‘Tis the season of giving.
But not all of us have the luxury of time, so that we’re done gift-shopping as early as October. Or the luxury of wealth, so that we’re not constrained by budget. Or the gift of gifting, so that all recipients of your gifts jump with joy when they open the package.
I’m no expert in gift-giving either. I’ve had my share of tacky gifts, both as giver and receiver. So here are some small lessons I’ve learned through experience, or the experiences of friends, for a hopefully disaster-free gift giving season:
1. Regift with caution. if you don’t like a present, pass it on to another family member who might like it (cross your fingers, eyes and toes he/she doesn’t hit you with it, if it’s that tacky!), the house help (I find my ates just love it when I give them stuff), the friendly neighborhood mailman or street-sweeper. Or donate it to charity. I’m pretty sure the gift is not that bad and, somehow, someone in this big world will find some good use for it.
There are instances, though, when regifting is permissible – such as when you pass on to your niece a totally acceptable but so girlie gift that your son gets.
2. If you must regift, follow the cardinal rule of regifting – don’t get caught. Do not do it within the same circle of people from which the gift came. Well… unless of course you want the giver to know how tacky/unwanted the gift is. (But I find that kinda mean and so not-in-the-Christmas-Spirit… ). Besides, the truth finds beautiful/amusing/shocking ways of letting itself out.
Which leads us to… Continue reading Six tiny tips for a disaster-free gift giving season