It’s great getting invited to parties and events, but when you don’t know the person who’s hosting it, it can be hard to know what to get them. Of course you won’t spend the same amount of money on a stranger as you would your family and friends, but you still shouldn’t turn up empty handed. Sometimes you might know a bit about the person you’re buying for - it could be one of your partner’s family. But other times, you might only know their name and a few small clues!
So, here are a few things you could buy for someone you don’t know - and each of them look special, high quality and as if you put more effort in than just getting a bottle of wine off the supermarket shelf.
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If you live somewhere with food or drink specific to your area, why not buy a sample of that? It might be a type of cake, bread or conserve. But locally grown, made and produced foods are always winning ideas. They look and taste much nicer than their supermarket alternatives, and as they’re coming from a small business, you get the pleasure of helping someone out local to you. If you’re a dab hand at baking, you could even make something yourself! Or continuing on a food theme, if you’re buying for someone who loves to cook and eat, explore these ideas from bustle.com.
You can never have too many notebooks, nice pens or diaries. And a high quality, leather bound notebook with thick paper is always going to stand out in a pile of presents. Look for nice brands with subtle details. Embossed lettering and gold foil are small features that will really add to the effect. If you want to go a bit further, you could look at getting a diary or notebook personalised. This is a lovely, meaningful touch and is bound to impress the receiver. You can explore different types of personalisation at sites like Giftsin24.com.
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Whether they’re a keen gardener or not, your host will always appreciate a gorgeous plant. From indoor varieties to outdoor planters, you’ve got a huge range to choose from. If there’s a species or type that grows locally to you, see if you can source one of them. GardeningKnowHow.com has some fab ideas for plants to give as presents. Or alternatively, you could visit a plant nursery and ask for some advice - plants that are easy to maintain are usually the best to go for. That is, unless you know the recipient is good at plant care and gardening! Our latest obsession is cacti - check out this blog post for some inspiration.
While some people don’t like the idea of giving gift vouchers as presents, they are extremely useful if you don’t know the person very well. See if you can find out what their hobbies are, or if they have a certain shop that they love, then find a reputable retailer to buy a gift card for. Or, if there’s no way of finding that out, you could always try getting gift vouchers for the cinema, for a restaurant, or for the theatre. That way, you’re giving them something they’re bound to enjoy, without putting unnecessary stress on yourself.