Every year, the holidays present you with the opportunity to blow everyone’s mind with your monstrously creative gift-giving skills. What? You don’t have monstrously creative gift giving skills? Phooey! Nonsense! Dare we say, POPPYCOCK! Seriously, it’s not that hard—especially when you’ve got an arsenal of creative gifts to pick from. All you need is a few tried-and-true techniques to help focus your magic and you will morph into the Grand Poobah of gift giving.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
We all know how easy it is to bestow a gifts we think people should have versus giving a gift they actually want—or at the very least would be seriously entertained by. The first trick to creative gift giving is to understand your audience in a way that surprises even them. Lucky for you, this isn’t hard. People give away clues to what revs their engine all the time.
Observe likes and dislikes
Most of us are ridiculously opinionated about basically everything if we talk long enough. Home in on the things that light your target giftee up—whiskey, camping, music, grilling?—and go for a gift that lends itself those passions.
Ask clarifying questions
If you don’t have a clue what your giftee is talking about when he or she goes on and on and onnnnn about the finer points of what it REALLY means to be a beer connoisseur, ASK.
Sometimes those passions can get pretty confusing if you’re not part of a particular subculture or up on your history. For instance, back in the 1800s, growlers were the way for folks to transport their favorite beer from their local pub back home and there are articles all across the web about why beer geeks should have one. If you don’t get it, ask. Also prepare yourself to be lulled into oblivion if you’re not personally invested.
MAKE THEM LAUGH
Memory is tied to emotion, so you might as well do your part in making the initial experience and subsequent memory of your gift a chuckle fest. What’s more, pleasant emotions are typically remembered with way more ease than other emotions, so if part of your gift-giving Jedi goal is to make it memorable, you’ve hit pay dirt.
Health benefits of laughter
If you dig the idea of serving some health benefits with your creative gift-giving prowess, check these out:
- Instant ab workout
You just gifted a complimentary ab toning sesh with your gift, you sly, thoughtful dog, you. Seriously though. Laughter makes stomach muscles expand and contract the exact same way they would during an intentional workout. WIN WIN.
- Lowers blood pressure
Look, nobody wants to sign up for a stroke or heart attack. Your hoot of a gift reduces the risk of both. Standing O.
- Reduces stress levels
The reduction of stress levels can result in better immune system performance.
So basically, you’re now an M.D. of gifts.
Funny gift ideas
- Got someone in your life who loves zombies? You’re welcome. No problem. We told you.
- What’s better than “accidentally” beaning the boss in the neck with an impact practice golf ball? WE SUBMIT TO YOU, NOTHING.
- “I’m takin’ it back to the old school
Cause I’m an old fool who’s so cool
If you wanna get down, Imma show you the way
Whoomp, there it is! Lemme hear ya say…”
PRACTICAL IS POWERFUL
Never underestimate the power of practicality in the gift-giving arena. Ten points to you if you can make it something wanted, funny and practical to boot. If your giftee has been talking nonstop about becoming a world-renowned Italian chef, but also has a knack for burning water, a little leg up in the pasta department might be just what Luigi ordered.
Or maybe you know a guy who can’t stop talking about how much fun he had in Vegas (regardless of the fact that he lost all his money) and wants to get better at poker before he goes back. If these gifts aren’t testosterone-approved practical, we don’t know what is.
Observing passions, infusing humor and offering a gift that is dad-level practical will completely alleviate any fear you may have about giving creative, thoughtful, AWESOME AS SHARK WEEK holiday gifts. Here at Man Crates, we specialize in all of the above so you don’t have to. But since now you know our secrets, GO WILD. You’ve got this and we’ve got your back. Party on, Wayne.