How to give a gift that’s too good to be regifted.
Last week I wrote about regifting and it seems to me that in most cases regifting is the result of either little thought, no thought or incorrect thoughts of what the giver thinks the receiver likes. In general people don’t set out to buy a bad gift, they may have limited resources and time which can set a gift on it’s regifting journey.
When buying for the office kris kringle there are so many things to consider, the most common being “what can I get for $20 that won’t land me in the offices of the H.R manager?”.
The joke gift you thought was hilarious in the store may not be received warmly by someone who doesn't share your sense of humour or has no sense of humour. The humble scratchie ticket gift pack has the potential to ruffle feathers when there is a win. To share a winning or not to share winnings are the words that are unspoken, yet on the tip of the tongue.
Buying a gift
To help with your gift shopping I’ve put together some ideas to consider before you buy:
- When buying a book find out what genre the other person likes and if they have any favourite authors. If you’re able to, have a look at their book shelf.
- Find out if the other person has allergies if you plan on giving food related items.
- For someone you know you could give them something that fixes a problem.
- If you know the person well think about what puts a smile on their face
Buying the right gift does take a little bit of investigative work, though asking a question or 2 or having a look at someones desk, home and or car can make your gift buying stress-less and enjoyable.
- When buying for someone you don’t know well, look for something that can be added to a collection or form the beginning of one, surely everyone wants a paper robot!
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