Gift with confidence by staying abreast of the latest gift trends and gifting etiquette with the help of your personal gift shopper LeahG
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Finding the perfect gift can be like finding gold dust in a desert, which is why my aim is to offer you a ‘Personal Shopper’ gift search experience. You are not alone in wanting to prevent your gift being returned, traded, hidden in the attic or worse put in the trash. You want your gift recipient to genuinely enjoy the gift and appreciate the thought, time and expense that went into it. My aim is to help ensure just that!
I have thought ahead and anticipated your gifting needs
- I trawl the web for unique, niche, personal, value for money, quality gift ideas from trusted merchant sites.
- I keep an eye on gift trends, pop culture and latest gift discounts and money-off coupons.
- The site is filled with gifting etiquette articles for different occasions.
- I welcome personal requests re finding that perfect gift. CONTACT ME – I am your personal shopper afterall!
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Gift Buying Tips and Etiquette
I am asked a number of questions every day regarding what gift to buy for whom. I generally create a new page or post to answer that query with some gift buying etiquette advice and lots of gift ideas from various merchants including Amazon and Zazzle to name a few. You will see those questions and answers listed in the BLOG feed (left column). I find that providing real examples is the best way to ensure you have a wide view of what the options are.
If you do not see the help you need listed in the columns to the left, fill out the comment form below with your gift giving query and I will answer it as comprehensively as I am able.
What do I need to know about the gift recipient when choosing gifts?
The main consideration when buying gifts is to know your audience. You need to know who you are buying for. This includes knowing the gift recipients age (not always necessary) their interests and in many cases their status and relationship to you and of course the gift should suit the occasion.
The gift recipients relationship to you is all important. You would not for example buy the same gift for your boss as you would your spouse. There are gifts that could be considered inappropriate for some and yet the same gift is highly desirable by others. This is why gift etiquette is important, you need to get it right.
A gift for a boss or a co-worker (assuming they are not family or close friends) would have an impersonal feel to it, perhaps a corporate edge. It would be formal and not too ‘touchy feely’. You would not for example buy perfume and red roses for your female boss or a co-worker. They would get the wrong impression or the right impression if you are trying to tell them you love them.
You may not know very much about your gift recipients interests and tastes in which case you can play it safe with a themed gift basket. You really can’t go wrong with these. There are so many to suit every occasion and taste, they take the hard work out of buying gifts. And of course they look super. They are a classy gift and say the same about the sender.
The advice in the side column covers the main gifting niches. Check them out and if you still need help ask me.
Unique gift ideas
An inexpensive Valentines Day Gift Basket to show you care with out breaking your budget. You are sure to touch the heart of your recipient with this affordable yet classy Valentines Day Gift Basket. Your Valentine wishes will arrive in a cute heart shaped box.
These Snacks & Treats are Popping! Truly one of America’s favorite snacks stuffed into this box! Loaded with goodies for everyone in the family! It’s the real thing! Available in various sizes.
Create keepsakes with personalized Christmas ornaments! The perfect addition to a gift box. Add extra sparkle to the Christmas tree with our intricately beveled glass Heart Ornament. Perfect for your loved one, it can be personalized with up to three lines of text.
Select from 8 Irish blessings and add name, event and date. Includes a stand for display. Proclaim your faith and ethnicity with our beautiful personalized Classic Irish Cross. Decorated with the green hues of the Emerald Isle and graced with tiny shamrock.
Welcome the new arrival with a generous gift basket full of functional and keepsake items. New parents will share the ancient tradition of planting a tree when baby is born to ensure long life, prosperity, and an eternal bond with nature.
These delicious Oreo Cookies are wrapped in an assortment of decadent delicious fine gourmet Belgian Chocolates including Dark, Milk or White and are decorated with hand-crafted Royal Icing Sports Decorations with White Pariels and or Green Decorettes!
They may be away but you can still care for them. Send your special loved one a thoughtful ‘Away From Home 101 Care Pack’ which includes all the basic treats and gives them some much needed essentials.
Your Questions Answered:
If you are buying a gift for a colleague who is also a friend and someone you can have a laugh with then a gift with humor perhaps specific to the job can be a great idea. But you really do have to know your audience so as not to cause offence! Read more …
The man or woman retiring may be having conflicting emotions about retirement so if you’re buying them a retirement gift make it sympathetic to how they feel and something that will lift them up and lighten the mood. Below are some ideas for suitable gifts. There are also some funny retirement gifts with a ‘getting older’ theme. Give these to those you know can take it! Read more …
Grandparents generally don’t want for much in the way of material items as they have accumulated pretty much all they want and need by that stage of their life. What they do enjoy however are handmade gifts, personalized gifts, gifts that evoke special memories. They particularly like photographic gifts featuring the family members. If they have a much loved pet, any gift themed around that pet breed is generally very welcome. Read more …
Buying gifts for a teenage girl isn’t hard as you may think, especially in today’s world where clothes and gadgets are all important. I wouldn’t advise buying clothes for a teenage girl as they’re notoriously particular and fickle when it comes what they do and do not like at that point in time. A clothing gift voucher however to a store you know they visit would be very welcome by any teenage girl. Read more …
All pet owners love any gift with a picture or photo on it that looks like their beloved pet and Dog Owners are no different. Zazzle has thousands of specified dog breed gifts and accessories not just for the owner but the dog itself! Do a search for the dog breed and browse the wonderful gift variety on display. Read more …
I myself have designed a unique range of personalized gifts for friends, BFFs, best friends forever (However you say it). Page down to view those. In the meantime, featured here are some trendy gift ideas for friends, such as friendship bracelets Read more …
Age related gifts are a great idea as they mark the occasion which in many cases is a mile-stone worth remembering. Read more …
Two great trends are combined here to create the ultimate trendy gift for Xmas 2014, yr 2015. Wordclouds (tagclouds) are ultra trendy and chalkboard themed art is super trendy too. These cards and cushions are unique to my store and designed to be easily customizable online. Read more …
It’s tough to find the perfect gift for a geeky guy, as you know. Geeks are very cutting edge; they read and research all of the new gadgets well before their release dates, and geeky guys might even camp out for a day or two, in order to be the first to buy the latest gizmo. Read more …
Every year of marriage is something to celebrate, however traditionally we have anniversary milestones. These milestones are represented by various elements which I have set out for you below. I have also sourced a range of wedding anniversary gifts, cards, party invitations and so on to fit those milestones perfectly. Read more…
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