The Art of Gift-Giving
Each year, the holiday season seems to speed by. It doesn’t help that stores are constantly preparing for the next holiday. I’m surprised someone hasn’t invented decorations that encompass all of the holiday in one. It could save a lot of time and money. Due to the early advertising, Thanksgiving often gets overlooked. We should all spend time enjoying each holiday, so we don’t get caught by the blur of the holiday season. Don’t forget to spend time with your family, friends and loved ones.
If you haven’t started already, save some money for gifts. The best gifts are planned and well-thought-out. There’s nothing worse than giving someone a gift they can’t enjoy. For example, I would never give my roommate peanut brittle because she has a peanut allergy.
I’ve always struggled when it comes to gift-giving. I want to impress and give nice gifts, but at the same time, I want to shop within my means. I’ve found it helpful to set a price range when you’re exchanging, so that one gift does not greatly exceed another. An example of this would be me giving someone an iPad and them giving me a card. You can avoid this awkward situation by establishing an agreed-upon price range. Practical gifts are great because you know they will be put to use. Last year, I gave my mom a teakettle and loose-leaf tea. This WuMo comic shows another example of a practical gift.
Sometimes all I have to do is spend a little time with her to figure out what she wants or needs. You’d be surprised how much someone can reveal without directly asking them what they want. Plus where’s the fun in that? It would ruin the surprise if they knew what you were giving them. For other people, like my brother, I have to snoop around to see if there are any clues on what he might want.
Also, proper re-gifting etiquette suggests you re-gift in a different circle of people, otherwise, you’re bound to hurt someone’s feelings.
On your hunt for the perfect gift, remember what’s truly special about this time of year because it’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress and chaos of the holidays. Keep in mind that gift-giving can be a variety of things. Some people give money, while others give time, and some people prefer to make homemade gifts. What type of gift-giver are you?