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Your Limits

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Gifts are nice but it is important to know your budget. Consider starting with a maximum range you are comfortable with. This will vary from person to person.

Start Data Mining

list GIFMake a list of what you know about the person:

  • Things they mentioned needing

  • Thinks they have clearly said they wanted! (that's the dream)

  • What are their passions, hobbies, interests?

  • Any basic info, favourite colour, animal, vacation spots.

  • Considering checking out their online presence, insta, Facebook, TikTok, Linkedin, etc. for ideas.

  • Some people have a public amazon wish list or Pinterest that could solve all your problems!

Think Laterally

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Pick an item from the list you made then brainstorm a couple of ideas! Rinse and Repeat!

Mom likes birds - gift Ideas:

  • Take them on a hike

  • Take a bird identification class

  • Book about birds

  • Tickets to an aviary

  • Binoculars

  • Pillow with a bird on it

Lee likes candy - gift Ideas:

  • A gift basket full of candy from another country

  • Cotton candy machine

  • Candy making kit

  • Giant version of their favourite candy

  • Candy box subscription

If none of these ideas feel right, pick a new topic and try again!

Narrow It Down

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Awesome! Now you should have at least a few ideas, think about the person's values:

  • Do they care about the environment?

  • Are they vegan?

  • Do they care how much you spent?

  • Do they have allergies?

  • Are they practical?

  • Do they like shiny things?

  • Any other things they care a lot about when being given gifts?

Decision Time

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Take Action

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Kassie Dwarika

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