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I Hope You Saved the Receipt

Have you ever gotten a gift that didn’t meet your expectations? I think it’s safe to assume we have all been there. It’s awkward and uncomfortable and just not a nice place to be. But, another uncomfortable, perhaps more awkward position to be in is the giver of the gift that didn’t quite hit the mark.

As the recipient, you can pretend you liked the gift and play off your disappointment or confusion, but as the gift-giver all you can do is watch the train-wreck unfold and hope you didn’t permanently damage a relationship.

Some people might argue that a gift is not that important or that it’s the thought that counts and in some cases, that may be true. But in most situations people read a lot into the types of gifts you present them with and a poor choice could send a message you never intended to convey. So, be careful and put some thought into your gift. Save your gifts from the unkind fate of the re-gift or return pile with these tips.

Think about the recipient’s personality and preferences, as well as special memories, inside jokes or other experiences you have shared. Being given a gift with an underlying meaning is much more touching than being offered something that you had to spell out to someone.

Keep your ideas under wraps. It is really difficult to force a surprised reaction and isn’t it nicer to see someone’s genuine gratitude?

Add a special touch to personalize your gift. Even if you simply embellish the wrapping or hand make the card; personal touches show how much you care for someone.

Short on funds? No need to get all worked up perform an online search for “DIY gifts” and you will find waves of inspiration. Money does not make a gift special; use your strengths and talents. If you are a great songwriter compose a thoughtful tune. Have a knack for knitting? Create a purse or hat that cannot be found in the most exclusive boutique. For many, a handmade item holds more value than the most expensive present on any store shelf.


About kliichow

Kimberly Liichow is a freelance writer based in Panama City, FL. She has been writing virtually all of her life. Her earliest memories are of writing short stories, newsletters, poetry, and plays that she would cast friends and relatives to act out. As an adult she has enjoyed sharpening her skills and growing as a writer, though she admits she will never know all there is to know about writing. She is always willing to take on a new challenge and step out of her comfort zone. She prides herself on being creative and unique. She believes a person cannot find her purpose as an individual if she only follows the same road as everyone else. There are no dead ends, just opportunities to find an alternative path and while being unsure of what is to come can be a bit intimidating, it is also what keeps life interesting.


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