Even though the year just started, the holidays aren’t entirely over. In fact, one of our New Year’s resolutions is to become better at gift-giving. Have you ever given a gift that you knew wasn’t your best? You hope the recipient will love it anyway, but the look on their face clearly proves otherwise. It is no wonder that so many people dread the holiday gift, birthday present, and overly complicated Valentine’s Day gift. However, this year it is going to be different. Here are a few ways the McGee’s Stamp and Trophy team suggest you can make your gift the perfect fit.

How to Find the Perfect Present:

1. Look For Clues

Chances are if you haven’t heard your loved one mention an item they admire, then you aren’t listening. People are always talking about material objects or something they want in their life that they don’t currently have. If you have yet to hear about something, take them to a shopping center. While you are there, pay close attention to what they like. Even if they don’t say something specifically, you will get a better idea of what they want. 

If you don’t want to give them a material possession, listen for other clues. Maybe there is a trip they are dying to take or perhaps an upcoming concert. Creating a memory together is an excellent way of making a gift personal and appreciated. Practice the art of listening, and you will quickly realize that gift-giving is a lot easier than you realize.

2. ask friends

If you are still having a hard time finding the perfect gift, you can ask around. Ask their friends what they got for them or if they have heard them mention something recently. If this person is new in your life, this is a great way to get to know them better. You can even run your ideas by them. Their friends will let you know if you found the right present or if it is time for a re-do. Don’t think that asking for help from someone close to them is a sign of defeat— it is a natural part of the process that will significantly benefit your gift-giving abilities.

3. Find Something They Want but Wouldn’t buy for themselves

If your loved one is like most of us, there are a few items on their wish list that they want but would never purchase themselves. Sometimes they are bigger items that are a bit more expensive than they can afford. Other times it is also an item they know will help them accomplish daily tasks but never take the time to order it themselves. Whatever the case, these items are an excellent choice for their future gifts. Consider getting these items as part of your present or the entire thing.

4. make it personal

Even simple gifts can become something great with customization. People love feeling appreciated and recognized. By personalizing the present, you take an item from basic to extraordinary. One way you can do this is through engraving. You can engrave their name, a simple message, or something completely unique. This customization tactic will show your efforts and be extra appreciated by your loved one. 


Here are a few ways you can engrave a gift:

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Accomplishment
  • Year
  • Short Message

Along with what you can engrave, here are a few gifts you can personalize:

  • Clothing
  • Mugs
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Plaques
  • Jewelry
  • Holiday Ornaments
  • Tumblers
  • Trophies
  • Awards
  • Name Plate
  • Purses
  • Bags
  • And more

What Not to Do When Finding the Perfect Gift

The perfect gift will never be generic. You should find ways of making your present unique to the recipient. Sure, your dad will appreciate a tie or a pair of socks, but is it the best you can do? Fortunately, customizing your gift will make it special. Customize any present and watch your loved one light up with appreciation. In the end, people just want to feel like you put in some effort. Personalize is the best recipe for your gift-giving success.

Contact the McGee’s Stamp and Trophy team or visit one of our locations to learn more about our personalization abilities. We would love to help you make your gift stand-out. Get in touch today to learn more!