Are you sick of the usual routine of buying birthday presents and cards for your loved ones? It’s an old tradition that many people enjoy, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best solution for every circumstance. Read on for some fab alternative ideas to inspire your next gift.
Sometimes a card and a box just simply aren’t enough. For the person who has everything or is difficult to shop for, an experience may be the best alternative. Experience gifts can include anything from tea for two at a beautiful castle, to driving the supercar of your dreams for an afternoon. The great thing about an experience gift is that you can either tailor it to the person’s likes or give them the opportunity to do something they never would have considered.
Giving a gift to someone living overseas requires a little more planning. You could go the usual route of buying a standard present, but if you do this you will need to make provisions for delivery. If you do, you must make sure you find a trusted package delivery operator, such as TNT Direct, which can ship your precious parcel to wherever it needs to be. Alternatively, one awesome gift idea for people living overseas is a return ticket home to have a wonderful reunion with friends and family.
Buy Nothing Birthdays
The phenomenon known as ‘buy nothing birthdays’ is based first and foremost on practicality. The recession may be over, but many people are still struggling financially. The prospect of buying a birthday present, no matter how small, is sometimes more financial stress than it’s worth. Either arrange with your loved one to not send a gift, or consider making your own for a unique present that will enchant your loved one.
Give Your Time as a Gift
Hand-in-hand with the concept of ‘buy nothing birthdays’ is the notion of giving yourself as a gift. This doesn’t mean you have to wrap yourself up in a bow and present yourself as is. On the contrary, it is the gift of your time and consideration that you will be giving to your loved one, in order to really show them how much you care about their wellbeing. Your time could be presented for a specific use such as weeding the garden, babysitting children or making a sumptuous dinner, or it could be for a non-specific purpose to be clarified by the recipient whenever and however they like.Graphic by: Freepik