“What do I get them?”
Ever asked this question? I have…on numerous occasions. Finding that perfect gift can be one of the most challenging aspects of giving. You may have asked other questions like this: Do I get them something they want? Do I get them something they need? Do I get them something they can use on a regular basis or get them something they can only use as decoration? Do I get them the model that is on sale or a more expensive model with all the bells and whistles?
We all long for the situations when that someone has been talking all year about this one item and it is obvious they are very excited about it. Then there is little question what to get them. Sometimes we don’t have this opportunity. Unfortunately, there are many times you can never know for sure if they will like your gift. In these cases, the best option is to practice the theory of “Minimizing Risk” through a few simple steps listed below. You may already have your own system to minimize risk. Congratulations! Below are a few ideas that may help:
- Throughout the entire process, listen to your gut. Many times, there is something deep inside that will let you know which gift to choose. This feeling is hard to verbalize, but you know what I’m talking about. If you have historically been wrong in your gift giving, do what was recommended in the 86th episode of Seinfeld titled, “The Opposite”.
- The safest decision with the lowest risk is to simply get them what they are asking for. If you think this is a little boring, then give something else that is related to it. Make the presentation as amazing as possible. Give it some pizazz or flare. Spice it up a little. Make it as much fun for you as it will be for them.
- If you have no idea what is on their gift list, then get them something you value and make it relevant to them. Not everyone appreciates knives and swords, but everyone appreciates someone thinking of them. Some gifts may be forgotten or thrown away, but it is very difficult to forget an attempt that took someone a lot of time, energy and other resources to make an impression.
Allow me to insert a personal example: I received a envelope in the mail from a young lady whom I discharged from physical therapy months prior. In the envelope was a hand-written letter, a picture as well as a plastic bag with a few pieces of shredded rubber from the AT&T Stadium. In the letter, she explained the football team from her high school had played in the state championship game on this field and she collected a few pieces to send to me as a gift for helping her heal months ago. Needless to say, I was deeply honored.
Can I functionally use these small pieces of rubber? No. Am I going to use the plastic bag they came in? Probably not. Is there a chance I could misplace the letter? Sure there is. Will I ever forget the thought and intentionality behind this gift. Absolutely not!
It is this reaction that we at Edge of Honor what to help you make in someone else’s life. We want to help you in the process to make it easier for you. This is our desire. We not only want your gift to be unforgettable, but we want people to remember the honor behind your gift for the rest of their lives. The old saying, “It’s not the gift that counts, it is the thought” holds some truth to it. But we want the gift and the thought to count.