What most of us do have however is enough intelligence and enough time to come up with a unique gift idea that is tailored specifically for the recipient - it is this sort of strategic thinking that nearly always produces the best gift ideas, regardless of gender or the occasion.
Your goal should be to come up with a gift idea that you are confident the recipient will like or enjoy, then take it one step further by personalizing it with photos or designs that you know will say something special to them, turning your gift idea into something that you are confident they will cherish!
By putting in the time and effort, most of us are able to come up with our own really cool gift ideas that are generally very affordable, and thanks to the burgeoning photo gifts industry, easily accessible.
Let's take a closer look at the thought process; the first thing you need to find is an item that the recipient is likely to find useful, or perhaps a product they can display in their home or office with pride.
Is the recipient a man, woman or child?
Let's approach this one in age order - if you need a present for a new born or an expectant mother, a good choice may be a small fleece blanket. For a toddler, maybe a Teddy Bear would make a nice gift. As the kids get a little older, they are sure to have an interest in computers and other technology; a dog tag USB flash drive combo would therefore probably make a good gift idea.
When it comes to women, you become completely spoiled for choice - there are so many custom gifts to choose from it's almost impossible to know where to start! Some of the more obvious options include various photo bags - handbags, tote bags, cosmetics bags, toiletries bags etc. Or you may want to consider jewelry and watches; then of course there are the old favorites, coffee mugs, porcelain plates, umbrellas..... the list goes on and on!
Again you have a lot of choice when it comes to men; maybe they need a new wallet, how about some golf accessories, divot tools, hat clips and golf ball markers? Perhaps a new watch is something they may need? Then of course there are the normal suspects, namely keychains, money clips or of course cufflinks.
Additionally, one of the best gift ideas around at the moment is a personalized iPhone or iPad case - these cases make fantastic gift ideas for men, women and any child that's lucky enough to own their own Apple device!
What are their interests?
OK, we've discussed some of the many gifts available to you - it's now time to take a quick look at some design ideas you may want to consider - don't forget, it is the design you put on your gift that is going to give it its uniqueness and turn it into a really special and meaningful gift!
For the baby blanket suggested earlier, the perfect design could be a photo of the baby or even a collage of baby photos - as far as young parents are concerned it just doesn't get any better than that!
For toddlers and young children, how about a photo of themselves with their name on it, or what about their favorite cartoon character? For older children, pictures of boyfriends, girlfriends or their favorite rock bands always go down a treat!
For women you need look no further than pictures of the children, or designs color coordinated to match their favorite outfits.
Finally for men, photos of their cars, pictures of their favorite sports team; or maybe their golf club logo?
These suggestions are by no means an extensive list; they are just supposed to be enough to get your creative juices flowing.