How to Buy a Gift for Someone Who Has Everything

Learning how to buy a gift for a loved one, friend or coworker is important. Anyone can tell how much effort you put into choosing the perfect item with a quick glance, so you need to put a bit of thought into the ones you buy. However, sometimes you have to find the best gift for someone who seems to already have everything. When shopping for those who seemingly have it all, it's important to pay close attention to their normal buying habits, hobbies, and interests. Once you have a rough idea of things they might enjoy, your task is much easier.

Consider the Recipient

When you’re looking for types of gifts that your loved one will enjoy, you should take that individual's interests into consideration. Does that person collect specific items or have any hobbies? If so, think about adding to the collection or purchasing an item that aligns with that hobby. For example, if your friend or family member is an avid coffee or tea drinker, consider choosing gifts that include a variety of new and different tea or coffee options to try. To find unique gift options, look at products grouped together for specific recipients such as foodies, avid travelers, and pet lovers.

Also, consider searching for gifts by recipient instead of trying to figure out how to buy a gift related to a particular interest. Most retailers have specialized items designated as gifts for him, her, or kids, which makes it easy for you to shop explicitly for that person. Additionally, look for presents by examining your relation to the recipient, to ensure you choose something appropriate. For example, instead of searching for presents labeled "for him" or "for her;" consider items targeted toward "Mom" or find gifts common for coworkers.

Consider Trends

When looking for the perfect present, take any current gift trends into consideration. Sure, there are always specific products that are on trend, especially during the holidays or certain times of the year, but some types of gifts are always popular. For example, if you’re looking for thank-you gifts for volunteers or employees, you might think about purchasing a subscription service or a box of chocolates — something that appeals to a large number of people and is always on trend.

Also, when you’re shopping for gifts by occasion, consider what types of presents are currently trending for the holiday or type of event approaching; alternatively, give traditional gifts when shopping for an occasion. Keep in mind, even the person who has everything could use upgraded or newer items. For example, someone who writes in a diary regularly always needs new journals, as the old ones become full. And giving them pens and colored markers adds flair to their writing. Even items such as dishes and appliances need an upgrade occasionally.

Gift Sets

Sets are often one of the best gift options available. Premade gift sets and gift baskets are typically easy to find and they cater to a person’s specific interests. Popular themes include everything from movies and games to coffee, tea, and food, making it easy to find an option for practically anyone, especially someone who has everything. When choosing a set, it's important to think about the recipient's interests, but also things they enjoy, but would never purchase for themselves. For example, if you're looking for a gift basket for a stay-at-home mom who spends her days caring for her family, consider purchasing a spa-themed basket with bath oils, salts, and lotions, and partner it with a comfy robe and some slippers to encourage her to take some time to care for herself and relax.

Make a Gift Basket

If you have trouble finding a gift set or basket that you think your friend, coworker, or family member would enjoy, consider making one of your own. Creating your own makes it that much more personal, which your friend will appreciate, and it also allows you to include items that are very specific. For example, if you’re making a basket for your favorite foodie, include some delights that you find in premade baskets, such as an array of spices or snacks from different countries, alongside items you wouldn’t find in premade selections, such as small plates to use while enjoying the snacks or recipe books to craft masterpieces with the spices. Select a wine lover's basket and add in a book on wine tasting or some glasses to savor the beverages.

Learning how to buy a gift for someone who seems to have it all is simple; it just takes a bit more time, thought, and creativity to find the best gifts. So take your recipient, as well as any interests and hobbies, into consideration when shopping, or make things easy by purchasing or making a gift basket that you know your loved one will appreciate.