Can you remember the gifts you received last Christmas?
How about your birthday last year?
Unless you received something really special or life changing not many people can actually remember gifts received a year or more ago…
Whether you are a pro gifter or a gifting novice, we could all do with gifting a bit BETTER.
What do I mean by gifting better?
Well… In this gift guide I am going to show you ways to give more thoughtful, meaningful gifts. Tips, tricks and alternatives you may not have considered before.
Whether you’re stuck on something to get for someone you care about and nothing seems quite special or personal enough, someone who seems to already have everything, or even stuck on a gift to give to someone you don’t know all that well. Here is something for everyone!
So have a look and find your inspiration
When you gift a experience, you also gift memories. You can choose from literally hundreds of choices including adventures like jumping out of a plane, trips or getaways, or smaller experiences such as wine and cheese tasting at a local restaurant. There really is a experience for EVERYONE.
The other fantastic part of most experiences is that the person receiving the gift can choose the date and time that’s perfect for them and depending on the experience, in some cases they can even choose a location!
Not sure what the person you are gifting might enjoy?
No bother, there are a few different companies which offer gift vouchers or special occasion boxes. You can choose a amount and then the person you gift can choose which experience they would like to do. This means your gifting something special, personal but also completely flexible.
Journals & Self Care
I actually use this journal myself, I was lucky enough to be gifted this by my lovely mum for my birthday and it was, and still is such a beautiful gift. Much more than a traditional journal, this guides you with advice, questions, and prompts to keep you writing and thinking positively.
The slow and steady approach to create long-lasting change offers wisdom and a structure so you can uncover personal insights about who you are, and what you need in your life to be happy. Split into two clearly defined sections, the first part is a series of chapters explaining the power of positive habits, and science-backed happiness techniques such as gratitude, mindfulness, meditation, contribution, exercise, nutrition, affirmation, goal setting, laughter (and more).
Part two is the Journal: Each page includes a list of short questions and prompts based on the tools outlined in part one. I cannot recommend this journal enough as a gift (for yourself or someone else!)
Self care isn’t just for grown ups anymore, over at Big Life Journal they have created mindset journals for kids of all ages and wow are they amazing. They are fun, unique and special, a fantastic gift for children.
I could share hundred of self care, growth and creativity journals…
But I will have to stick to a few faves! There really is a journal for everyone.. it’s a thoughtful personal gift that’s easy to give to anyone you care about.
A few other top websites for journals are…
Self care is such a specific thing for each person… for some it’s exercising, others it’s getting creative and everything in between. Here’s some fantastic inspiration for thoughtful gifts which are perfect for ‘me time’ …
Hobby craft have a fantastic selection of crafts and creative gifts as well as huge variety’s of paints, canvas, stencils, and just about ANYTHING you could want or need to create and be creative! When you create something, beautiful personal or just for fun it has been shown to be incredibly positive for your mental health, plus it gives us a chance to put away the phone to pick up the brush, knitting needles, or whatever tools your using!
Here are a few other sites which do FAB crafty gift sets…
Jewellery doesn’t have to be expensive, made of precious metals or have diamonds and gems to be special. Thoughtful, meaningful gifting means giving a gift that evokes emotions and memories.
Soul analyse are a Brighton based independent business who specialises in beautiful, affirmation jewellery. Their I AM collection includes necklaces, rings, bangles and bracelets with a vast range of affirmations and quotes. A fantastic gift for anyone.
Not on the high street has tonnes of options for personalised jewellery from a huge variety of independent sellers.
Posh Totty Designs are another independent Brighton based jewellers who offer beautiful personalised pieces. They also are very focused on sustainability, hand stamping each piece, giving back to charity and using sustainable packaging. Each piece completely individual to you, Iv bought many gifts from them over the years and absolutely stand by the quality of their pieces.
Giving to give back
- A donation to charity in a loved ones name
Giving gifts because they are meaningful is what it’s all really about, wouldn’t you rather have a really meaningful, thoughtful gift than a lot of gifts which you won’t remember receiving next year?
Other things to remember when gifting…
– Support small businesses! When your buying from a small business you are putting food on a family’s table, paying for a child’s dance lesson and supporting the local community. A close friend of mine who owns a small business said that when she gets a order she does a little dance and if that doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will!
– Don’t overbuy, mass consumption is killing the planet. To put it plainly, QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! You can spoil someone and show you care without buying 100 presents.
– Regifting is OK! As long as the item is in perfect condition and you are sure that you aren’t giving it back to whoever gave it to you… because that would be AWKWARD and very rude.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tips in this little guide!
I’ll be updating it regularly so be sure to check back often.
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