Bad Gift Giver Guide: 7 Ways to Give Better Gifts
Are you a chronically bad gift giver? Find out why, plus snag a few tips and tricks to up your gift-giving game this holiday season.
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Great Gift Giving is Easier Than You Think
Bad Gift #1: The Too-Practical Gift
Yes, everyone needs new socks now and then. But do they really want them as a gift? Practical presents such as basic clothing, personal hygiene products or utility items like ironing boards and toasters aren't necessarily bad (you did pay attention to your loved one's needs, after all), but they definitely won't be talked about for years to come.
What to Give Instead: A Two-for-One Gift
Give your practical present a boost by pairing it with something your loved one really wants, but wouldn't normally buy for him or herself. For example, if the reason they need new socks is because they're an avid runner, wrap up the socks with a pair of new running shoes.
Bad Gift #2: The Over-the-Top Item
What to Give Instead: An Experiential Gift
Bad Gift #3: The All About Me Gift
What to Give Instead: Something From Their List
Bad Gift #4: The Last-Minute Gift
It's 5 p.m. the day before the holiday and you have yet to buy a single present. In a mad frenzy, you dash to your local convenient store and buy up anything of value: candy, razors, cheap electronics. It goes without saying that these less-than-stellar gifts aren't going to be the hits of your holiday party.