Dec 242014
birthday gifts

A birthday is a great time to celebrate how special a person is to you. You want to show them how much you care, but it can be challenging to find just the right gift without blowing your budget. If you’re searching for a birthday gift they’ll remember, follow these easy steps.

Consider Their Interests

Before you start shopping, it’s important to consider your recipient’s needs and interests. You love buying your granddaughter fancy new dresses, but she would rather have new softball supplies for her upcoming season.  This step can be a little tricky if you’re purchasing for someone you don’t know very well or don’t see that often. However, you can find some clues about what they like with a little work. Check out your son in-law’s Facebook page to see what he’s interested in, or ask your brother what your teenage niece has on her birthday list this year.

Think Outside the Box

There are many different items that are marketed as great gifts, but you don’t want to limit yourself to these items. Instead of buying your nephew another car set to add to his immense collection, make an arts and crafts kit to increase his creativity and spur his imagination.  Clothing items and accessories can also be memorable gifts. Shop at to find the perfect new shoes for your friend who loves to run, or pick up a sports shirt for the baseball fan in your life.

Give Experiences

If you want to really make an impact, consider giving an experience and not just a gift. Your grandson already has more toys than he can play with, but he would love spending a day with you at the playground and going to get ice cream.  Giving an experience is an especially good choice if you’re working with a limited budget, although it works best for close friends or family members. Whether you choose to give a night of free babysitting, a home-cooked meal, a special day out with your favorite child or another experience, it’s a special gift that is sure to be long remembered by your recipient.

Choosing the right birthday gift doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Instead, it should be tailored to meet the needs of your recipient. With a little thought and creativity, you can give the perfect gift while still keeping your budget intact.

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