With the holiday season upon us, I find it fitting to write about this.
I love getting gifts. I enjoy it as much as you do. Admit it: you love getting gifts. Not to sound materialistic, but they are one of the best reasons for the season.
But what about gifts that we hate?
Useless gifts are the bane of the gift-giving season. They are unenjoyable, sometimes thoughtless, and without a doubt, tragic.
The most worthless gift to me is a gift card to a store I rarely/never shop at. Like the Gap. I don’t shop at the Gap, so please don’t get me a gift card from the Gap. It’s not too much to ask, is it?
So, here’s an important tip: get people gift cards from stores they can use them at. Not stores they can’t.
I also hate receiving clothes that don’t fit, or are completely out of my style zone. They suck because I’m never going to wear them, and I end up having to return them for something I will wear. That’s not the point of a gift. The point is to get something the person will use/wear/cherish. At least, that’s what I believe.
I really try to get useful gifts for people. If you can’t think of anything useful for me, just don’t get me anything. Or give me money. Money is thoughtless, but it will allow me to buy something useful. Therefore, in essence, you have given me something useful, which fulfills at least one aspect of gift-giving. Right?
Anything edible is out of the question too. It’s thoughtless. Candy doesn’t do anything for me. It’s a useless, wasteful gift that nobody will really care about or remember. Why bother?
Take it upon yourself this holiday season to buy useful, thoughtful gifts. Really try to get something people will enjoy to open. After all, the look on someone’s face when they get a gift they like is much different (more fulfilling to you) than when they get a gift they hate. Put some thought into your gifts.