Finding the Perfect Christmas Gift for a Fussy Recipient


Are you sick of seeing your Christmas gifts being returned? Struggling to find a gift for the person who has everything? Fret no more – the Good Food Gift Card has you covered with these handy tips and ideas…

Give a gift that YOU love

A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that while people preferred receiving gifts that reflect their interests, recipients felt closer to givers who chose things based on their own interests. Based on that, buying something that you would enjoy could score you some intimacy points. Perhaps it’s that you give a Good Food Gift Card with a suggestion of a favourite restaurant you’ve recently discovered. Just don’t go buying your girlfriend a new motorcycle part for YOUR bike.

Not-too-obvious presents

All too often, we try to match our presents to find a gift that perfectly sums up our opinion of a person. What happens then is that not only does the recipient end up with all similar presents, they may feel they’ve been stereotyped. Instead of buying the most obvious gift, look for something that suits a part of them that may lay a little deeper.

Subtle gifts

Gifts can be an important source of dominance, particularly if one is not in the position to reciprocate. There’s an old proverb that says: Small gifts make friends, great ones make enemies. While you might not make an enemy by giving an overly generous present, you do run the risk of embarrassing or insulting the recipient. A small but thoughtful gift may be the best option.

Observational gifts

Those that have mastered the art of observation often give great gifts, because they truly know what their loved one's’ interests are. People are constantly dropping hints about their likes and interests, you just have to be receptive. Even better is to look past the hints and find something they might not realise will benefit them.

Nostalgic gifts

Gifts that have nostalgic value are generally considered special. It may be a symbol of a past occasion, or a representation of a place of significance. Think back over the years of your relationship and see what springs to mind.

The gift they’ll never return

A Good Food Gift Card is a gift that’s a lot more special than your average stocking filler, and a gift that no one will ever return. You can choose how much you spend, opt for a dinner and movie combo, or purchase a gift pack that includes The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide or The Age Good Food Guide.

Personalise it

You can personalise the Good Food Gift Card by making some suggestions of participating restaurants you think your recipient would like, and finding out nearby activities they could add to create a truly memorable experience. You could even add a note that suggests they use it at a restaurant where you’ve shared a special occasion or promise to go with them on a night out if you think they’ll be wondering who to go with.

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.