Thoughtful. That in which a lot of thought has been put. Receiving gifts like these is really rare and according to me, the best of the lot. Cause you know that a person has put in a lot of thought before gifting you something that they know is going to appeal to you. This directly translates to understanding you and what you need. Think about it. Isn't that the criterion for tagging a gift as thoughtful or not? So we agree that receiving a thoughtful gift is something special, right? But you don't really know how to go about gifting these and where to start. What am I here for then? To give you ideas of what could be some thoughtful gifts for the special people in your life.
You know what the secret behind gifting really thoughtful and special gifts is? You need to be in tune with the other person's likes, needs, and wants. If you're close to someone, then that's pretty much taken care of right there, because with that much interaction with the other person you get to learn what they are like, what their tastes are like and you can keep in mind what to gift them in that way. The following are some ideas that you can draw inspiration from.
So you know that she's wanted the hard cover of the original series of that novel forever and ever and when you finally chance upon it in some quaint little book shop in the village, you of course buy it for her. Imagine the surprise and delight on her face when she sees that gift. Not only is the gift important, but so is the gesture that you remembered and thought of her when you saw the gift. Similarly, if you know of any of these things that are made valuable cause the other person really, really wants them, then make a mental note of those and keep a watch for the same. You never know when you'll end up finding something that fits the bill.
Replacing Old for New
Here's something that is a very, very sweet gesture and works out as perfectly thoughtful. All you do is stay in tune with the other person's lifestyle and it'll work out just right. How? Is there a particular perfume brand that he/she uses? Replace it when you see that it's almost over. Just the gesture is sweet enough. Imagine the pampered feeling when they see that their perfume (or any other thing has already been replaced and they don't need to go hunting for it.
You know how you have these work coupons? Something like that. Except, more than just fun, it's more thoughtful. What you do is think about the person and think about something that you can give them so that their stress and work is taken away. For example, as a thoughtful gesture―if your boyfriend has to eat a cold lunch at the office, then for a week (or more) you can bring him hot, homemade lunch or have it sent there. Or if your boyfriend does not like cleaning and maintaining his apartment, then for some time you can do it for him. Imagine the relief he will feel.
Cook for a Day
I'm telling you what is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful idea for any mom―cook for her. Or better still, care for her. Volunteer to cook all her favorite dishes over a Sunday lunch, clean her apartment for her, take her to the matinee show, take her shopping... and all those things you know she enjoys doing. She doesn't need your money, just some quality time, and these activities that you do will be enough of a thoughtful gift.
Another awesome gift idea? Think of something that the person in question has always wanted to do and never got a chance to do―like a guitar or piano class, going bungee jumping, learning to cook Mexican cuisine... and things like that. Then simply sign them up for the classes.
I have a personal story of how I received one of the most thoughtful gifts, no wait, the most thoughtful gift ever. You see I'd had a really, really tiring day at work. It seemed like everything that could've gone wrong, had. I walked in from the front gate and saw that the front door was locked, I cursed as I fished for the keys in my satchel. And then as I approached the front door I saw that there was a peacock feather tucked in the latch with a note on it. It said, 'I saw this and remembered you. Hope you like it'. It was from a close friend. The smile that was plastered on my face didn't leave me for a long, long time after.
So you see? It doesn't take much to come up with some of the most thoughtful gift ideas for anyone. You just think of what the person would want instead of thinking what 'you'd' like to give them. Simple and sweet.