5 Don’ts for Christmas Gifts
Christmas gifts are wonderful and great at best, but sometimes you get a gift, that you can only interpret as an insult or as really unthoughtful. Here we are going to give you a short overview of the things you want to avoid, to make sure your christmas gifts are well received. So here are our 5 Don’ts for Christmas Gifts (with an emphasis on gift that you shouldn’t give to women).
1. Generic Gift Boxes (even when they’re expensive)
Generic gift boxes are a very dangerous gift to give, definitely if it’s going to be their only gift. The dangers of gift boxes are, that it’s difficult to find one that is perfect for one specific person. On top of the content problem, they’re is the problem that the receiver is very much aware of the fact that the gift is something that many other people are getting in the exact same form. I personnaly think that the worst gift boxes are ready made baking gift boxes, because they are very easy to put together yourself (which is a good idea). Because what is really the difference between giving someone a ready made box full of baking ingredients, and giving someone a bag of flour or sugar as a gift.
The majority of women would prefer getting something thoughtful and personal that maybe didn’t cost a lot, than getting a generic giftbox. I think the point is clear: Keep it personal. (And if you really have no clue, even a gift card is better than some random gift box.) Which brings me to the next of the don’ts for christmas gifts.
2. Gift Cards
Gift cards have the similar underlying issue as gift boxes, their only perk is that the receiver can use it in any way they want. But it still is a pretty crappy gift. Because again, it shows no effort, and that is really the gift you want to get sometimes, that someone made an effort for you. Now to redeem yourself, if you’ve already bought a gift card, you can always accompany it with a thoughtful letter or smaller gift. And I think, that again, the point is clear, don’t give something that shows or looks as though you didn’t put any effort into it.
3. Don’t ever give someone something expensive (thinking that it will be appreciated because of its pricetag)
This may sound like weird advise, but it is sound. You should never buy something expensive if you aren’t sure that they are going to appreciate it. This is a fault many men make, which seems as though they are assuming that all women are golddiggers (which we aren’t! At least not all of us.) You can’t ever think that you can replace thoughtfulness with money, because they are not equivalent.
But then again, if someone asks for something incredibly specific, which might have a hefty pricetag (for example a Kitchenaid), then don’t try to buy the cheaper of brand version or even a version that you think is better. If you’re not willing to buy that exact thing, then don’t give it at all. Just find some other gift that she’ll appreciate. And you can be honest if she would bring it up, as to why you didn’t buy it.
4. Household Items
And with that I don’t just mean the obvious don’ts for christmas gifts such as cleaning supplies. What I mean are thing that can’t really be considered as being hers or his. For example, my dad gave my mom storage bins and food containers for their first Christmas, worst of all, she didn’t even like the way they looked. Yet they have remained a part of my mom’s kitchen ever since. And they aren’t really hers, are they?
So be careful when you think of things he/she might use. Only get them if they can be considered exclusively theirs.
5. Exercise Gear or Accessories
This is again an obvious one in our lift of don’ts for christmas gift, yet it happens a lot. It is also an ambiguous one. Because it is perfectly fine to give someone who exercises or does sports regularly, but you really shouldn’t if they don’t. Giving someone exercise gear, if they don’t already work out (even if they say they want to start), is a huge no no. Just think of the message you are giving with it. You’re basically implying that they should start to work out, which is never a good idea to tell someone. So just don’t do it.
Hopefully this list of don’ts for Christmas gifts will help you in making sure that you choose the right gift this year.
If you are looking for a foolproof gift, make sure to check out our Top 5 Foolproof Christmas Gifts for Women under $50.