Sometimes, events or occasions crop up that weren’t scheduled or budgeted for – it happens to everyone. That being said, no one wants to think that they’d been forgotten about or overlooked, and as the giver, the gift needs to appear effortlessly impressive with a lot of thought behind it.
So, don’t panic! Tons of gift ideas can be achieved on a budget, and the more impressive, the better, right?
Here are 6 great starting points in getting those tricky situations taken care of without breaking the bank.
That’s right; this has been featured before in Gift Ideas That Any Guy Would Love, but it’s just too obvious not to include it in this post too.
Get creative in the thought process. Is something funny right now at this moment in time that the recipient would latch straight on to? Perhaps there’s a hugely popular and successful comedy show that is currently all the rage – think along the lines of Friends and their vast array of merchandise available.
TikTok is a great place to start for ideas. Hundreds of thousands of users with a whole host of video snapshots surrounding the weird and wonderful in today’s world. Sometimes, all it takes is one idea, one trend, and it can start some awe-inspiring gift goals forming. If TikTok isn’t your thing, Pinterest will most definitely have something that can get those creative juices flowing.
Alcohol for the Win!
Seriously, when it comes to impressive gift ideas, the typical alcohol drinker will always be more than grateful for a tipple or two ‘on the house’. Better still, if it’s something that they actually enjoy. Listen, don’t go buying wine for a strict spirit drinker, and certainly don’t buy it if they’re tee-total! That’s not thoughtful when so much more can be done for them.
When it comes to an alcohol gift, even connoisseurs can be catered for regardless of your budget. Exceptional bourbon doesn’t need to cost you hundreds of dollars; there can be some excellent choices with fantastic price tags just waiting to be snapped up.
Getting Crafty With Homemade Creations
Putting real effort and thought into someone’s gift speaks volumes about the gifter’s character and how much the recipient is valued as a friend/brother, etc. Add to this a bit of time, and you’ve got an impressive gift that will be cherished and truly appreciated for what it is.
Time and effort are priceless and guaranteed to outshine run-of-the-mill gifts like last-minute gas station flowers or generic boxes of chocolates that would normally be popped into the same shopping basket as toilet roll and milk.
Homemade gift baskets can always impress, thanks to their overall appearance as a gift in itself. The contents can be a little bit of this, a touch of that, all while bearing in mind the recipient’s tastes and pleasures. Soon enough, those little pieces will start to make sense as a whole package, resulting in a jam-packed great gift full of everything they could want or need for less than the cost of taking them out for a meal.
If you’re not the most creative or craft-minded, then a quick google will always come to the rescue when looking for Inexpensive Homemade Gifts.
Novel, yet Thoughtful
Ahh, the novelty gift. Nothing quite says how valued the recipient is like a gift based on a private joke or an experience that brings great memories. A walk down memory lane could prove fruitful in the quest for perfection when it comes to impressive gifting.
Perhaps a boy’s holiday was once had, many moons ago, and the recipient of your gift once broke his teeth trying to open a bottle of beer in his hotel room (purely an example, of course), then a bottle opening gadget could really bring a smile to their face. Not only that, it is very likely that this gift will be the only one of its kind at this event or occasion, and it will most definitely be a conversation starter!
Sometimes the obvious is invisible. Really, think about it.
If a chef, for example, doesn’t cook outside of their working hours or they’re looking for a career change, then a pot set or a knife block is probably not the gift for them. Just because they work in a particular industry doesn’t mean they love it. How many people can say that this is the case?
That being said, it may be the case that this particular chef enjoys a bit of gardening. They may not have ever explicitly said that they’re a keen gardener, but it just so happens they can always be found at the end of their lawn weeding or tinkering around. There are many practical gardening tools for that person out there without it being overly obvious that you didn’t have a clue or that you were on a budget.
If there’s something the recipient always seems to be doing without ever having declared it a hobby, it’s likely worth picking up on and basing gift ideas around just that!
Cakes, bakes, sweets, and treats. It’s all relative. As the famous phrase goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Extend that phrase by really impressing the recipient and making it at home rather than buying it.
A tray of homemade brownies stuffed with their favorite fruit is something that will really bring a wow to the table, especially if baking isn’t really something that, as a gifter, would typically be done.
Going outside of a comfort zone to make someone else happy is a gift in itself, so get the apron, find a recipe, and why not go all in?
These are just some ideas to get the creativity going for impressive gift ideas, regardless of where your budget is or how much time there was to plan the gift. Whatever the final decision, remember to always think about what they would appreciate rather than just finding something suitable in general.