My Dad is one of those people who always seems to know, spot on, what gift to give anyone, for any occasion. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, kids, in-laws - you name it...he's got it down. He even has perfected giving gifts to himself, and the importance of regularly doing that!
His gift giving skills have shown me over the years the impact a well thought out gift can have, on anyone! Two things I notice when he shops: 1) he asks for help and 2) he has a really good time.
Think about it. You wouldn't buy tires for your car, or paint your own house or redo your sprinkler system without consulting a professional. Gift giving should be the same. A gift shop owner (say, me for example : - )) will know what's trending, what is in your price range, and how to pair items together for a spectacular and memorable gift.
Before shopping, it helps to have a budget in mind to alleviate the stress when choosing gifts. Then find a shop that makes you feel comfortable and let your imagination go! Gifts are meant to be fun and special, so think outside the box a bit. Maybe work off a theme (an assortment of candles, or bracelets, or dogs, football, etc), or a particular color or even a scent. Add a fun card and some pretty wrapping and I guarantee before you know it, people will be blogging about your gift giving skills too.
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