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5 Gifts to Avoid

>> Dec 16, 2011

Toys for kids and gift certificates for adults: this is how a lot of usual Christmas gift exchanges go. And we’ve all received a lot of tired, boring gifts that end up in the trash or somewhere deep in a closet, forgotten forever. Do you want to avoid this happening to one of your gifts? Then avoid the five gifts below.

1. Scented candles

Scented candles are really only good for spas or people who tend to forget to pay their electricity bills. Women especially receive these way too often than they should. It’s not because they’re women that they like strongly (and often badly) scented things that are basically useless!

If it’s home décor you’re thinking about, get original home items instead. There’s a bunch of web sites with unique, handmade stuff (we’re thinking Etsy here) that will certainly be more interesting than the ordinary scented candle.

2. Cheap DVDs

This happens especially often in Secret Santa swaps with a price ceiling—5$ or 10$. Department stores like to get rid of their DVD stocks by selling them for 5$, but there must be a reason why they’re overstocked—the movie’s probably bad.

Instead, get them a month’s worth on Netflix. If your giftee watches a lot of movies, he or she will probably be happy to choose whatever they want instead of putting a bad movie in their collection.

3. Charity donations

Unless you’re absolutely, absolutely sure that your charity of choice matters to your giftee (and that a donation will make them more happy than an actual gift), then avoid making donations in their name. First, they might not be interested in the cause; second, well, it’s not really a gift to them.

If you really want to donate to a charity, buy an item whose proceeds go to a charity instead. Not only will you participate in a fundraising effort, but you will also be able to give a physical object to the person you care about.

4. Ties and socks
Guys always have an overflow of Christmas ties and socks they never wear. Both are way too ordinary to make a good gift (unless the tie is really expensive or you are sure it suits the tastes of your giftee). Socks are also especially bland and thoughtless.

If you want to go the fashion route, give a hat or a stylish scarf instead. It’s more original and too few guys actually bother to buy those themselves. Always keep the receipt with fashion gifts, since there’s always a risk the person will not like the color or the style.

5. Coffee mugs

Too many people suffer from the “too many silly coffee mugs” syndrome. Sure, some of them turn into collectors, but a coffee mug is a pretty bland gift, even for those who like coffee.

If your giftee is a coffee lover, buy actual coffee instead. Find some rare or more expensive coffee they wouldn’t buy for themselves. Chances are, they have more than enough mugs to drink it in anyway.

Can you think of amazing
Christmas hampers that contain none of the above items? With a little thought and originality, you will be able to find the perfect gift. Just don’t fall for the same old gift clichés./image:women24.com/

4 komentar:

Gerbang Info December 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM  

Dear Lina nice post and good tips about gifts to avoid, nice to see you and have a nice day

Cheqna December 16, 2011 at 10:51 AM  

I do have some scented candles that I received on certain occasions that I don't know what to do with..hehe..

But I'm okay with coffee mugs thou I prefer ones of places or occasions for my collections, not the silly2 ones.. :-)

Giga December 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

W naszej rodzinie robimy inaczej. Pytamy się co by chcieli znaleźć po choinką. Musi być wymienione kilka rzeczy. Kupujemy jedną z tych i wszyscy są zadowoleni. Niespodzianka i tak jest, bo nie wiedzą, którą wybraliśmy :-).Pozdrawiam i dziękuję za odwiedzenie mnie.
In our family we do otherwise. We ask what they wanted to see the Christmas tree. It must be mentioned a few things. We buy one of these and everyone is happy. Surprise and so, they do not know, we have chosen :-). I greet and thank you for visiting me.

BlogS of Hariyanto December 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

nice share post,
keep happy blogging for happy friday :)

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