Gift Giving Tips to Find the Perfect Present

The gift-giving season is here … and finding the perfect present can present a challenge. While gift cards are always a great option, they don’t exactly say, “I gave this gift a lot of thought.” Instead, start brainstorming ideas for your loved ones so you can show that it is the thought that counts. If you’re finding yourself stuck for ideas, here are gift giving tips to consider:

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Start listening closely

First of all, pay attention to what your friends and family talk about. People often give hints and don’t realize it. Maybe they mention that they lost their gloves. Or perhaps they remark that they forget to plan dinner. By paying attention to the things they talk about, you can get some insight on what would make their life easier or what they need replace.

Consider their personality

Another idea is to match gifts to the personalities and pastimes of your friends and family. If your sister is a fashionista, for example, a bold scarf or faux fur purse might be perfect. If she prefers to stay home in sweats, she’d probably love a book and assortment of teas.

Think about hobbies

Also, hobbies can be a great path to finding the right gift. Does your brother love to golf? Cook? Drink wine? Consider a new tool that can help them enjoy their hobby more, or find a home accent that celebrates their interest.

Give of yourself

Maybe you have a talent that can be turned into a gift, giving something you’ve made can be extra special. Maybe you can give homemade baked goods, a painting or a hand knitted scarf. As a result, every time they use it, they’ll be reminded of your generosity.

Make it special

Finally, consider items that most people don’t buy for themselves—something special or indulgent. Cindy Crawford takes Christmas seriously, and buys dozens of gifts each year. She says she keeps a list going back five years to make sure there are no duplicates.

“I start thinking about Christmas in September,”she told AOL. “I try to find gifts that I can give to ten people. If I try to buy something different for everyone on my list, I would go crazy.”

One of her recent favorites was a champagne ice bucket. “This one is for the person who has everything. We actually gave it to friends of ours as a wedding present. It’s just cool,” she says.


Spend time thinking of the perfect gift, and you’ll show how much you care. If you need more ideas, be sure to visit the Art Van Furniture Holiday Gift Guides, with unique and fun ideas for everyone on your list.

4 Hostess Gift Ideas

Flowers or wine are a nice thought, but imagine the look of delight when you bring your hostess a gift she can use throughout the holiday season! Art Van Furniture’s Wonderland Holiday Collection offers unique pieces that are sure to please. Here are four items that will make you the favorite guest at the next event:

A copper-plated stainless steel ice bucket will be a welcome and useful gift. Dress it up by placing a potted succulent inside. Your hostess can set it out for display, or use it immediately to enhance the gathering!

Celebrate your host with a holiday toast—and a pair of these wine glasses by kate spade new york. Pair with a nice bottle of wine or put a bow on the stem and present them alone.

A holiday accent is always a fun gift to receive, and these winter reindeer are dressed to impress. Gift your hostess one, two or all three, and watch the smile light up her face.

The farmhouse trend has made birdcages super chic, and this handcrafted holiday decoration would be a wonderful hostess gift. A perfect accent for a kitchen or entryway, the rustic touch is quaint and festive.