NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Serious gift-givers take pride in finding the exact present for the exact person that is sure to be remembered for its thoughtfulness. But not all of us have the time and mental energy to invest in making that perfect match these days, so too often we resort to generic throwaways that won’t make it past next year’s spring cleaning.
Don’t worry though, because you don’t need to spend hours putting together a handmade scrapbook to show someone that you care this holiday season. With very little thought, you can give everyone in your circle a thoughtful gift that is sure to be remembered for years to come.
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How, you ask? To find out, we picked the brain of gift-etiquette guru Dawn Bryan, founder of consumer information website Qualipedia and author of The Art and Etiquette of Gift Giving. Her years working as a consultant for luxury brands like Gucci and Swarovski and handling protocol for international visitors taught her how to make the thought count.
“Yes, it is possible to select just a few gifts which will please everyone and, at the same time, make each one feel special and individual,” Bryan says. “You can do it with almost anything, even for people you don’t know much about.”
Here are a few thoughtful gifts that require little thought or effort, appropriate for everyone from your closest friends and family to clients or bosses, whom you may know little about.