Christmas is upon us. And while many of us will find ourselves amid a gift-buying frenzy, it’s important to remember that there are some unspoken rules.
We’ve seen the adage of ‘some money is better than no money when it comes to Christmas presents. And while this is undoubtedly true, it’s time to stop and think about what we’re really accomplishing when we buy a special gift for someone.
Here are some unspoken rules for giving gifts for Christmas this year.
1. The price of the gift should match the relationship with the recipient
Some economists say that we spend as much time researching a gift online. And when it comes to your existing family, friends, and co-workers, your ‘relationship’ with them should also be reflected in the price and not just based on how much money you have to spend.
2. Don’t buy gifts for Christmas that cost more than $100
It’s probably not worth it. Your friend might not respond to it, let alone enjoy it. Instead, try to get creative by finding great gifts for Christmas for under $100, and you’ll be surprised how well-received everyone will be.
3. It’s okay to give cash as a gift
In the past, gift-giving was all about the big items. You buy it, wrap it and give it to someone. However, cash is one good option because it shows that you care enough to get something meaningful. Furthermore, it demonstrates that you’re thinking of them and not just your own wants and desires this holiday season.
4. Find something sentimental and meaningful
It might be a nice picture frame that has a picture of the two of you or a gift certificate for dinner with them. On the other hand, it might be more personalized like a t-shirt that says “best friends” or even something more adventurous like tickets to go do something you know that they will enjoy!
5. Don’t give gifts you don’t know
You might think it’s a great idea, but don’t do it. It seems insignificant to you, but it can be seen as offensive and insulting when you don’t know the person that well. Also, make sure that you consider what they might want, given your relationship with them as well.
6. Avoid gifts that are difficult to wrap or carry home
Be practical when it comes to selecting your surprise gift. Instead of a pair of shoes, maybe they’d prefer some candles. Or it might be better to consider that you’re going to need a gift receipt for them.
7. Don’t get overly personal or intimate with the gift box
This might be seen as a ‘cheap gift,’ but giving your friend a scarf that you bought last year from Target is not bad at all. You can still make it creative, unique, fun, and thoughtful.
8. Be cautious about buying for your single friends
If you’re unsure whether they can use the gift set, never even bother getting it for them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
9. Don’t antagonize a person
If you know someone isn’t going to like the gift set, don’t even bother. It will just end up being an embarrassment for them.
10. Don’t ever be rude to someone buying their gift
You know it’s coming, but don’t make it obvious that you think it sucks. If they get offended, so will you by association, and so will they by how you act when giving them their present.
Now that you know these unspoken rules when it comes to giving gifts for Christmas, you’ll be surprised by how relieved you will feel giving a great gift to someone that they’ll enjoy and appreciate.
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