Do you have someone so important to you and whenever you look in his or her eyes, you see the night sky? Do you feel at home every time you hug him or her? If yes, then this person probably means the world to you and you know she or he deserves all the happiness during the holidays.
The smell of Christmas cookies is getting stronger every day, while the desire to warm our beloved ones is growing exponentially. A great sweater with polar bears, a digital frame with old memories or a “Home Alone” marathon with pyjamas on, the perfect Christmas gift might be hidden in the most unexpected places we could have imagined. We have shown you some of them in our last year’s Christmas article.
We can bet you have had at least one close person and no idea what to gift him or her for Christmas. How do we know? We’ve all been stuck in this situation where a pair of socks might not bring the biggest smile on the face.
How can we choose the perfect gift if we don’t know what to take?
This might be one of the most frequently asked questions during the holiday season. Answering might be harder than finding the Holy Grail, so our iCard team created a list which will help you to choose the most appropriate present for your loved one.
Since every generation has its beliefs and specific interests, we differentiated people into three categories, depending on their age – from 18 to 25 years old (Gen Z), from 26 to 40 years old (Millennials) and 40 years old and older (Gen X). The list includes up to three suggestions for each group plus one bonus, which you will be able to send for free until the 5th of January. (hint: it is related to eGiftCard’s virtual card 😉) Keep reading and you will find out more at the end of the article. Everyone will like it, no matter the age nor gender.
What to gift to someone under 25?
All young men and women born between 1995 and 2010 are part of the so-called Generation Z. They have grown up with the technologies, which has a huge impact on their behaviour, their interests and their understanding for a perfect gift.
For the youngsters, it is important to be financially free, to be always connected to the Internet and to always be informed about the latest trends. Gen Zs are very competitive and want to be on the top of the mountain as quickly as possible. You can learn more about Gen Z’s characteristics from here.
What could be the perfect gift for a Gen Z representative?
Following the shorten characteristic above, we created a list of three universal gifts every young man or woman would like.
1. A yearly subscription to an online platform
Since all young people are always connected to the Internet, one of the best gifts you can make is to support them by buying a subscription on their preferred platform. All you have to do is a little bit of talk and observe to see what this person likes.
If he or she is always with the headphones on – Spotify subscription should be your choice. If the laptop constantly plays different movies – get a Netflix account. Does your loved one have many different interests and talents – a SkillShare account will help him or her to improve all of them?
iCard’s team wants to remind you that shopping online might be a dangerous activity. Please, always use virtual cards when subscribing to a platform or purchasing products online. All subscriptions must be managed carefully. The possibility to freeze your virtual cards gives you the control you need on the Internet.
2. Gift them emotions and memories
The majority of young people under 25 want to create memories and share them with all their friends on social media. Following this, one of the best gifts might be the one where your valuable person experiences something unique. Is he or she an extreme sports fan? Take him or her to a bungee jump or on an off-road ride. Very few people can brag with a video jumping off a bridge. If extreme is not a good fit, a dinner, on you, would be a great alternative no matter the gender.
3. Smart accessories
If none of the ideas mentioned above fit your understanding for a great gift, a good smart accessory will surely be appreciated. Smart gadgets are here to make our life easier. Most of Gen Z’s representatives like taking care of their appearance. A smartwatch, smart ring, a pair of earbuds or even nice smart keychain might give this unique look all young people are looking for. The fancy feeling of just tapping and paying a bill is something everyone should experience. You can check our article dedicated to the NFC accessories for more ideas.
What to buy for my loved one? (26 – 40 years old)
Let’s assume that you are here to find a present for your better half or a sibling. If you or the person you are searching for a gift is part of the Millennials’ generation, then you might recognize some of the following characteristics.
The people born between 1981 and 1994 are part of Generation Y and are known to be the bridge between generations. They have grown up in the times where “smart” were only the living creatures, however, now are adults in the big digital world. Since they were not born with the technologies in their hands, some of the Millennials don’t feel the need to be constantly on their phones. The majority prefers face to face contact and outdoor activities with their friends.
