Birthday Gift Ideas

Sometimes, finding the perfect birthday present for someone can be about as easy as riding up Ayres Rock on a unicycle, but with a bit of imagination there are plenty of gifts that can make a birthday really special.

Obviously, factors such as age, gender, relationship to you, interests and so on need to be considered. It’s also worth checking with other people what they’re thinking of doing in order to co-ordinate gift ideas or surprises.

If it’s a significant age birthday, you can pick something on that theme – for example, eighteen roses for a young lady’s eighteenth, or a cake in the shape of the number. Vouchers are always a reliable fall-back, especially if you’re unsure about their taste in something, but let’s be more creative. Unless they’ve specified an actual present they would like, it’s up to you to think of something they haven’t already got, but would enjoy or find useful. This comes down to a choice between buying them an object, or buying them an experience.

If they have hobbies or interests, think about what they need for these; are there any relevant materials or useful items of equipment you could buy for these? If choosing an actual item is tricky, how about a book on the subject instead, or even enrolling them in a class or day’s workshop to try a new area of their existing hobby?

However, not everyone is into activities or has the time for hobbies, so then what? Lots of people simply like to sit and relax with a few beers. A year’s subscription to a magazine is a good choice, giving them something to browse through while enjoying a cold one, or how about a mini fridge to keep those brews cold? These will always come in useful for parties and even taking on holiday!

On the other hand, if they’re too busy to relax, maybe there’s a piece of gadgetry that would help make their lives a bit easier. For working people, especially those with children, it’s all rush, rush, rush, but luckily technology is moving even faster than we are. Budget is always going to be a factor in any present you consider buying, and some gadgets are expensive but with so much to choose from, there’s bound to be the ideal gift, whether it’s a new set of headphones to the latest in home- entertainment!

It’s worth bearing in mind the danger of personal taste. It’s all too easy to think about what we like or imagine what we think someone else likes. Practical, useful and fun presents are great, but there’s a small risk they might not be quite the right thing. This is even more pertinent when it comes to décor or clothes, so unless you’re buying for your twin, it’s probably safer to avoid these areas altogether. We’ve all received at least one present in our lives where we’ve done our most convincing smile/voice combination of delight whilst simultaneously trying to work out how long we can keep the present in the back of a cupboard before throwing it out. Just because you think their table needs a vase or Tiffany lamp, or that room would be enhanced by a lovely painting, does not mean they feel the same way.

Alternatively, give them a terrific day out. This is the perfect solution to the whole present dilemma and you don’t even need to buy wrapping paper! For the fit, active and plain crazy, there’s sky-diving, scuba diving or mountain biking trails. If that’s a bit too extreme, horse trekking or kayaking might be more appropriate, or one of the many incredible walking trails which every part of this amazing country has to offer. For something really leisurely, how about a river cruise or a day trip to see wildlife or visit a vineyard?

We can’t remember every single present we’ve ever been bought, but the memories of fantastic experiences last forever, so whether it’s a great day out or the experience of a lifetime, this could be the gift that keeps on giving!

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