Specialty boutiques, shopping malls and online retailers make it easy for every shopper to find anything they could ever want. Gift giving is simple because there is always something interesting or attractive available for any budget. The problem is that people should not just buy anything for a gift. If it is not meaningful or useful to the recipient it will end up wasted and thrown in a closet or a garbage can. Why spend money on a gift that no one wants?

There are many reasons to buy a gift. It could be as a thank you for something a friend has done, a reward to an employee that has excelled in their position or as a way to remind someone they are important. Birthdays, anniversaries and many other occasions allow people a great opportunity to show others how they feel about them. This is why only personalized gifts should ever be given. The time and effort to pick out the perfect gift will reveal the respect and admiration the giver has for the recipient.

Personalized items could either be an item the recipient has specifically desired or needed or it could be a useful and appealing item that is customized for them. When choosing personalized gifts try to think about what is unique about the person receiving the present.

What are their hobbies?

What is their profession?

Is the person drawn to current trends or do they have a classic style?

What are their immediate plans? What are their future plans?

Do they collect anything, have a favorite color or any other preference that defines them?

Knowing as much as possible about what they currently use, buy for themselves and have in their homes makes it easier to determine what personalized gifts they need or will enjoy. For example, a world traveler would enjoy monogrammed gifts like a tote bag or duffel bag that would be useful on their trips. A trendy teen may love a stylish monogrammed bracelet or pendant. How about a custom, designer beach towel for a sun worshiper or beach yoga participant?

It is possible to find personalized gifts for everyone by taking the time to learn more about them and then searching for items that relate directly to them. Adding a monogram, choosing the item in their favorite colors or selecting something that fulfills a need will make the gift even more meaningful. A little extra effort ensures that every surprise stays out of the attic and is enjoyed, appreciated and used.