The Best Way to Find Gifts
I’m not sure about you all reading, but for me finding gift ideas is incredibly difficult. It’s not that I don’t know what someone will like, but rather that I can’t decide what they would like the most. Apparently, your gift decisions say a lot about your relationship, so this post is just a way to help anyone else out there who may be struggling with something similar, or for those of you who just do not know what kinds of gifts to get in general.
About a week ago was my girlfriends birthday. We have been dating about 4 years, so I have had plenty of gift giving opportunities and have of course run through all the good ideas I’ve had in years previous. Because of that, I am constantly having to one up myself from the year before, getting bigger and better gifts that maintain the high standard of excellence that I try to live my life by. Last year for example, I got her a kitten. In hindsight, that was foolish because how do you do better than that?
Here is my solution:
Online Gift Idea Research
Like most people my age, I took to the internet to find ideas. The Gift Subreddit has a wealth of information, as well as an active discussion thread where you can bounce ideas off of other like minded individuals. I got my start there but was looking for something more refined. Then I stumbled upon EpicGifts.net, which narrows down gift ideas into lists that are sorted by personality. This was perfect for me because I just needed a general idea, and having everything grouped so nicely together (eg “Gift Ideas for a Sporty Girl”) helped point me in the right direction. However, I wanted to find a way to give less generic gifts, so the search continued!
The Ultimate Buying Decision
In the end, I had to sit back and think about what she would really want. Yes, she is into sports and athletics, so I could have just bought her a generic gift from the Amazon gift section, but I wanted to go deeper than that (I had to upstage a kitten remember?). I started looking into DIY gifts, and things I could put some work into that would show her how much I care. Enter the world of Etsy gifts and Pinterest lists. Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not crafty by any means, but I was able to find some awesome tutorials that showed me step by step how to make some really romantic gifts (and gave me ideas for the future!).
For all of you wondering, the tutorial I ended up going with is posted below:
Yes, I know it is for Valentines Day, but in my opinion, any day is a good day to show someone how much you love them!
Did She Like the Gift?
I actually haven’t even revealed what the gift was yet (the above was just the pre-gift)! Without anymore fluff, the real gift is posted below.
That’s right, she is sporty but she also loves to read, so I cut out a bit of her favorite book (I’ll get her a new one), put the engagement ring I got in it, then wrapped it and took her to the restaurant where we had our first date. She was a little surprised when she opened it and saw a book she already had, but when she saw the ring it was the happiest I have ever seen her.
Now, this may not be in the top ways to propose but it definitely is, in my opinion, winning!
She said yes as well by the way, so expect a wedding/engagement party post soon!