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For those that have everything or those that are hard to satisfy, choosing a gift for any occasion can become overwhelming. To make the process easier, it's wise to consider how well you know the recipient and what areas he or she enjoys.


The Outdoors:

For adrenaline junkies and outdoorsy types, being in the wild is like nothing else. From camping to hiking to mountain biking, these types love anything that will keep them among nature. For friends that love camping, the perfect gift will be one that enhances the experience. While it may seem silly at first, offer a survival kit. These come with fire starters, fishing supplies, knives and other materials to keep them safe should they encounter trouble.


Electronics:


Tech geeks love the latest electronic gadgets, and electronic giants such as Sharper Image carry everything from motorized tie racks to electronic bicycle turn signals. If choosing a gadget is still too hard, opt for an accessory for a gadget they already own.


Cooking:

Most people know someone that loves to experiment in the kitchen. New gadgets are always catching on and most of them make cooking much easier. A number of the most practical devices go unknown by many, so you may be able to surprise that amateur chef in your life with a gift he or she never realized they needed.


Experiences:

For the pickiest people, a regular material object may not impress as much. In that case, you can present them with an experience instead. The event you choose will depend on the recipient, and exciting experiences include murder mystery parties, speedway racing, adventure trains, hot air balloon rides or even sky diving.


Charity:

Generous people, ironically, are often grateful to receive the simplest gifts. Impress a giver with a donation to his or her favorite charity. You may present the donation in the form of a handmade gift purchased from the organization or an announcement card.


Food:

Most people enjoy decadent food, so it shouldn't be too difficult to please with an edible gift basket. Contents may include fruits, nuts, meats and cheeses as well as chocolates and desserts. For those with lighter diets, healthier options are available as well.


Plant a Tree:

Greener friends appreciate anything that improves the environment. Show them that you care about their concerns by having a tree planted in their honor. Some tree donation services even use the plants as a means of starting orchards that help those in need fight hunger.


Enlightenment:

For free spirits, maintaining a sense of freedom, development or peace is one of the most important aspects of daily life. If your friend or family member is into meditation or some other spiritual thing you can consider tarot cards as one very unique and interesting gift. As stated on the New Age Markets: Tarot cards can be used for practical problem-solving, creative visualisation, meditation, self-improvement, as a tool of understanding, for divination and fortune-telling, even for card games.


Vacation:

There is nothing like rest and relaxation, and everyone needs a vacation at some point in life. While this may seem like an extravagant gift, short vacations are very affordable. Many cruise lines provide weekend voyages to nearby islands, or if that's not a feasible option, provide the recipient with a "staycation" that offers them a getaway at a local luxury hotel.


Lessons:

The gift of knowledge is one of the best you can give, thus offering to pay for lessons is an unexpected gift anyone would love. For the artistic types, lessons in painting, sculpting or pottery are appropriate. Others may enjoy enhancing their culinary skill with cooking classes or adding new dance moves with salsa lessons.



The best tip to remember when choosing a gift for a friend or family member is that you will usually do well with an experience or a gift that comes in handy for any type. A material item will be just fine for some, but knowledge and experience create everlasting memories.



Written by: Bob Gorman