|How to keep Gift Giving
from being a Chore!|
By Carol Allen
There are many obstacles, which keep people from enjoying the process of buying and giving gifts, such as waiting until the last minute, not knowing what to buy for the person that has everything or not knowing how much to spend. We have suggestions to remedy all these dilemmas.
To begin with you need to have a system to keep up with important dates on which you would give gifts. One suggestion is a reminder service which will send you a reminder in the mail about a week before important dates. The following link is an excellent reminder service that is very affordable and efficient.
http://members.aol.com/giftwareh/bizcard2/index.htm - You can submit unlimited names and occasions to keep up with
all gift giving occasions. This way you will avoid scrambling
at the last minute to buy a gift. Even if you know the person
well that you are buying a gift for, waiting until the last
minute and just getting something just to be "getting something"
can be very impersonal. Gift giving is an opportunity to express
our feelings for someone we care for.
Buying a gift for someone who "already has everything" can be tricky. A suggestion for a gift in this situation would be to give something personal such as an engraved pen set, a nice photo frame or a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant. Think of things that you know they already like and that they canít have enough of. They will appreciate your taking the time to pick out something that you know they already enjoy.
How much to spend is can also be tricky. If you spend too much, your gift may be taken as inappropriate or the receiver may feel obligated to spend more money on you than they can afford when it is their turn to buy you a gift. Small gifts that are high quality are much better received than if you spend a lot of money on something they may or may not need or want. For instance, if the person you are buying a gift for plays golf, give them a golferís multi-function knife and have it engraved with their initials. You can find this at http://giftwarehouse.com You will spend less than $20 dollars and the quality and personalization will make this a much-appreciated gift.
A word about wedding presents since buying gift for a wedding are one of the most popular gift giving occasions is to take the time to find out where the bride registered. Then chose a gift that you can afford. Donít spend more money than you budget allows just to impress the bride and/or groom. If you would like to get more gift for your money you can shop on-line at http://giftwarehouse.com. Select a gift which can be duplicated and still useful. Some suggestions on bridal favorites, which several are, needed are: silver serving trays, quality wood photo frames, wall or mantle clock and quality travel/overnight bag. Any of these gifts are very useful, inexpensive and can be duplicated. If your budget allows invest in quality stainless steel cookware.
Gift giving should be an enjoyable experience and not a chore. Plan ahead, take the time to think about the receiverís lifestyle and buy quality gifts. Quality doesn´t have to be expensive.