I know. You're a good person. You're just a terrible gift giver. Or maybe they're a terrible gift receiver because they already own, hate or return everything. Plus you hate AI. Don't worry. It's all going to work out.
You have to figure out what gift to get because only once you do that will your panic attacks stop and only pop up when you really need them: when you're in actual danger or realize you're out of migraine medication.
It's very common; you just don't know what to buy & can't figure it out.
You don't even care anymore. You're ready to buy anything.
You know your niece enjoys basketball, slime and Tik Tok but you can't turn that knowledge into a gift idea. You might just get her a cocktail shaker and call it a day.
If you're reading this however - you want to do better. You want to give a good gift. A gift that will be passed around, admired and revered for it's perfect match for the recipient.
And it's easy.
In my own panicked trying to come up with gift ideas state the other night I thought - I wonder if the devilish, job-eating robot would know. And it did.
I went to the artificial intelligence site, logged in and gave it a shot.
Having worked with it before I know how to best use ChatGPT. You have to talk to it like it's a drunk bowling pin with a very high IQ.
The more specific you are with your ChatGPT requests the better the results will be. That's always the case, not just with gift buying tips. Sometimes though, ChatGPT gloms onto one of your words and only pays attention to it.
So you may need to fool around a little with the prompt.
I came up with a general formula that will work to give you ideas for presents no matter the recipient's age, relationship to you or where they live.
You *will* need to know a bit about your gift recipient though.
The Recipient Info
- Where they live
- Relationship to you
- Books they like
- Movies they like
- TV shows they like
- General tastes in home goods or clothing (antique, modern, colourful, expensive, eco-friendly, fair trade)
- Brands they like or do not like
Go to ChatGPT and login.
Copy and paste the below into the "message ChatGPT..." area. Fill in your own information before hitting enter.
Give me several Christmas gift ideas for my (insert recipient's relationship to you), (insert their name), who is (age) years old & lives in (city they live in). (He/she/they) is a (enter their occupation here). Their hobbies are (insert any interests or hobbies here - be specific). I have a budget of (add your budget). Include brands and specific items.
For example, your finished prompt would look like this:
Give me several Christmas gift ideas for my nephew, Fonzie, who is 20 years old & lives in a garage apartment in Barrie, Ontario. He is a mechanic. His hobbies and interests include motorcycles, fixing things, leather jackets, jeans, and sharks. He likes black and white clothing, white tee shirts and is proud of his of Italian heritage. I have a budget of $150. Include brands, specific items.
Go ahead and copy and paste my Fonz prompt into the robot and see what it comes up with.
After it generates your gift ideas and you've looked through them enter: Include some local items as well to the message spot. ( It's like a conversation so you don't need to re-tell it the other information. )
You'll see the difference between the two suggestions.
Now Try it for Yourself
Using my formula, fill in the blanks with your own information and give it a shot.
The more information you add about the recipient the better the suggestions will be. And the more specific you are with your request the better as well.
- Asking for the items to be local, or eco-friendly for example.
- Giving colour preferences.
- Asking to personalize the items will get you a range of personalized gift ideas.
- Adding favourite, books, authors and movies will help with gifts to read and watch.
- If the recipient is blind, a goth, hard of hearing, loves expensive things, or hand crafted items add that too. ChatGPT will take everything into consideration.
The first time I tried it was for a family member the other night. On my second prompt it came up with a fantastic idea, that even though it was fairly obvious, I never would have thought of. It will be the gift of the season for the recipient.
I can't tell you what it is or who it's for because my entire family reads my website hoping I will say something that can be used as the basis for a lawsuit later in life.
Is it the perfect solution to gift giving. I mean, it's not Santa, but Santa gave me a doll once for Christmas so he clearly can't be trusted all the time either.
Good luck and let me know how it goes.