Avoiding the Staple with Unique Gifts

By: Dustin Schwerman

It's not uncommon for a person to have a fairly staple and stable gift that they like to receive. Birthday or holiday rolls around, and that person can be handled in five minutes. I have plenty of experience with this phenomenon; not only are there a decent few people in my family who fall into this category, but I myself am quite possibly the person most representative of it out of all of us. Oddly enough, despite the fact that when someone asks me what I would like for whatever gift-giving day is on the horizon and I provide the same simple answer as I have for the past decade, I am not uncommonly cited as among the hardest people to buy for. Therein lay the challenge of not just giving a gift, but giving a unique gift.

And admittedly, I have been known to exercise some well-intentioned hypocrisy at times in trying to figure out a more unique gift, even though I know the staple will be well-received. It makes a bit of sense, given the ritual of wrapping being clearly intended to provide a measure of surprise. But just as with website design, uniqueness for the sake of being different, without good implementation, hardly makes for an ideal gift. A pickle in a plastic bag is certainly a unique gift (and inexpensive too!) but probably not the sort of thing you would want to give a friend or a family member. On the other hand, if you're in an action-comedy movie and you feel like attempting an improvisational polyanna as a sort of feinting maneuver to acquire a surprise advantage, the plastic-wrapped pickle is wholeheartedly endorsed.

Innovatively inane combat tactics aside, perhaps the greatest advantage we have in trying to select unique gifts is the plethora of personality traits present in your average person. While certain key preferences may provide numerous possibilities for the staple gift, secondary likes and dislikes can be significant, making the gift not only well-received but also resulting in a surprise (presumably of the nature that does not include the free partial round of actions against a flat-footed opponent).

Of course, the unique gift can be something of a challenge to find just as it can be difficult to determine. Going in with a plan can be optimal, so that at the very least you know where you should look, although the wealth of products available today means that a proper round of browsing (store or web as suits you) can work wonders.

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Dustin Schwerman is the head web designer for Truly Unique Website Design. Truly Unique works on websites of all varieties, such as www.tvartscapes.com, where you can find a unique gift children will love and nature wallpaper.

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