However, Gen Y’s representatives still like spending time by themselves, accompanied by a great book or an old movie.
1. Board games
Imagine this situation
You are at home after a long day. Some friends have joined you. Now you drink wine, listening to jazz with scented candles around. All of you are laughing and everything is perfect, until… The vibe suddenly disappears and you can’t stop wondering what happened.
The reasons behind this outcome might be few, however, most of them can be prevented by owning one specific item: a board game.
The board games are perfect gifts for somebody who is part of the Gen Y. This type of activity is engaging, includes friends and allows drinking wine, beer or other prefered beverages. All you need is a good atmosphere and a cosy place where to play.
2. E-book reader
Although Millennials have grown up in the pre-high tech era, they are in touch with the latest digital trends. Now is the time to save space, time and money for your friend by giving him or her one specific gift – E-book reader.
Nowadays e-books readers are getting more popular because of their stylish designs, small sizes and huge possibilities of carrying +1,000 books in one hand.
3. Bottle of wine
It does not matter if the person you want to make happy is in his 20s or late 30s – everyone likes a good bottle of red wine. Most of the time this gift does not bring joy by consuming it but by having friends around that you can share it with. All the stories, all the memories and all happy faces can be brought up by just one bottle of wine – this is the real gift at the end of the night.
What to give to our parents – Generation X?
Gen X’s representatives are all the people born between 1960 and 1980. Most of them are now parents or grandparents. They value the time with their families, appreciate the peace and quiet. We have been raised by those people and they deserve our respect and love.
What a better way to express your feelings than giving the perfect gift?
1. Digital frame
The majority of Gen Z indeed are not that familiar with the technologies. The biggest part’s best skill is knowing how to play games on their smartphones. What could be a better and simpler gift than one combining both worlds – digital and personal. Here comes at hand the digital frame.
The digital frame, for those who don’t know, allows us to upload photos and display them on its screen. This digital invention brings us together with our elders, even if we are not physically there.
2. Handmade gift
Is there a better gift than the one made with your hands and coming from your heart?
Write a song, create a mug, draw a painting or create a funny calendar with all your siblings. The only thing that might stop you from crafting the perfect gift is the lack of creativity or time. Grab a piece of paper and start sketching your gift.
You don’t have previous experiences in crafting items?
iCard got you covered! Here are some easy things you can make at home:
- Does your mother love candles? Make her a personalized photo candle so you can always be around her.
- Are you wondering what to gift to a passionate chef? Hand-stamped wooden utensils will look great in every kitchen
- Is the person you are looking for a gift an organized adult that values his or her time? We would like to suggest a nice handmade photo calendar magnet. He or she will always be on track and will smile every time when sees the calendar.
BONUS: The most universal gift.
If you didn’t like any of our suggestions, we want to give you the most finished and universal gift that everyone will like – a GiftCard.
GiftCard is a plastic or a virtual prepaid Visa or Mastercard card in which you can deposit a certain amount of money. The recipient can use it whenever he or she wants and needs – to pay online, to buy food from the local store, to pay in a restaurant, etc. Another great option is to choose one of the 14 unique Christmas card designs or to create your unique design. By choosing a photo or selecting one of our ready-made designs, this present will make everyone’s day better.
iCard’s special Christmas surprise
iCard knows how important it is to you to bring joy, smile and happy memories to your most loved persons. This is the reason why we prepared a special Christmas surprise for all of you who will not be able to return back home to give warm hugs to your family members. Those, who can’t find the perfect gift for someone special, can also take advantage of the special present.
From the 15th of December until the 5th of January, everyone will have the possibility to send virtual gift cards for free.
It is easier than ever to order a virtual eGiftCard from the iCard Digital Wallet. Make someone happy with just a few clicks.
Stay connected to your relatives wherever you are!
Christmas is the time when all of us should be with our most important persons. This day should bring happiness, joy, beautiful moments, friends and family in one place. From time to time, we are getting distracted from what is in our hands, while what is in front of us might not be here tomorrow. Close the browser and call the person you are searching for a gift.
The iCard team wishes you happy holidays and wants to remind you that you can send love even if you are far away from your family!