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Tips for Terrific Birthday Gift Ideas in a Snap

You’re invited to a birthday party.  Your heart’s in the right place and you really want to give a gift that will be enjoyed and cherished.  But…you can’t seem to think of a thing that suits your taste or your budget.  What to do? Here are some tips to help you come up with great birthday gift ideas that are sure to please.  You’ll also save time shopping and you won’t blow your budget.

Birthday gifts, all wrapped up

How to come up with great birthday gift ideas

First off, don’t panic, and don’t give up on finding just the perfect gift. Birthday gift ideas abound on the internet, and by careful thought that’s directed in the right areas, you’re sure to come up with several great birthday gift ideas that will suit your tastes and your budget.

Often when people go shopping for a gift, they just go to the store and hope they find the perfect gift.  There’s a better plan I’d like to share with you to help you quickly and easily come up with several gift ideas for birthdays, no matter who’s having the birthday.

1. Before you shop, set some limits

It’s very easy to simply buy on impulse when you’re having trouble coming up with good birthday gift ideas.  You don’t want to blow your budget, so set your spending limit before you begin to shop.

2. Get to know the person who’s going to receive the birthday gift

It sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it?

Obviously, you already know the person or you would not be buying a gift.  What I mean is, begin to make a list of things you know about the person, that will give you topics to help you come up with good birthday gift ideas.

Things like their favorite activities…. sports, gardening, games, reading, collecting, whatever you can come up with that you know they’re very interested in doing.  This gives you a variety of topics from which to begin to choose your gift.

Next, think about situations that are current in their lives.

Have they recently taken a new job, moved into a new home, received a job promotion, anything that has brought change and newness to their life.  From this list, you may come up with a birthday gift idea that will ease the stress of new things in their life.

For example, if they’ve recently taken a job that requires a lot of travel, you might want to look for items that make those hotel rooms seem more like home. Things like a portable alarm clock with a place for pictures of kids, or that special someone who’s at home. Or, maybe personal care items that come in a travel kit.

3. Do some window shopping first

No, you’re still not ready to start buying, unless of course, your list brought to mind the perfect gift that’s within your spending limit.  If that’s not the case, choose five or six topics from your lists and begin to search the Internet for possible gifts.

Even if you plan to purchase the gift locally rather than online, this step saves you time and effort as you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for when you walk into the store. You’ll be amazed at what you will find.  There’s sure to be several things you hadn’t even considered.

Once the online research is complete you should have several good birthday gift ideas from which to choose.  As you search be sure to keep in mind everything you know about the person, that way you’ll be sure to stay right in line with gifts they’ll love.

4. Go buy the gift!

Don’t forget the card and the wrapping paper.

Trust me, this method works wonders for those hard to buy birthday gifts.  Once you’ve tried it a few times, you won’t ever go back to just walking around the store wondering what you’ll get.  Have fun and enjoy the giving!