What do you think is more fun: giving gifts or receiving gifts? Most of us love getting gifts. Most of us love giving gifts too. But picking out the right gifts can make giving a little bit stressful. Don’t let worry take away the fun of gift giving. Some simple tips can help. Start by reminding yourself that the old saying “it’s the thought that matters” is true. Then pay attention to the hints your friends and loved ones are dropping.
Listen for hidden truths. If someone says something that has an element of truth to it, take it as a hint of something they want or need. Example: “I really need to read more.” A good book could be just the thing.
Pay attention when shopping. Shopping with someone is one of the easiest ways to pick up on hints. Most of us will linger over objects that catch our eye. Pay attention to the comments your friends or loved ones make as they shop and what items distract them.
Remember stories. The best hints are often hidden in anecdotes and stories. These are hints of gifts or things that would be very meaningful and memorable because there is a strong attachment to the memory. Pay attention to stories of childhood or favorite stories your loved ones retell and look for things they continually focus on. Example: A loved one may continually mention the locket her grandmother wore, hinting that she would appreciate such a treasure.
Picking up on the hints your loved ones leave is really all about paying attention to what they say and mean. A lot of the time, we give hints about things we would like to have without even intending to do it. You’ll find it that much easier to find the perfect gift when you pick up on those hints.