Technology is a touchy subject for many people. For some, they bask in the wonderful technology that exists today and embrace it with open arms. In contrast, others prefer the simplicity of using their phone to make calls and sending or receiving text messages. Some believe that if you don’t want to spend all your time browsing through social media or playing video games, there’s no need for new technology.
Then you have those who think anything about technology from the past 10 years should be thrown out immediately because it’s just a ploy by companies to get us hooked on needing newer and better products as soon as possible so that we can keep throwing money at them.
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts for our loved ones. However, when it comes to our great aunts, things can get a little tricky because not everyone is up to date on the latest technology trends. If your great aunt falls into the latter category, then she probably hates anything to do with technology.
On the one hand, you don’t want to give her something that will be quickly outdated and become irrelevant in a few years. On the other hand, you also don’t want to give her something too flashy or expensive because she might not even appreciate it. So what do you do?
1. Schedule a phone call with her
One of the best ways to get a good gift idea is by asking your aunt herself. If she’s willing to talk, schedule a phone call and ask her what she likes to do in her free time. This can be anything from watching movies at home or going out for lunch on Sundays with family members.
After you’ve figured out what she enjoys, you can then buy her something related to it. We all know that technological advancements have made our daily lives easier, so think about items you might already own yourself that would make your great aunt happy while still leaving some room for personal preference.
2. Ask if she has any specific hobbies that could benefit from an upgrade
This is where you need to do some research about your aunt. People with hobbies tend to have favorite pieces of equipment that always come along for the ride. If this is the case, think about what those items might be and if they could use an upgrade.
For example, does she love going on long bike rides but hates how quickly her phone dies? A portable charger would be a great gift! Nowadays, it’s easy to buy these gadget accessories online. Pick a suitable one and then have it delivered by a COD courier.
3. Get her a time capsule filled with various items from her past
The way technology has advanced can make us feel as though we move forward at lightning speed. In reality, life is made up of moments from our pasts that shape who we are today and memories that keep us grounded in reality when things go haywire.
Instead of giving your aunt a gift that will eventually become outdated, give her a time capsule that contains items from her past that she can use to reminisce on days gone by. Be sure to check with her before going out and buying anything because some people would prefer not to see any reminders of their past lives.
4. Look for ways to customize the gifts you buy for her
If all else fails, look for ways in which you can customize the gift you’ve gotten for your great aunt, who hates technology so that it’s still special without being too flashy or expensive. For example, if you get her a plain T-shirt from a local store, add text and images yourself using iron-on transfer sheets and an iron. This will show her that you took the time to personalize the gift just for her, and she’ll be sure to appreciate it.
5. Ask if there’s anything she actually wants
When all else fails, the best gift you can give anyone is a gift they truly want. If your great aunt has been hinting at wanting something, consider asking for more specific details on what you should buy her so that it’s a guaranteed hit. You could also ask her friends or family members to get their input because they’ll know exactly what your great aunt wants without even trying if she tends to open up about what she likes and dislikes around them.
In short, don’t feel bad about not being able to figure out the perfect gift if there’s nothing that seems good enough for someone who means so much to you. While knowing what to get can be frustrating, asking for help or doing your research will ensure that you make the right decision in the end.
In the end, it’s important to remember that not everyone is as into technology as others are. So even if your great aunt falls into the latter category, don’t feel discouraged from getting her a gift! Just take some time to think about what she might like and go from there. Happy shopping!