1. Think about your gift recipient: The best way to narrow down your gift ideas...think like the person you are giving to! What do they like? What do they do in their free time? Are they a sports fan? Who is their favorite team? Music or history buff? Do they have a favorite city where they’ve vacationed, grew up, attended school or met their love? Ask yourself a few questions and it'll lead you to the right place!

2. Give a meaningful gift: Think of something the other person holds in high regard, or has a special memory or significance attached to it. Sports and music are two almost universally loved subjects. When you choose a gift based on what they love, it is meaningful and personal to them. They feel known and valued by you and your gift.

3. Make the recipient feel special: Your gift should make your recipient feel loved. When you give a gift that sparks fond memories for your recipient, you are giving them ongoing love and joy and love. Every day the gift is a reminder of your love and the joy of those special times or things they hold dear. A heartfelt handwritten card with your gift makes it even more special. (Need help writing one? Click here.)

4. Give a gift that keeps on giving: Many companies have philanthropic connections to local charities. Giving a gift that gives back to the community is a great way to show how you (and the receiver) value making a difference. It’s a double win when your recipient loves the gift and you “do good” by purchasing it.

5. Tie it up with a bow: A beautifully wrapped gift heightens the anticipation and excitement for the recipient. Even a simple but stylish gift bag with colored tissue paper makes a striking presentation and shows the extra thought you’ put into their gift.

Whether for birthdays, holidays or “just because,” gift giving is a wonderful way to spread joy to those we care about. A gift never has to be extravagant to be loved and cherished. Thoughtful, meaningful gifts with a heartfelt message best capture the heart.

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