Dec 12, 2011

7 Gifts To Avoid This Holiday

The best gift you can give is a hug: one size fits all and no one ever minds if you return it

With Christmas almost at our doorstep, many will be in a panic to rush out and buy a present for loved ones.  If your loved ones  haven't given you a wish list full of gift ideas this holiday season, you might be at a bit of a loss for what to give them. If you're considering any of the following seven presents, you might want to rethink your gift-giving plan.

According to this article I just read here are 7 items that should be on a no-no list.

Household AppliancesShe may have expressed her desire for a fancy Dyson vacuum cleaner or a convenient KitchenAid mixer sometime this year, but that doesn't make a household appliance a good gift idea. No woman wants to be reminded of household chores or think you're thinking of her as the one who does the cooking and cleaning when she opens her gift.

A Pet

Even if you think your little ones are ready for a puppy or kitten, save pet adoption for after the holidays. With guests visiting your house, holiday decorations on display, and myriad other distractions during the week, it's the worst time to try and introduce a small animal to its new home. A pet is a serious committment.  If you don't think you have the time for one then it's not for you.

Jewelry You've Seen on a TV Commercial

Despite the plethora of television commercials with messages to the contrary, most women do not want a heart-shaped pendant from a chain jewelry store. If your loved one is an accessory lover, opt for something special and one-of-a-kind from an independent jewelry designer.

Gift Baskets

The one thing there's never a lack of during the holidays is food. From cookies, candies, and fruitcakes to ham, mashed potatoes, and gravy, there's always something to pop in our mouths in the last weeks of the year. That's why no one needs any more food coming their way. While a nice gift basket full of cured meats, cheese spreads, fruit, and candy might be delicious, there's already more than enough to eat without giving someone more.

A Sweater

There's no denying a cashmere sweater is a nice thing, but opening a box and discovering a plain sweater is sort of dull. Plus, the chances of getting the exact style, size, and color the recipient would prefer is slim. Instead, add a nice cashmere scarf or pair of gloves to your loved one's stocking.

Credit Card Gift Cards

While a nice shiny Amex or Visa gift card sounds like a great gift idea, it can be a hassle for the recipient to use. They're processed as credit cards with a limit of whatever is loaded on the card so it can be difficult to use them for purchases that exceed that amount. And most of these cards have an activation fee you'll have to pay at the point of purchase. Instead, opt for cash or a gift card to a store you're certain your recipient likes to shop in.


merry christmas all:)

Most women love pretty lingerie, but let's face it, if you're a man buying a woman lingerie, the gift is as much for you as it is for her. And, if you're opening gifts in mixed company, it could be really embarrassing for the recipient. Save the sexy underthings for a Valentine's Day gift and get her something she really wants this holiday season.

As for me I love presents just like anyone else.  My recommendation to all of you.  If you do not want to be disappointed with your present, (who are we kidding, one way or another you will be getting a present from the one you love or from a loved one), just make sure you are very specific as to what you want.  So it may not be a surprise, but at least you will be getting what you want.  Now many out there do know how to surprise their loved ones.  For instance take Arvid, most of the time he surprises me with what I least expect and it never fails to please me, but the best present I can ever have is that card from he and Brutus...That's what I look forward to the most and to all the wonderful expressions of loved filled in best present!

You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.... 

until next time...