Special Occasions Deserve Special Gifts – Make It Memorable with These Gifts

Special Occasions Deserve Special Gifts – Make It Memorable with These Gifts

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Special occasions call for special gifts, but it can be hard to know what gift is appropriate for each event. Do you go big or small? Personal or impersonal? Homemade or store-bought? With so many factors to consider, it’s no wonder people often find themselves feeling stressed out and overwhelmed when trying to pick the perfect present. 

Never fear; we’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll give you a run-down of some of the most common special occasions and the best gifts to give for each one. After reading this, you’ll be a pro at finding that just-right present for any event!


Wedding gifts are typically given by close friends or family members of the bride and groom. Because of this, it’s usually okay to spend a little bit more money on a wedding gift than you would on a gift for other occasions. That being said, you don’t want to break the bank, either. A good rule of thumb is to spend around $50-$100 per person, depending on your relationship with the happy couple. 

If you’re struggling to come up with a specific gift idea, consider giving a gift card to a place where the couple frequently shops or donates their time (for example, an art supply store for an artistically inclined couple or a restaurant chain for foodies). Another option is to give them a nice bottle of wine or premium scotch that they can enjoy on their honeymoon or save for a special anniversary celebration. 


Birthdays are another occasion where it’s perfectly acceptable to spend a bit more money than usual on a gift. However, how much you spend will depend largely on your relationship with the birthday girl or boy. For close friends and family members, $50-$100 is probably about right. For acquaintances and co-workers, $20-$30 is probably sufficient. 

When it comes to choosing a specific gift, think about that person’s hobbies and interests. Is she an avid reader? Get her a nice hardcover edition of her favorite book. Is he into hiking? Get him a new water bottle or hiking socks. If all else fails, you can always fall back on the classic birthday standby: a nice piece of jewelry or a box of chocolates. 


Christmas gifts tend to be less expensive than gifts for other occasions because people generally buy presents for larger groups of people (such as all their immediate family members, all their cousins, etc.). As such, $20-$30 per person is usually about right. Of course, there are always going to be exceptions—like when you buy an extra-special present for your spouse or child—but in general, Christmas gifts shouldn’t break the bank. 

When it comes time to pick out specific Christmas gifts, again think about the recipient’s hobbies and interests. If they love baking, get them some new baking supplies (or even better—a homemade baked good!). If they’re into scrapbooking, get them some pretty paper and stickers. And if all else fails…well, everyone loves receiving clothes and gift cards during the holidays! 

Picking out gifts can be tough—but it doesn’t have to be! By keeping these guidelines in mind the next time you need to buy someone a present, you’ll have no trouble finding that just-right item for any occasion.

Brooke Chaplan

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