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While there are people who do not like surprises, very few do not like surprise gifts. Regardless of how old a person is, a surprise gift makes them happy. It is fun to plan for giving a surprise gift also, but planning is not always a simple task. The steps include
- Choosing the gift
- Finding a place to hide it
- Planning the reveal
- Keeping it a secret
If you need help in the selection of an ideal gift, here are some tips.
- Do not buy a gift for the wow factor.
- Choose a nostalgic present.
- Celebrate cherished moments.
- Give a gift that differs from gifts in the past.
- Give a gift related to the receiver’s hobbies.
- Give something related to interests they have.
- Give a gift that solves a problem.
- Give a gift that benefits their current circumstances.
- Think beyond physical gifts.
- Give gifts for an experience, such as theater tickets, a helicopter ride, or an event they would like to attend.
- Look to upcoming events in their life, such as starting college, expecting a baby, or starting a new venture.
- Avoid jewelry and clothing.
- Pay attention to subtle details.
- Avoid gift certificates or combine gift cards with some treat.
Finding a Place to Hide It
This step can be tricky. For gifts bought online, have them delivered to an address different than that of the recipient. Wrapping gifts such as a surprise gift for boyfriend can be a bit of a challenge. It would be best to plan a time to wrap it when the recipient is busy or not around.
Revealing Surprise Gift Ideas
An excellent surprise gift idea for kids and toddlers is to create a treasure hunt. The kids figure out where the gift is by following a few clues or answering a few questions. Each clue or question leads to a location with another question or hint. The hunt can be as short or long as you like. Using cute cards for the clues adds to the search. Have additional clues ready if the player has trouble figuring out the answer.
Use a Surprise Gift Box
Packing the gift in a prank box makes them wonder why you chose such a gift. If it has a bit of shock value, such as an earwax candle kit, the results can lead to laughter or fear of opening the box.
Make the Reveal Moment Magical
If time permits, decorate the room in an awe-inspiring manner to make the surprise gift more special. The decorations can be a theme for a child or a romantic Valentine’s Day occasion. If you do not have the time for elaborate decorations or feel they are too much hassle, something simple still makes the surprise gift special. Candlelight is a hallmark of celebration for festive or special events, candlelight dinners, and birthdays—string starry lights for the maximum effect.
Give a Clue About the Surprise
The cream of the crop gifts are surprise vacation gifts. They require some groundwork to prevent hiccups. You must ensure the recipient has no other commitments planned that prevent traveling on the chosen dates. When all information is verified and clear, send a calendar page with the days to the trip Xed out, or tell them what they need to pack for a trip, but do not tell them where they are going.
A Day of Gifts
Place small gifts in areas where the recipient will find them throughout the day. They do not have to be expensive. You can surprise them with small and big items they like. They may be chocolate, favorite cookies, a cute note, making them something they like to drink and finish the day with the final gift before bedtime.
Surprise Tickets to an Event
If a singer they like will be in concert in the area, or their favorite sports team is in town, get them tickets for the event. An excellent surprise gift idea for sports lovers is putting the tickets in a ziplock bag at the bottom of their snack bowl while watching their team on TV. Another idea is to attach the tickets like a label to a t-shirt for the artist or team. The tickets will be an unexpected gift.
Gift Hidden in an Unexpected Place
Surprise the receiver by allowing them to stumble upon a gift in a place they would not suspect. It magnifies the reaction. Hide it in a cabinet or drawer they use daily but would not expect to find a gift there.
Other places are on a study table, coffee table, driver’s seat, next to the bed, or the table in the kitchen in the morning. Surprises are lovely any day. Findings a small gift in a purse or briefcase on the day of the event, like the first day on a new job or the first day of school, is especially welcomed.
Drive to a Surprise Event
Planning a party somewhere other than where the recipient lives adds to the surprise. You act as though you planned nothing special for the day. Ask some friend or family member to host the party. Allow some time for them to feel a bit disappointed before arriving at the party.
Surprise with Digital Copies of Favorite Shows or Movies
Making these gifts exciting takes a bit of ingenuity. Digital gifts, such as music, movies, and TV shows, are convenient but a challenge to make tangible or impressive looking. Ribbons and bows are part of a surprise gift experience.
Pack a card with funny handwritten lines. They can be lyrics or dialogue of the music, TV show, or movie. Add the instructions for accessing the digital download. You can hide the note in a memorabilia item like a coffee mug of the show, etc.
Give the Gift of Time
For some people, the best surprise gift is to spend time with you. With today’s busy lifestyle, we feel we do not have the time or forget to spend time with those we love. If it has been some time since spending an afternoon with the special person, surprise them with a visit from you.
When distance makes having a gift delivered necessary, add to the surprise of receiving a gift by making the gift box interesting as well. Decorate the interior of the box with stickers, tape, wrapping paper, etc. Make it birthday-themed, romantic, artsy, or fancy. Throw in some confetti. The effort to decorate the box speaks volumes about how much you care for them.
A Surprise Picnic with Friends and Family
As a twist, plan a picnic for the special day. Have friends and family drop in with picnic baskets. For a birthday picnic, ask a guest to bring a cake. The more people invited, the merrier the celebration will be.
Place the gift in a Cryptex container like the one pictured here. It is a cylinder with a hidden compartment that is eight cm long and 2.5 cm in diameter. The default password is ILOVEU. It is a romantic and creative gift box.
These surprise gift ideas are not meant to be pranks, like putting something in a fancy box that is not as nice as the box. Practice self-control by avoiding too much talk about the event before the day of the celebration. Do some research to prevent a surprise the recipient may not like.