Author: Whitney Hollingshead
The gift giving season often presents some interesting challenges. Here are five common challenges and some great tips on how you can overcome each one.
1. For the Person Who Doesn’t Want Anything
Every year you probably encounter someone who tells you “Oh, I don’t need anything this year.” The odds are you are going to get this person something no matter what they tell you, so what should you get? Here are a few gifting tips that should help:
Go Sentimental – pick a gift that connects to memories shared together such as a board game you both enjoyed as children or a mix CD of songs that relate to inside jokes.
Focus on Frequent Use – select an item that this person will use or already uses often. For example, if you notice a commonly used item is getting worn out, purchase a replacement.
Make it Fun – choose a “frivolous” gift that this person will love, but would never spend money on, simply because the gift is not a necessity.
2. For the Person Who Has Everything
Do you have someone on your list who buys everything they want before you can purchase it for them? Do you know someone who literally has every gift you’ve already considered? Check out the strategies listed below:
Focus on Favorites – if this person loves the Denver Broncos, they would most likely appreciate more Bronco gear. If this person loves dark chocolate, fill a basket with tasty treats.
Add a Personal Touch – pick a photo from the past year and put the picture in a nice frame.
Purchase Tickets – give this person a set of tickets to a cultural event, concert, sports game, etc. Focus on activities you know this person will enjoy and don’t expect them to take you with the extra ticket.
3. For the Person Who is Very Picky
Year after year you keeping giving gifts to someone who either complains loudly or asks for the receipt to return the gift. This person can easily drive you mad. The best solution may seem to be a gift card or cash; however, this person may complain that you didn’t spend enough, you picked the wrong store, or that this type of gift is so impersonal.
The key with this person is to accept that you may never succeed in finding an acceptable gift. The receiver of the gift should be gracious, no matter what gift you give them. So do your best to choose a gift and do not take it personally when this person complains again.
4. For the Person Who Has Expensive Taste
You’re on a tight budget, but your boss and sister-in-law both have very expensive taste. While this person may want a luxury car like one of these, you can barely afford a scented air freshener for the car. You don’t want to feel inferior in your gift giving, but you also really want to stay on budget this year.
Focus on giving this person a gift that money cannot buy. This gift may be a personalized service you can offer to them, a special gift that you can make by hand, or maybe even the gift of your time. Remember that giving gifts really shouldn’t be about spending a lot of money.
5. For the Person Who Lives Far Away
Perhaps you have family members and friends who live across the country that you won’t be able to see for Christmas, but you would still like to send a gift. Here are some tips to consider:
Buy Online – purchase the gift from a website that offers free shipping and gives you the option of including a gift message with the shipment. Some sites will also offer gift wrapping services.
Use Flat Rate Shipping Boxes – visit your local post office and examine the flat rate shipping boxes before you shop. Choose your box and then purchase gifts that you can fit into the box.
Personal Delivery Service – is another friend or family member traveling to visit this person for the holidays? Ask them if they are willing to put your gift in their suitcase.
Keep it Practical – if you are deciding between a few different gifts, choose the gift that is easier to get to the recipient. For example, a book is much easier to send than a handcrafted wall hanging.
Even in the face of gift giving challenges, do not allow yourself to get caught up in the stress of the process. Use the tips above, make your shopping experience fun, and enjoy the rest of the holiday season.
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