The best gifts are the ones that come in the form of a surprise. Sometimes you receive a gift that is more practical than you expected it to be, and those are often the ones that are the most special to us because we use them on a regular basis.
If you want to make gift giving easier this upcoming holiday season or for any suitable occasion, we have put together some unique gift ideas that are surprisingly practical and will bring a smile to the recipient’s face.
1. Make life on the road easier for them.
Everyone who owns a car or truck understands all the repairs and maintenance that go into it. Whether you have a Jeep, BMW, or SUV, there are things that need to be done routinely, such as changing the accessories, tires, 4×4 wheels, oil, and fluids.
Whether you have a road vehicle or something that isn’t four-wheel drive, it’s important to have several parts of the car checked routinely, or at least once within the last year. If you live in a part of the country with snow and ice, it’s important to ensure your wheels have traction and are ready for inclement weather.
One of the most appreciated gift-giving gestures would be to offer to pay for one or more of these services for the recipient. Many of these routine repairs and maintenance services can be done at an affordable price and would be considered a perfect gift for any occasion.
2. Buy them tickets for an unforgettable experience.
One of the best gifts to give someone is in the form of an experience. Whether it’s tickets to a concert or a museum, the recipient will love making lasting memories. Most gifts are a material item or in the form of money, but gifting someone an experience is one of the most practical gifts you can give.
If you aren’t sure where to start, try searching online for things to do in your area. You will surely find something your recipient will enjoy and appreciate.
3. You can’t go wrong with sentimental.
If you’ve ever received a handmade gift before, you know there’s something about them that trumps all other types of gifts. The most appreciated gifts are often ones that imply the gift giver took time and thought when it came to putting it together for the recipient.
Whether it’s a card with some type of photo collage, you can’t go wrong with crafting together something special for someone. They will appreciate the gesture much more than they would something store-bought that has less sentimental value.
4. Do they have a membership to anything?
If the person you want to get a gift for has a membership to any type of facility or service, try to see if you can find a way to take over their membership cost for a certain period of time. For example, if they have the AAA roadside car insurance, offer to pay for a year’s worth of services. If they have a gym membership, see if you can take over the payments for a few months.
These types of gift-giving gestures are unique, but very much appreciated because while we love going to the gym and having roadside car insurance, we don’t exactly love how much it costs.
5. Treat them to a spa day.
Who doesn’t love to get a massage and facial? We don’t treat ourselves enough to things like massages and facials because it’s often a little pricey and we feel guilty for spending the money on ourselves. Try to find out what their favorite spa treatments are and give them as a gift. They will have an unforgettable experience at the spa and be extra appreciative of such a practical and caring gift.
6. Give them something they wouldn’t give themselves.
There are always those things that we want to buy ourselves but never do because we feel guilty about it. Whether it’s fresh flowers from the farmer’s market or the fancy chocolate at the grocery store, we have a hard time granting ourselves permission for such indulgences.
Find out what types of indulgences your gift recipient isn’t giving themselves and give them to them. They will thank you endlessly.