It is customary to give people presents to mark different sorts of special occasions or to express thanks, best wishes or good luck. Promotional gifts, corporate gifts and other sorts of business gifts are used to promote a business, as part of a marketing campaign or to make and keep business contacts.
Gifts for special occasionsfall into different categories such as: birthday gifts; wedding gifts; anniversary gifts; holiday gifts for Christmas, Hanukah, Independence Day and other important holidays. It is a nice idea to tailor the gift to the occasion as well as to the person.
It is said that is better to give than to receive and giving someone a present shows that you have thought about them. As well as giving presents on specific occasions, people may also give presents to people when they leave their job, move house, sit exams, to thank someone, to congratulate someone or tell them that they care. People always appreciate the thought that went into buying them a special gift. Giving someone a gift to celebrate a new job, or passing their driving test, or wish them luck in their exams, or to thank them for feeding the cat while you are on holiday is a kind thought.
There are a wide variety of different types of gifts available - you don't have to give someone something tangible. Activity gifts or gift experiences such as a gift voucher for a hot-air balloon ride are becoming increasingly popular. There are many unusual and interesting alternatives to flowers or chocolates: buy someone a domain name, or a personalized number plate, or take them out for a picnic in the grounds of a castle or some natural beauty spot. Sometimes giving someone your time and attention can be more important as an actual physical gift. If you don't have much money, why not offer to do someone's chores for them as a gift?
Presentation can be important and make the gift a bit more special. Gift wrap is available in different designs for Christmas, birthdays, weddings or other occasions. Wrapping a present and decorating it with a ribbon is customary and for small children, trying to guess what the present is before they unwrap it is part of the fun.
If you are struggling for ideas for a gift for someone, you can always buy them a gift certificate or gift voucher. These are redeemable at gift stores and online gift shops and can be a good way of giving someone a great present when you are not sure what they would like. Some online gift portals sell gift certificates that can be redeemed against any of the stores that are part of the scheme which gives the recipient an even wider range of items to choose from.