When you want to show your partner how much you care, you’ll often decide that a gift will be the best way to express how you feel. It’s a wonderful experience to receive gifts from someone who has put a lot of thought into getting the right thing, and will bring happiness to you both. The key here is that point about getting the right thing – you could buy the most lavish gift for your other half, but if it’s not something they want or it’s not in their style, it’s going to be a bit of a flop. What do you need to consider before making a purchase, if you want to make sure you get it right?
Knowing your other half
One important aspect of getting the right gifts is how much you know about your partner. Presenting them with a fur wrap when they are an ethical vegetarian is obviously going to fall pretty flat – and rather than bringing you closer it could start a row. The pleasure in getting a gift from your partner is the demonstration of their insight into you, the fact that they have noticed all your likes and dislikes and have chosen the gift with your preferences in mind, rather than going for something generic.
To demonstrate your thoughtfulness, you need to know what will truly delight them about your gift. For example, jewelry is a perfect gift item, but what will make your choice special is the added insight that it shows, so if your partner loves horses, a horse head pendant shows them that you’ve thought about the purchase and what would make them truly happy. There are other considerations too, for example, a beautiful pair of earrings is an excellent choice for a gift, but only if your other half doesn’t have allergies to the metal used. If you want your gift to show that extra level of care, a plastic earring set will show that you’ve thought not just about the design that would appeal, but you’ve considered the fact that your partner has an allergy that affects what they can wear.
It’s not all about splashing the cash
A thoughtful gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. Say your partner has been complaining about how much their feet ache when they finish work. How happy will they be when you present them with a foot spa one evening? Even very small gestures can carry a lot of meaning. For example, stopping at the deli on the way home to buy her a wedge of her favorite cheese or picking up a copy of the latest book by his favorite author. These small gifts speak volumes about how much you care and that you are always thinking of them.
Thoughtfulness is one of the most important elements of giving gifts that mean more to the recipient than just the object itself. By taking the time to choose a gift that shows your thoughtfulness, the value will become far greater than the sum you paid for it.