This time of year everyone is shopping for the “perfect” gift. Not just the generic pair of socks or sweater, but a gift that the person will really enjoy and cherish: something special (that doesn’t break the bank). With the millions of people searching for just the “right” present, it can be difficult to find a gift that is meaningful and will touch the heart of the recipient. Tweet these tips!

Best Gifts for Mom

When it comes to your mom, you can’t go wrong with a sentimental present. Nothing is more meaningful than a gift from the heart. Mom will love handmade ornaments or a thoughtfully designed picture calendar (don’t forget to add special days, like her birthday, to the calendar). With mom, it’s not the size or cost of the gift that matters, it’s the amount of thought you put into it. A gift like a scrapbook filled with pictures of you and mom over the years can take a long time to create, but a gift mom will cherish forever is worth every minute of your time.

Best Gifts for Dad

Dad can be a little harder to shop for than mom because he needs more “logic” behind his gift. His gift has to accomplish some job or enhance his life to be memorable. Avoid buying dad another tie or another shirt for work. He can pick those items out himself and will enjoy them more when he picks just what he wants. Instead of getting a generic gift, put some thought into it. Consider dad’s hobbies: does he read a lot? Books or comics? Does dad enjoy a good project? Fixing things or building things? Does dad have a favorite TV show? Is he a coffee drinker? Grill master? Beer connoisseur? Sports collector? What does dad truly enjoy?  Once you have established something dad really enjoys you can base your gift on that theme. If dad enjoys history, reading, and sports, a book about the history of his favorite team may be the perfect gift. If dad enjoys grilling and technology, a programmable BBQ thermometer might be perfect.  Combine his hobbies to purchase a gift that will be truly memorable.

Best Gifts for Grandparents

Grandma and Grandpa always say they don’t want anything for Christmas. They don’t need anything and don’t want anything--at least that’s what they want you to think. The perfect gift for a grandparent can be a simple one. A gift that says ‘I’m thinking of you’ is always a great choice. Potted plants, fruit arrangements, and creative picture frames with family pictures are always a good go-to gift. For your grandparents it really is the thought that counts.

Best Gifts for Friends

Think quirky, smart, and, of course, funny. The gifts for friends are where you can let creativity shine. Based on their age gifts can range from a number of themes. Be sure to take their favorite shows or idiosyncrasies into account when shopping for the perfect gift. Whether it is a gag-gift or just a funny gift that is also useful, take some time to find a gift that will leave your friend “Ho Ho Ho-ing” with laughter. Use funny gift wrap to add to the humor!

Best Gifts for Co-workers

These gifts should maintain some level of professionalism if given in the office. Perhaps a desk calendar for the organized types, or some chocolates for those not on a diet. A nice card can always be just as thoughtful. Keep in mind that office gift giving should be discreet and take others into consideration. Be careful not to offend anyone and respect the differing views and beliefs of fellow employees.

No matter the gift - big or small - make sure it is thoughtful and from the heart. The recipient will love it. What are your tips for finding the perfect gift?

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