Being able to find the right present is a gift upon itself. And if you’re like us, you aren't one of the lucky ones to be bestowed this great honor.
It's been tough for everyone, gift-giver and gift-receiver alike: No, Dad doesn’t always want a tie. Why would he want a tie? Stop suffocating him already. And, no, your girlfriend doesn’t want a gym membership. Sure, she talks about wanting to go to Spin more often, but just…..don’t, okay?
But after years of seeing the “oh, I, uh, love it” face, we’ve gathered plenty of tricks of the gift trade to make sure the “OMG I LOVE IT” face is front and center. Here are a few to get you the right reaction this holiday season.
You’re welcome. No need to send us a Thank You card.
Don't just ask everyone what they want; that's too obvious and actually puts pressure back on them. When you're together, just pay attention to what they're talking about. Maybe they'll bring up a store they like, or a restaurant they love. When they open their gift and realize you noticed, you'll get extra brownie points. And maybe some actual brownies.
Get Help From the Pros
If you know where they go to find the things they love, simply check it out for yourself and ask for help. Our Bonobos Guides and Ninjas love playing Santa. If you know your gift recipient has ordered from us before, we can look up their sizing and whip up some picks for you on the spot. When everything fits perfectly, they'll think you're a gifting soothsayer. We won't tell.
Invest in a Good Presentation
Okay, maybe you're still a little worried about what you picked out for them. Don't freak out just yet, there's still hope. It's all about the experience in receiving the gift. Invest in some quality wrapping paper and gift bags. Newspaper is not "quirky," it says to them, "this person probably hates me, why would he do this." And don't just invest in good quality—pick out fun, convo-starting designs specific to them. Personalize it with a drawing or a hand-made card. You can't underestimate the sheer joy of unwrapping a present. If it takes them 5 minutes to tear it all up, while overwhelming them with creativity, just maybe they'll fall in love with their new swag.
And One Tip for When You Get Your Gift...
Practice your poker face. Sure, we just taught you how to gift like a superhero, but not everyone you know is going to read our advice. If you open that box and it's another coupon for 1 Free High Five, don't hurt their feelings. Throw out the world's biggest smile, then give them a hug so they can't see your tears. Remember, you know how it feels. Gift it forward.