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4 Tips For Gift-Giving For Purpose and Thought

Karen Miller - Monday, November 03, 2014

No matter what the reason, or the season, there is truly an art to effective gift-giving. Rather than just wanting to get your shopping done as quickly as possible; don’t allow the holidays, or times of personal celebrations, to hastily dictate your gift selections. Choosing the right present for each person on your shopping list requires time and thought. What is more, watching the elated faces of those receiving your offerings in acknowledgment of “your incredible intuitiveness,” is truly worth your efforts.

Flowers make great gifts, but they soon die. Food is fulfilling, but two minutes on the lips is not always worth the extra pounds on one’s hips. Gift cards, popular, but impersonal, can be appropriate when giving a present to someone you don’t know well (a business associate or casual acquaintance); but, these types of picks are not necessarily always the best choices. There are other options to consider...like clothing, and of course jewelry. But many people, including suitors and/or husbands, are afraid to venture beyond the comfort zone of “safe gift choices.” Nonetheless, the following tips can help you to think “out-of-the-box” when contemplating filling the gift boxes of those special people on your list.

  1. Determine your gift list. Whether you are buying for relatives…close friends…or whomever—prioritize your gift list.
  2. Understand the “who” and the “why.” Once you understand “who” will receive your gift purchase and the “why” reason for the gift like: weddings, milestone birthdays or anniversaries, major holiday, graduation, employee gifts, retirement remembrances, or a “just because” token of your feelings, you are actually much closer than you think to buying that special present.
  3. Set Your Gift Giving Budget. Gifts don’t have to be costly to make someone happy. In these difficult economic times, make your gift and your dollars count.

Take your time and make thoughtful choices.  Reflect upon your relationship with each person on your gift list. Then, consider the personality (casual/laid back, outdoorsy, professional…) and the likes and dislikes of each one of them.

In terms of jewelry, for instance, does your family member or friend like necklaces, bracelets, and/or earrings? What stones (agates, garnets, topaz…), and what colors and/or styles do they prefer? Choosing gifts with the recipient in mind shows a sense of caring and thoughtfulness that is sure to be appreciated.

Get it right the first time around! Not only will you save time and money, but in the long run your special family/friends will not have to spend time in long lines to return unwanted gifts. The more specific information you gather, the more “spot-on” and terrific will be your gift choices. Gifts from the heart bring people closer together, and create magical moments filled with lasting memories.


Karen Miller, the owner of KSM Designs, has lived in Evergreen for 34 years. She creates one-of-a-kind sterling silver and/or mixed metal jewelry using stones such as agate, amethyst, jade, onyx, pearls, turquoise—and more. Whether your purchase is for yourself or for others (for anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, holidays, or other special occasions), her custom pieces are crafted with a heartfelt personal connection to you and/or to everyone on your specific gift list. Visit KSM Designs at (www.ksmjewelry.net or www.pinterest.com/ksmjewelry) to view some of her jewelry.