The custom of gift giving is well rooted in human culture the world over. We all find ourselves picking our brains while searching (whether physically or online) for "the perfect gift".
Some seem to have a natural knack for finding unusual gifts which surprise their recipients and become more memorable. Most of us tend not to take chances and stick with more mainstream type of objects that we know will be appreciated.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Unusual Gifts
There are several advantages to being able to think of original gift ideas and easily find suitable unusual gifts.
For example, when bringing a gift on an occasion upon which the gift's recipient will be receiving many other gifts, unusual gifts will stand out among the rest and earn whoever brought them with extra recognition.
Another, rather fun, benefit is that being able to find unusual gifts allows for substantial savings on our gift giving budget. An unusual gift is measured much more by how right and refreshing it is and less attention is focused on how much it cost.
The main disadvantage of unusual gifts is the chance we inevitably take that the gift's recipient will just plain not like our gift. When choosing among items we know the gift recipient is familiar with we are on pretty safe ground. When bringing a main stream type of gift its recipient will acknowledge our efforts even if it turns out they do not care for the specific object we brought or that they already own one.
Since unusual gifts are just that, unusual, it is quite possible that their recipient will not understand why we thought they may like such a gift, they may even be offended.
Taking the Necessary Precautions
Due to the risk involved in bringing unusual gifts, as described above, it is advisable to take measures to ensure our efforts to find an original gift will not backfire.
Among these measures we could seek guidance and assistance from someone who is well acquainted with the gift's recipient. Another way to ensure our unusual gift will be appreciated is to solicit information from the gifts intended recipient (about their relevant preferences) while being careful not to expose our intentions.