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The Rules of Good Gift Giving

Nov 27, 2007
Did your parents ever give you advice on gift giving? Did they tell you what to buy and what not to buy for people on your gift list? If they were like mine, they gave good advice on many subjects but they were not experts on everything. Here is a list of tips for giving the right gift every time to you family and friends, including you wise, sage like parents.

It is not always a good idea to give a woman an appliance as a gift. It is a message that they should be spending time cooking and cleaning. For some women, they may like to spend hours in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. However, most women are pretty clear what they want as a gift. The exception to this rule is when you buy an appliance as a wedding gift. Appliances are usually listed on gift registries if you are unsure.

Have you ever given a really cheap gift to someone, only for him or her to make a strained smile? Do you like cheap gifts? Other people do not like them either. Cheap does not always mean expensive. It can mean that is was poorly made or lacked style or pizzazz. Spend time shopping and pick a nice gift rather than sending the message that you are a tightwad or that you did not care enough to get the person a nice gift.

You do not have to spend a million dollars to but the right gift. Make sure you spend the time to buy the right gift. If the person has no use or is not interested in the gift, it will be put away and forgotten. Not only have you wasted your money, but the person really did not get much of a thrill receiving the gift. You can choose inexpensive gifts that have a special meaning or invoke a special memory you shared.

Every time they look at the gift or use the gift, they will be reminded of that special time you shared with them

Laughter is the best medicine. Gifts do not have to so formal and serious. This is unless they have asked for a specific gift. Try to find gifts that are silly and fun. Do not give someone a gift to see the smile on his or her face. You can make a person's day by giving them a gift that will make them laugh now and throughout the day. A good silly gift will have them laughing and smiling for a long time.

Did your parents ever tell you never to give money as a gift? Did they tell you that money showed that you did not care or showed poor taste? Who does not like money? Sometimes a person wants to buy something that is more expensive than what one person would buy. If they get money, they can add it together and spend it on what they want too. Money is appropriate for someone that you do not know well, children's birthday parties and especially weddings. In some cultures, money is expected as a gift at a wedding.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for flowers and gift advice. When shopping for flowers and gifts, we recommend you shop only at the best online stores that specialize in weddings, love, romance, gift baskets, flowering plants, roses, rubies, diamonds, and pearls.
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