A shopping expert and New York Times best-selling author says there are ways to make gifts meaningful, memorable and lasting. Robyn Spizman’s book and Web site is called TheGiftionary.com.
“It’s like the dictionary is to words, the giftionary is to gifts. Gifts that are just appropriate for grandma, for your mom, dad, brother, sister. When you give what someone values, whether it’s their pet, their child—whether they love to decorate, to cook, to garden—then you’re really matching a gift that reflects them, not just you. They think of you and think either what great taste you have or how thoughtful you are. That’s a gift that keeps on giving.”
Spizman says the best gifts are useful or make you feel an emotion. She says one example of a gift that can be customized is a music box that has a place for a photo.
“And then you open it up, and instead of playing music, it plays your recorded message in a box. So when you open it up, it’s like a greeting card, only it plays the messages over and over. Everytime you open up the box, you’ll hear the children singing. For example, I have one sitting on my desk, and when I open it up, this one was a family who’s children had just learned a lot of Christmas carols. Listen to this: (child singing) ‘Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, o’ver the hills we go, laughing all the way…'(click of box closing).”
Spizman says getting gift ideas from reluctant friends and family members can be solved by beginning a conversation with “what the worst gift you’ve ever received?” Getting them talking leads to finding out what they value.