Sometimes it is because they have every collectible of their favorite fictional universe. Sometimes it is because they have lots of money and are always buying whatever they want. And sometimes it is just because they never talk to anyone about what they want.
Whatever the reason, there are always a few people in your life that are impossible to shop for. It is hard to get a gift for a person who has everything or doesn’t seem to want anything. Unfortunately for you, there are probably three such people on your holiday shopping list this year.
But don’t worry, although they may put on a good front, there is always something that you can give them that will delight them as much as it does you. It is just a matter of looking a little deeper than the surface consumerism promoted in ads. Look just a little deeper, and the answers will come. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Consider Their Health
Even Iron Man has a few health issues to deal with. The people really close to him would know that the perfect gift may be something as simple as a t-shirt that won’t fade due to all the radioactive bombardment from his implant.
If the Iron Man in your life happens to be a diabetic, an athlete, or just someone fighting varicose veins, the idea gift might well be Therafirm branded compression wear. Regardless of the brand, compression socks, sleeves, hosiery, and other accessories might be just the thing that shows you are paying attention to the small details that make a big difference.
There are many ways you can take health into consideration this gift-giving season. Perhaps consider a gift that helps them undo the damage they did during Thanksgiving. You can buy chocolates for the chocolate lover that are low fat or low sugar.
A large print calendar is great for that low-vision calendar lover in your life. The point is that when you pay attention to a detail like special health needs, you are the rarest and best kind of gift-giver there is.
Give a Part of Yourself
It is not all about the one receiving the gift. In fact, it has almost nothing to do with the one receiving the gift. If I give you a gift, I am expressing myself to you. I am not trying to tell you something about yourself. You already possess yourself. It is foolish of me to try and give you more of yourself. Instead, I am expressing something of myself in my gift to you.
The person who has everything does not have you. And there is a lot about yourself that you can share in a gift. Some of the best gifts are ones you can make in under an hour. Those are unique expressions of yourself that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
You don’t have to worry about whether or not they will like that funky candlestick you fell in love with at the craft shop. That candlestick will forever remind them of you: the giver. All of the gifts they would have bought for themselves anyway will be quickly forgotten. But they will never forget the person who gave them that candlestick.
Give that Which They Would Never Buy for Themselves
If you hard to buy for person is a Star Trek fan, trying to find her a unique collectible will be an exercise in frustration. Your friend likely already has it. In fact, may already have dozens of them. Rather, buy the item she would never buy for herself.
Perhaps you have been preaching the necessity of making computer backups of personal data. But it goes in one ear and out the other. You could give the gift of a backup drive that is attached their computer to automatically do the backups for them. Or you could spring for an online backup service.
There is always a great gift idea. You will find yours by considering their health, giving something of yourself, and giving that which they would never get for themselves.