Finding gifts for the woman who wants nothing can be challenging to say the least. Maybe you have a mom, sister, or friend who says they want nothing.
How can you go about finding something they will like and appreciate?
Do you have somebody on your list who notoriously answers with 'nothing' when you ask them what they want as a gift?
Maybe the person feels like she has everything or she's someone who doesn't know how to express her wishes. If you have a notoriously hard to shop for mom or friend this post is for you.
Tip # 1 - Finding Gifts for the Woman who wants Nothing - Make a donation on her behalf
Donate to a charity or organization. Donating on somebody's behalf to a charitable organization is a thoughtful gift. It's the perfect gift if the woman in your life seems to want nothing.
Maybe the person you're trying to shop for already supports a charitable society. In that case, contribute to that organization.
If you don't know of any specific cause or charity, here's a list of great causes.
- Prevent Child Abuse America
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- Scholarship America
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
- Alzheimer’s Association
Donate whatever the amount feels right to you. Wrap the donation recipe in a gift box.
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Tip #2 - Gifting an Experience
In our family, we love to give experience gifts. For instance last year my stepson bought tickets to a Broadway Show for all of us. And in early February we got to spend a great family day in New York City.
We had a pre-show lunch and even got the chance to do a spot of sight-seeing after the show.
The best part sharing an experience gift that it's not only a memory builder but it also gives us the opportunity to spend quality time together.
And you don't have to live near a big city to give somebody an experience gift.
You can find activities that are local to your area.
Finding a Great Experience Gift - Begin by Brainstorming
If you're looking for a meaningful experience for somebody, begin by brainstorming activities she enjoys.
- Does she enjoy being athletic?
- Is she a knitter or crafter?
- Does she like animals?
- Or maybe she's a cheese lover?
After the initial brainstorm, try and think of activities that are related to her hobby.
For example, if she enjoys good wine, look for a vineyard tour or an evening at a wine bar.
Some suggestions to get you started:
- Vineyard Tour
- Museums Exhibition
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Spin Class
- Dinner Theatre
- Visit the Zoo
- Community Theatre Shows
This can be such a great gift for your mom, sister, or friend. Sign up for a class or a workshop at your local community center. You can chose to simply gift the class or to make it an experience gift and join the class yourself.
How do I know what kind of class I should get?
When it comes to classes, the sky really is the limit.
Begin by making a list of things your friend likes to do.
- Is she artsy or crafty?
- Does she like photography or cooking?
- Or is she interested in health and wellness?
Some gift ideas for classes to get you started:
- Cooking Class
- Drawing Class
- Pottery Class
- Meditation Class
- Photography Class
Also, think about the person's schedule. Does she have time to fit a class into her schedule? Maybe a one or two-day workshop would be better for her. Most places will offer gift certificates.
This gives the person you're trying to shop for the flexibility to schedule the class at her leisure.
Tip #4 - Gift an Online Classes
This is a bit of a spin-off from the in-person class experience. Although one-on-one interaction is great, you might find that online classes are a better fit.
For instance, if you're trying to come up with gift ideas for the woman who wants nothing and who can't easily travel to an in-person class.
Online classes tend to be extremely flexible. They'll be easier to fit into somebody else's schedule. And another bonus of online classes is that they a huge array of subjects.
Check out the following online platforms:
Masterclass is an online learning platform which allows students to take a variety of classes taught by world-famous experts. Some sample classes are:
Skillshare is a different type of online learning platform altogether.
You will find a huge range of topics from learning How to Watercolor, explore Hand-Lettering for Beginners, to How to play the piano, or How to simply make a great cup of coffee (seriously, it's a Skillshare class).
Skillshare offers a free membership. But you can also gift a premium membership. A premium membership includes unlimited, ad-free, access to all classes. And it's the perfect gift for if the person on your list is a natural learner.
Other Online Platforms you could check out:
- Treehouse - Ok, this is a bit of a niche gift. Treehouse is an online learning platform, great for anybody who wants to add coding skills to their portfolio. Because Treehouse offers more than 2,000 courses in everything from basic HTML and CSS to game designing.
- Udemy - was probably the first big online platform I've ever used. And their course catalog features more than 80,000 classes.
If you're shopping for Udemy courses, you want to read this post on how to save money when you buy courses on Udemy.
- Coursera - Top university instructors teach classes on Coursera. The offering includes college-level classes and certifications.
You can find anything from How to Finance and Grow your Startup (taught by the University of London), to Child Nutrition and Cooking, (University of Stanford) or Dynamic Public Speaking (University of Washington).
Low Budget Twist
If you don't want to spend money on a gift, you could do a spin on yesteryear's mixtapes.
Remember making mixtapes? Let's say your mom has recently developed an interest in photography.
A super inexpensive gift could be a playlist of YouTube videos that are great for a novice photographer.
Have a friend who likes to bake? Same idea, create a text document and make a playlist of 10-15 video links to baking tutorials on YouTube she would enjoy.
I hope I've given you some new ideas to help you find great gifts. Always start by thinking what they person you're trying to surprise enjoys.
What makes her tick? And what does she talk about a lot? What are your interests?
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I hope you've found some inspiration and will find great gifts for the woman who wants nothing.
Who's the most 'difficult' person to shop for on your list? Share your experiences in the comments below.