Unexpected finds make perfect gifts

Yes, it is spring. But we received some unexpected snow today.


So I thought it was a perfect backdrop for posting a topic on finding gifts when you least expect to.

Image of holiday presents

We typically associate gift shopping with the holidays, but we engage in it year-around for birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, and so on.

But do you plan ahead for it in any way? Here is how I make gift shopping simpler, less stressful, and more rewarding.

I created a private wish list on Amazon for gifts. Whenever I am browsing magazines or shopping online and I see something I think someone may like or that would be a good gift, I add it to my private “gifts” wish list.

My general advice is that whenever you are shopping, look at the items for not only yourself, but also for others. Don’t wait until it is a week before someone’s birthday, or a few days before the holidays.

When someone’s birthday is coming up, or there is a special occasion or a holiday, or I have a “just because” moment, I scan my gifts wish list for any items I have for that individual. I can quickly make the purchase, and I’m done.

One of the best parts is that because I located this item while doing some “general window shopping” instead of doing “targeted window shopping” (where I am looking for a specific item, or an item for a specific person), the gift usually turns out to be quite special, unique, or incredibly loved by the recipient. There is less pressure to find something by doing it this way, and when it is time to get someone a gift, I don’t have to grab the first thing I see.

We have heard the saying that things happen when you least expect them to. Well, finding the perfect gift for someone can happen when you weren’t necessarily looking. You know it is perfect because as soon as you see it, you say “Oh! [Insert Name] would love this!” or “That looks like something [Insert Name] would like.”

If you are out shopping in a brick-and-mortar store, either buy the item and store it away or take a picture of it to remind yourself later to add it to your “gifts” wish list.

If you buy it months, or even a year, ahead of time, make sure to store it some place where you’ll remember where you put it. Create a place in your home where you store all gifts that are yet to be given. It can be as simple as a large cardboard box or an area in a closet.

Have you ever found a perfect gift when you weren’t looking?


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  1. Sarah G. says:

    Great advice! I occasionally buy ahead when I’m shopping in a traditional store, but I hadn’t thought of making a private Amazon list dedicated to others.

  2. Kristy Stephens says:

    Thanks Sarah! Amazon’s Universal Wish List is such an excellent tool!

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