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Do you dread shopping for Aunt Myrtle, whose tiny house is crammed full of clutter?
Or how about your brother-in-law, who seems to be doing his best to give genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark a run for his money in the gadget department?
If you are stuck on what to get those hard-to-buy-for people on your list, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson has two suggestions for you. Watch the video below and then keep reading for more details.
Give the gift of fun
We’re so busy being busy, we sometimes forget to squeeze in a little leisure time. This Christmas, help the people you love fit in some fun by giving them an amazing adventure.
If you have deep pockets, consider giving one of the following experience gifts:
- Day at the spa.
- Race car driving lesson.
- Hot air balloon ride.
- Swimming with dolphins.
- Scuba diving.
- Sky diving.
- Bungee jumping.
- Helicopter tour.
You get the idea.
Yeah, right, you say, like that’s in the budget.
OK, for a slightly more subdued but still fun outing, try one of these ideas:
- Picnic lunch in a local park.
- Outing to a game of the local minor league team.
- Day at a local museum or art exhibit.
- Horse-drawn carriage ride.
- Evening at a local theater performance.
- Trip to the zoo or botanical garden.
Give the gift of time
But maybe your hard-to-shop-for friend doesn’t have time to have any fun. Well, then it is time to give them, yes, the gift of time.
Unless your name happens to be Doctor Who and you have a Tardis parked out back, you probably can’t actually add any minutes to their day. However, you can certainly offer to do a time-consuming task that will free up some calendar space for your gift recipient to do something a little more fun.
Ideas for potential gifts of time include:
- Cleaning out the garage.
- Detailing the car.
- Running errands.
- Making dinner.
- Shoveling the walkway.
- Going grocery shopping.
Even more awesome would be to combine a particular skill you have with a gift. If you are a landscape architect, offer to weed and prune in the spring. If you are a mechanic, offer to change the oil. Then, your recipient can feel comfortable accepting your offer with the knowledge that you know what you’re doing and aren’t going to, say, confuse their ornamental grasses for weeds.
It’s all in the presentation
The danger in these types of gifts is that you risk it looking like an afterthought. The wrong presentation can make it appear you were too busy or didn’t care enough to get them a “real” gift.
Tap into your creativity to make your present look like the thoughtful gift it is. If you plan to do landscape work, attach a card or certificate to a couple of packets of seeds using some ribbon. Use high-quality card stock and either write with your beautiful handwriting or use a printed message you create on the computer.
Or if you are going to take your BFF to the park for a wine and cheese picnic, attach a similar card to some cheese – and no, not Kraft Singles unless your friend loves a gag. Detailing a vehicle as a gift? Use a matchbox car for your presentation. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it shouldn’t look haphazardly thrown together either.
When you are buying for the person who has it all, the last thing you want to give them is more stuff. Instead, give them what they really need: more fun or more time. Either way, you really can’t lose.
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