Find out what is truly a need – funding a hobby, a grocery or other store card, a fun outing like to a skating rink and skate rental, movie tickets, lessons (skating, piano, guitar, horse riding, skiing, swimming, or whatever someone is interested in). You can pay for a rental package (ski/pole/boot, a condo stay, a lift ticket, ice skates, etc.). You can give memberships: a performing arts membership, a museum membership, a buying club membership, etc. You can give a “save the” bees, or turtles, or trees or some other cause. You can give a coupon of a service you can provide (a repair, a lesson, a dinner, for example).
You can give gifts of donations to national or world causes – books in developing areas, medicines, food, tools and such for cooking, housing, water filtration systems and such. You can put the donation in the gift recipient’s name. Some people cry and love them, others do not, so try to gauge the person that you give the gift to.
You can give a store coupon so the person can pick out what they want.
If the person is living in a small place without room, give only what he can fit and use, like a new coat to get rid of an old coat, or new sheets or towels to replace what he has. Or opt for coupons of grocery or restaurant, bookstore, music downloads, etc. Better not to give things that need a place to be stored or displayed. If you see a need, like something small missing in the kitchen, you can give that (I gave a cutting glove and a pastry cutter after a conversation about making pie dough with a fork, plus fear of getting cut while chopping) - minimalist gift sizes.
If you are thinking of giving a NFT (Non-fungible token) – which can be a piece of art which resides in the cloud – not a real tangible something you can feel or hold but a code file. It can be a photo, an audio, a video, or another digital type of property. You can display it on a device like a digital screen or computer. Make sure the recipient has ANY interest in such before gifting it. I was asked if I would want such and I said “no – I would rather have art that can hang on the wall as art (like a painting or drawing) – not a digitally made piece of art that would not exist if Internet or electricity go out.” It isn’t necessarily a protected piece – it can be shared, copied, and traded - just like any type of data entity. Seems like a lot of money to throw away for nothing tangible, but some people love it. It does not take up room though.
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