I often get asked "What do you have that I can give as a present" for weddings or christenings or most recently "Do you have any keepsakes to give as a university leaving gift?"
It's nice to be asked to help guide customers and to help them choose a present but I always start with the same question - and that's not how much do you want to spend?!
I often ask, "what do you want to say, how do you want them to feel when they receive it?" Unless we are completely shallow and just buying a gift because we feel we should, it's only when asking these questions you really do realise that you do want to say something with your chosen gift.
You might want to say 'cherish the memories of today' and so a Keepsake Box is perfect. You might want to say 'I know you'll want to remember everyone at your party' and so a Signature Gift would be ideal. But quite often, we just want to say 'I'm thinking of you' or 'You're really special to me'
The point is, behind every gift is a sentiment, whether you are aware of it or not. And more than that, in 99.9% of cases we simply just want the recipient to know we care, we love them and we are there for them.
The giving of a gift can say so much. It will tell them you care, you're there and thinking of them and isn't that just the greatest gift of all.
So it doesn't really matter what you give, certainly not the price tag, do if you're undecided don't just not get them something, do give that gift, or card. You won't regret it and they won't forget it.
And don't forget either that a text, a phone call or a visit are all hugely powerful in letting someone know you are thinking of them and sometimes, can have such a tremendous impact and mean more to someone that you will ever understand.
If you give a damn, sometimes that's all the giving you need but show them, tell them because that's the biggest gift you can give someone.