Think of the Recipient
One of the common mistakes most people make when gifting is sending items that they feel the recipient should have. Choosing a gift for someone based on your needs or what you’d prefer is not the right way to go. Instead, think of the recipient to find out what kind of gift would be best for him or her.
For example, if your workmates love reading novels, you can gift them a subscription to a book exchange club. In this case, gifting your workmates a Netflix subscription just because you feel they need to relax and enjoy movies as you do would not be thoughtful.
Your loved ones can provide telltale signs of the kind of gifts that would be best for them. Simply think about what they love doing or consider what they’ve been conversing about recently. For instance, if your children have wanted to go camping, you can gift them a sleeping bag or a tent.
The best gifts to give are those that would complement the recipients’ lifestyle or help them to achieve their goals.
It’s Not a Gifting Competition
Gifting should not be a tit-for-tat contest. You should not gift a person simply because they sent you a gift. On the same note, you should not try to get a present that is similar in form or value to the one you have received.
Gifting is all about appreciating a person. This doesn’t mean going for the most expensive present you can afford. Sometimes, a handmade gift would mean much more to a person than an expensive gift that does not align with their values.
For example, imagine buying a vegetarian friend a $200 fur jacket! While the gift may be fashionable and expensive, the fact that the person is against killing animals for their products would make the present useless and inconsiderate.
Do not feel pressured to give a gift that you cannot afford simply because you were given an expensive one.
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