I’ve been lucky enough to find someone who receives and reciprocates every ounce of my affection. With minimal arguing and a lot of laughter, I believe I’m in the crème de la crème of relationships; a coupling in which happiness outweighs any form of negativity. What luck! After all, achieving this kind of romanticism is often a difficult journey. However dating someone so down to earth certainly has its disadvantages. My boyfriend, and I’m sure many boyfriends, doesn’t long for many material possessions, making gift giving a nearly impossible task. So while yes, I’ve been lucky to enough to find someone really special, finding a good gift for my special somebody is an entirely different story.
If you find yourself practically in tears around gift giving occasions then you’re probably dating the same kind of person I am. While his needlessness for possessions certainly is admirable, it doesn’t help me when I’m trying to put together a memorable birthday. There is only so much Stars Wars or Game of Thrones memorabilia I can toss at him before my gifts border on uselessness. In my desperation, I often seek advice an ideas through different outlets, attempting to frantically come up with something that will truly wow him.
Lately, I’m starting to understand that the “thought that counts” can mean so much more with a little specific customization. Is it possible to be bored by something created especially for you? This gift giver thinks not. Personalization provides that extra push, amplifying a gift to a more meaningful level. Companies like Things Remembered specialize in creating custom products that last forever, allowing customers to engrave a long list of guy-friendly items from money clips, beer mugs, pocket watches, and cufflinks. Websites like http://www.personalizationmall.com are one stop shops; completely organized lists that provide you with countless gifts that can be customized just so.
I think what opened my eyes to personalized gifts was a gift to my brother from his girlfriend. She headed to Build-A-Bear and put together a stuffed version of himself. In his room sits a dog wearing a miniature version of his work boots and a reminiscent button down shirt. The entertaining gift, overly adorable and sweet, expressed her attention to detail. The potential to create personalized stuffed animals doesn’t stop at Build-A-Bear. Companies like I Am A Stuffed Animal, can use a picture of your special someone to create a gift that’s detailed to look just like them.
I believe for everyone that gift giving is equal parts rewarding and absolutely daunting. For anyone suffering through the desperate brain storming session of gift giving but yielding no results, perhaps a little customization can make all the difference. If my boyfriend can’t come up with a suitable gift, then I can happily refer to other outlets to ensure he’s happy on any special occasion.
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Jeanna Coppola is an SEO intern at Fishbat, an online marketing firm located in Bohemia, NY.