May 27, 2016

Gift Giving 101: An Easy Guide to Choosing the Perfect Gift

I don't know about you, but I LOVE giving gifts. The thought of shopping during the holiday season doesn't daunt me, it excites me. If I could be a personal shopper or gift giver, I totally would. In all reality, I know that it doesn't come easily or without stress for everyone. I'm here to offer some ways to help you throughout the process of gift giving from start to finish.

Start early.
-Take in to account when holidays or celebrations are coming. Father's Day is next month, but that doesn't mean you can't start shopping now. It's never too early to browse. I love getting ideas and browsing through websites online. One great place to shop is Uncommon Goods since they have awesome gifts year round. You can shop their Gifts for Men here to get started for Father's Day. 

Shop where there's a variety.
- I love stores or websites where I can purchase multiple gifts for a bunch of people on my list. Uncommon Goods is one of those places where there's an awesome variety. Whether it's a girly gift for a friend's birthday (shop those great options here)...hi birthstone wishing ball, I'm talking to you...or a unique housewarming gift for someone special, Uncommon Goods has you covered. I love funny gifts, yes...including doormats that state "Nice Underwear" and being able to shop for several people all in one stop makes gift giving super easy. I love that Uncommon Goods aims to feature so many different artists and creative people crafting projects by hand and working hard to make it in this world. I'm all about supporting someones dreams, and so is their company.

Do your homework.
-Take a look at their Pinterest boards. Anything Dad has loved lately? Have you seen your friend post about some great thing they recently spotted at the store? Take some time to see what they are currently enjoying or lusting after. The great thing about online shopping, like Uncommon Goods is that you can browse any time of the day or night, year round. I often get great ideas at weird hours, like late at night when I'm in bed. I find myself looking through websites and doing shopping at crazy hours. I have found some of the best birthday gifts online at Uncommon Goods. Check out their unique birthday gifts here. Know a wine fanatic? I do! How about gifting them these awesome food and drink pairing towels for the kitchen?

Keep a list of ideas.
- I have a notes section on my phone for gift ideas. When I see something that makes me think of someone, I add it to the list. If a friend or family member mentions something they love that they may not purchase for themselves, I pop the note in my phone. Keeping a running list not only makes you organized, it takes off the pressure of buying a ton of gifts all at once. Getting an idea for a gift is half the battle when it comes to gift giving. By jotting things down on a list you're always one step ahead. 

Make the presentation part of the gift.
-Want to step your gift giving up a notch? Find accent pieces that accompany the focus of your gift and make it in to one great presentation. Uncommon Goods has so many great gifts that add on to your primary piece and tie it all together. I love the selection of dish towels, barware, and gifts in a variety of price ranges. Gift giving doesn't have to be stressful when shopping is this fun. I put together a dish towel with this drink caddy to make the perfect pair in to a gift.
Think outside the (( gift )) box *wink wink*

Do you have any helpful tips when it comes to gift giving? What's your favorite place to shop for gifts?

I was given products from Uncommon Goods in exchange for a review. All opinions and comments are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that work with Dream Big & Buy the Shoes.

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