Choosing gifts is a task we all do often.  Between birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and a host of other gift giving occasions, we are constantly confronted with having to buy gifts.  But, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to choose just any old gift.  You want the right gift – the perfect present.

If this describes you, keep reading.  Following are a few tips and resources that may help you.

1. Plan In Advance

You must be proactive in your gift giving.  This means that you should plan your gifting in advance.  Keep an up-to-date list of the birthday, anniversary, etc, dates of relatives and friends so that you’ll always know when it’s time to buy a gift.  If you order a gift online, it sometimes takes about 2 weeks for the item to be delivered.  So you should start shopping for gifts at least a month in advance.

2. Know The Recipient

The most important thing you need to consider when choosing a gift is the recipient.   For example, your mother is unlikely to appreciate a year’s subscription to Sports Illustrated unless she just happens to be a sports fanatic, and your 6-year-old nephew probably would not be grateful for a winter scarf.  Knowing the recipient’s age, gender, likes, dislikes, and personality greatly helps.  Also, consider any needs, desires, or hobbies the recipient may have.

3. Consider The Occasion

When choosing a gift, the occasion should always be considered.  It defines the type of gift you should give.  For example, the gift you choose to give your husband on Valentine’s Day would be different than what you choose to give him for Father’s Day because of the nature of the occasion.

4. Read Reviews

Reading reviews for gifts you are considering buying is helpful.  Reviews give you more information about the product and provide insight through the eyes of those who have already tested or purchased the item.  Websites like Gift Finder, and provide customer reviews for products.  You can also find links to purchase your gifts on these sites if you choose to do so.

5. Compare Prices

Once you have selected a gift, then you should shop around to find the lowest price.  Websites such as Google Shopping, and provide price comparisons for gifts. Great deals on gift are out there.   You just have to find them.

Finding a gift does not have to be a prolonged, complicated task.   Just keep in mind these 5 tips and you’ll choose the perfect gift in no time.

What strategies do you use to find a gift? Do you have particular tips or tactics you would like to share?