When shopping for meaningful gifts that will make someone you care about feel appreciated and understood, sometimes the kinds of items you can simply find in any department store or large mall just don’t cut it. For some it can be really difficult to hone in on a gift that feels thoughtful and special, but it has been scientifically proven that these gifts make people feel more fulfilled than others. The joy that arises when someone receives a meaningful gift is worth all of the time and effort you put into it, so it’s important to get it right.
First, listen up. As nice as surprises are, sometimes the most meaningful gift is the most practical. If someone you love has spoken to you about really wanting a certain kind of item, or if they have shown interest in certain experiences, take that into account. It may be an idea that is coming from them, but they will appreciate how you paid attention, and they will also love the fact that you got them something they actually wanted.
Secondly, remember that size doesn’t matter. The most meaningful gifts aren’t always the most expensive or largest. Sometimes, those seem impersonal because they are such statement pieces that don’t hold a lot of nostalgia. So, instead of getting your husband a flat screen TV because he loves movies — why not make him a movie night box, and get him a subscription to his favorite streaming service? There are ways to personalize every single piece of interest, without going the easy route and getting your person something obviously related to it.
Lastly, the most meaningful gifts always have an experiential element to them. Whether they are the kinds of gifts that relate to memories you have shared with someone, or you purchase something that allows for you to spend more time with the person you love — anything that brings you closer to a person, and reminds them that you truly do appreciate all of the time you have had together, is the definition of meaningful.
Below we’ve curated a few of our favorite meaningful gifts to help you come up with the perfect present for the person you admire. We hope these picks inspire you!