What does Sofia Coppola think she’s exceptionally good at? Gift giving. I came across this statement while browsing a recent copy of Marie Claire. It made me contemplate what makes a good gift giver.
Paying attention is at the core of being a good gift giver. Sound observation and listening skills are essential in determining what gift might best be appreciated by the recipient. What products does a person use? What do they covet?
Taking this one step further, a successful gift giver seeks to understand what makes a person tick. Tapping into someone’s inner workings gives yet more insight to work with. What do you know about their lifestyle, personality, values, aesthetic style, etc?
Using this information a good gift giver comes up with an idea, but then takes it from ordinary to special. If someone likes candles they don’t settle for just another candle (however beautiful and expensive it is). Instead they will pick out one bearing the recipient’s favorite scent or select a creative candle such as a fireplace candle, something that really speaks to the individual.
A consistently excellent gift giver really enjoys the search. They follow through on their ideas with tenacity, pursuing all avenues until they find that elusive special something.
Finally, an exceptional gift giver has the ability to bring a little magic. They have the desire to truly delight and constantly seek to exceed expectation with imaginative or meticulous presentation.
Watch out for the upcoming post on how to be a good gift giver.