1. Give problem-solvers.
Happiness comes from removing negatives, so find a problem in your recipient’s life and solve it with your generosity.
Example: Kim hates dealing with technical issues for her dinner party blog, Feed My Friends. I could find an expert nerd online and prepay a certain number of hours of support.
2. Don't give them new problems to deal with.
Don't gift experiences without a date attached, leaving the giftee to have to schedule, call, and book it. Schedule it for them. They can change it if they have to.
Example: I could sneak a peek at Kim's calendar and reserve us two seats at Reverie Social Table, a group dining experience here in Cape Town on a day she's free.
3. Give gifts that keep on giving.
This could be something the giftee can use every day or that captures a memory so they can relive it. This way, the thought actually counts and keeps on counting.
Example: Kim has a coffee/tea cup by her side even more than her phone. So I could research the very best mug, get her that, and take it up another level by engraving something like "Keep it steamy. 27/12/13 - ∞" on it to commemorate the date we met.
- Put the "present" in presentation.
- Never settle for anything but best-in-class.
- Give practical plants, not flashy flowers.
- When they have "everything they need," give yourself.
See the full post for more tips, examples, and advice on how to be a better giftee.
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