Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Choose Your Own Gifts

Everyone knows it feels good to receive gifts. It doesn’t matter if they are expensive; they just have to be there. Gifts are an effective way of showing that we care for someone. Of course, the price matters less than the manner in which we give them.

Behind every good gift is someone who worked hard to make a good choice. The key to buying the perfect gift is thinking about the kind of message you want to send when the receiver opens it. If you remember his or her hobbies or vacation plans, etc., it means you really thought about that person and bought the gift exactly for that reason.

Another kind of person exists who loves to make presents and who buy a lot of stuff without a specific person in mind. They wait for the right occasion to surprise someone. Such undetermined gifts can be items such as a nice watch, a pen, a scarf, a planner or a CD. They are good gifts, and when you must attend an unscheduled party, you don’t have to worry about what to buy. Some things to remember when picking gifts without a pre-determined receiver are to choose useful things that people often don’t buy for themselves and to choose gender-neutral presents because you don’t know whether it will go to a man or a woman.

Another thing about gifts wrapping them. Wrapping can be a major issue for a successful present. Although what’s inside might not be too interesting or original, a nice box will make a difference. Be as creative as possible. If you can give only a keychain, put it in a bag full of his or her favorite candies.

If you have to go shopping for Christmas presents or other occasions when you must buy many gifts, divide them into three categories; family, friends and formal gifts for people you don’t really care about but still must exchange gifts with. After you divide the categories, list the people who will receive the gifts, so that you know how many people there are and how much money you will need.

If you’re don’t know what kind of gift might be the appropriate for a certain event, remember that family members often like to receive personal things (new toothbrush, socks, clothes, etc.), friends appreciate humor, and people with whom you have a formal relationship might admire presents that demonstrate attentiveness and good taste.

Also, when shopping for gifts, don’t forget that it is important to pay attention to details, such as the profession of the people to receive the gift, the colors he or she likes to wear and what size. Be efficient – if you’re buying gifts for your co-workers, don’t hesitate to buy the same thing for more than one of them.

Now all you have to worry about is your budget, but don’t forget – the more you give away, the more you get.

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