it! But then you always wonder why little Suzie doesn’t wear the sweater you got her at Christmas, or your work friend said the mug you bought her “broke” in the dishwasher.
Wouldn’t it be great to take the guesswork out of gift-giving? Now you can find curated gifts for any occasion and finally send a gift that impresses.
Gifts for Family
The reason Suzie doesn’t wear the sweater was, she didn’t like it, or maybe it didn’t even fit – on any level. It’s hard to stay in touch with family, especially if everyone is scattered. It’s even more impossible to keep up with sizes, favorite colors or causes.
Although it is still the thought that counts, most gift givers want the item to be enjoyed, liked, and even functional. If you send a gift with a site like Goody, the person receiving your gift can select options when available as well as swap or pre-exchange the gift for something else. No money (or time) is wasted with returning an unwanted item.
More importantly, as a buyer a curated gift site will allow you to set reminders for important events like birthdays and anniversaries, so you aren’t waiting until the last minute anymore to truly find something special when you want to make an extra effort.
Gifts for Friends
Whenever we receive a gift, we always have the option to decline it, exchange it, or not even use it. Let’s be honest, most of the time we don’t and we accept an unwelcome gift because it came from someone we care about – a friend.
More often than not however, a gift from a friend is probably going to suit you better than something you get from an obscure relative in a Secret Santa exchange. Yet there are occasions and “special” birthdays where you want to go that extra mile, and could be lacking from inspired ideas.
For more unique gifts, it’s good to consider shopping on an online site that offers varied gift options, but that also gives back to worthwhile causes. What better gift than one that you give twice? Find your friend something one of a kind and support companies that have values that align with your friend’s. If you give your friend a beautiful piece of jewelry made by a female founded company, she can be proud to display her support.
Gifts for the Office
Let’s face it – gift giving at the office is a puzzle at best. Most of us don’t know the proper protocol when it comes to buying for work colleagues, yet every holiday season we find ourselves in an office gift exchange or at the VP’s retirement party.
If you are supposed to (or want to) give your boss a gift, what is appropriate? More often than not, we end up giving an impersonal gift card, which is almost worse than leaving cash in an office card. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never actually gotten a gift card from a restaurant I like.
In the situation where it may not be appropriate to give your boss or co-worker a gift, a curated gift site will allow them the option to decline the gift completely, still showing them that you cared, and made an effort even if it was a situation where it wasn’t necessary. That is a fantastic way to avoid an awkward gift exchange with your boss.
If your office environment is more casual, you may still end up drawing the new employee’s name who you don’t know very well and now have to guess what to get them so they feel welcomed and included with the rest of the group.
If you are a supervisor and are expected to give gifts to project teams and business associates, a curated gift site is the answer. Just like with friends and family, gift recipients have the option to exchange, change, or decline the gift. It will also allow you to track gifts and employment milestones for one, or hundreds of employees. You can even send gifts automatically!
Holidays, graduations, retirements, new babies, housewarmings, 50th anniversaries, you name it – all of these special occasions share a common need for you to come up with a unique gift. Don’t get stuck on something like a birthday gift ever again, use a curated gift site to send a gift that impresses.