The gift-giving process should be fulfilling for the giver in order for the gift to be truly a product of the heart. This may take some thought on the part of the giver, but that just makes it all the more special. Great gift-giving involves celebrating the uniqueness of the recipient, and everyone has something about them that can inspire just the right gift.
People often believe that they don't have the gift-giving skills necessary to even think of a customized gift, let alone create one. The best way to come up with ideas is to give careful consideration to the person's likes and interests. Avid rose gardeners, for instance, might have no need for new plants or cultivating supplies, but may appreciate a homemade cologne made with the petals of their favorite roses. Other flowers can be used as well provided they have a pleasant fragrance. This is relatively simple to do, and there are many online and hard-copy resources that can assist the novice fragrance maker in making a quality product.
Those who would prefer to create something less complicated than fragrance from a loved one's garden plants can easily make rose water. Rose water can be used as an astringent, skin toner and even as a culinary ingredient. All that it requires is three quarts of fresh rose petals, crushed ice and water. Rose water has a heavenly taste and aroma and can be used to make exquisite pastries, cakes and puddings.
Another garden-inspired gift is a detailed scrapbook or picture CD that features the recipient's garden in various stages of development and different seasons. Plant-lovers may also appreciate a paid membership to their local gardening club or native plant society.
There are those with no arts-and-crafts abilities at all, but that doesn't mean that they can't use their imaginations to give quality gifts with a personal touch. An ideal gift for a baby shower, for instance, could be a weekend trip to a mountain cabin or fishing resort for the future mother and father before the arrival of the infant. The purchase of the services of a professional grocery shopper may be something that many new parents would find helpful. A young person who is struggling financially may be in need of vehicle repairs or appliance maintenance.
Subscriptions to favorite publications, tickets to artistic events or musical performances are all gifts that many recipients will appreciate. Those on fixed incomes might be neglecting their personal appearance due to lack of funds and will be thrilled to receive gift certificates for services offered by the favorite salon.
Many ways exist to make gift-giving as much fun for the person giving the gift as the lucky one who is receiving it.