The other day, I was searching around my washroom for something when I found an unused Christmas gift I had received. It was one of those relaxation gift baskets filled with a variety of items that I, personally, would never use. So I proceeded to take it, wrap it back up and carry it into the basement where all my other useless gifts are, waiting to be re-gifted.
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but seriously, what is with people and the pointless gifts they buy? Oh, how nice, 15 jars of candles I’ll never light. Thanks for the soap! I totally asked Santa for this exact bar! To tell you the truth, the basket wasn’t filled with anything that would make me relax. In fact, candles only increase my level of stress due to the possibility of my house burning down.
I’m not saying that no one would want a relaxation basket, but the point is, this holiday season, before you buy a gift ask yourself, “Will the gift receiver really like this or is it just me who thinks that this is a great gift?” If there’s any hesitation, don’t buy it! If you do, chances are that gift will just be rewrapped and re-gifted, given away or thrown out.
The worst part is that when you spend hours shopping to find the perfect gift for that friend or family member and take the time to think about what they really would want, they return the favour with something that you would never use or hinted that you ever wanted. Then, you have to fake enthusiasm and seem all happy as if soap or a candle was totally what you wanted for Christmas.
So, this Christmas, let’s just all take a moment before we snatch that $4.99 green tea bliss candle off the shelf. Count to 10, put the candle back and spend a couple of minutes thinking up a proper gift for that friend or family member. Trust me, they will appreciate it and it will mean your gift won’t end up in the re-gift pile for next Christmas!Login or register to post comments. All comments have to go through a queue for approval to keep the nasty stuff out, but we'll post yours as soon as we can.