If you are having a tough time deciding what to give as a birthday present and make it look brilliant then you are in a good company. That is how I used to feel, even until now because it is really hard at times to catch up with all the changes. I am not only referring to trend or hype but more to changes that happen to a person.
For example, right now my daughter is four years old. Believe it or not, the thing she wants the most for her birthday is an iPhone. She is greatly influenced by her uncle and auntie who always allow her to mess around with all the games and entertaining application in their mobile phones.
Giving her what she wants right now would be very brilliant, right?
If that is the case then I would simply ask for a Ferrari on my birthday from my wife and in return, she will ask me for the shopping trip to Paris or New York in return.
Again, this sounds really brilliant but coming back to reality; are all these feasible?
It is true that to come up with brilliant gifts ideas for birthdays, all we need to do is ask but more often than not, we do not like the answer we get. Asking is good but only to serve as a guide to what we need to consider.
In the case of my daughter, I now know that she likes digital entertainment, and perhaps something with a small size. Immediately these two things come to my mind; a mobile PlayStation or a Game Boy. These two have what my daughter wants and they are much cheaper than the phone.
The point that I am trying to make right now is this: explore the concept behind the answer you get when asking someone what he or she want for the birthday and adjust your gift accordingly to the preference. It is not hard to do and the best payoff is you probably win the favor of coming up with the best gift ever.
What else can you do to search for ideas?
You can observe what that person collect. If they display something and talk enthusiastically about it, obviously they are attracted to it.
You can also talk to their close counterpart. They might know what you could come up as the best gift since they know the person a bit better. But this is a generalization, of course, because I do come across couples who have no ideas what each other like best.