Present Pains: Don’t Make These Gift-Giving Errors

For some people, buying gifts is easy. They seem to be able to think of great ideas for everyone all of the time. Christmas and birthdays certainly aren’t a struggle for them! Unfortunately, though, this isn’t the case for all of us. There are lots of people out there who can never seem to think of a brilliant gift for their nearest and dearest. Christmas and birthdays can quickly turn into a nightmare as you spend hours and hours trawling through shops and online stores. It’s so difficult when inspiration refuses to strike, isn’t it?

But buying presents for others doesn’t always have to be such a difficult task. It can be easy to find gift inspiration if you know where to look for it. For instance, if you know what your friend’s favorite hobby or pastime is, then you could use this to give you some ideas. Alternatively, think about their favorite movie, food, or book, and you could use that as a jumping-off board for all your ideas.

Of course, there is one reason why some people always find it difficult to buy gifts for others – it’s because they constantly make the same mistakes. It can be easy to fall into some gift-giving errors when you are looking for a present for someone. These might result in you buying something that is completely inappropriate for the recipient. To help you out next time it’s a friend’s birthday, here are some of the biggest gift-giving mistakes that we all make. Make sure you don’t put your foot in it again!

Not Buying According To Age

First of all, it’s important to consider the recipient’s age. It’s always a good idea to buy something that is age appropriate. This is especially important when it comes to buying presents for children. After all, you don’t want to offend the parents by getting them a gift that they don’t think is appropriate for their child! In fact, if you are buying for a child, it’s probably best to ask their parents for some ideas of gifts that they think would be appropriate. The age-appropriate rule also applies when buying for older recipients as well. You don’t want to make the error of buying an adult something that is aimed at a slightly younger generation.

Buying Something For Yourself

When some people aren’t too sure what to buy their friends or relatives, they simply buy something that they would want to receive themselves. If you’ve been eyeing up a new self-balancing scooter, then you might think that the friend you are buying for might also be interested. However, you need to remember that they might not be interested in gadgets and gizmos, so even though this would be a great gift for you, they might not be so impressed by it. So, when you are shopping for gifts, you should always forget about your own wants and needs and put the recipient first.

Last-Minute Gift Buying

We’re all busy with our work and family commitments, and sometimes, it can be all too easy to forget about buying gifts. This means that quite a few people end up rushing around the shops and leave hardly any time to find the perfect gift for the recipient. As you can probably tell, this isn’t a good gift-buying strategy. Ideally, you need to give yourself plenty of time to think about what you should get for your friend or relative. This will lead to rushed decisions which might not necessarily mean that you’ve bought them the best gift.


Going For Self-Improvement Gifts

One of the big no-nos that comes with gift-giving is that you should never buy anyone any gifts that are aimed at self-improvement. You know the kinds of things I mean – self-help books and guides that claim they can change someone’s life when they read them. Even though you might like to receive these kinds of books, you shouldn’t buy these for someone else unless they ask for them or you know that they would 100% be into them. That’s because they could come across as offensive to some people. Think about it like this – would you like it if someone suggested that you tried to improve your life? Because that is the impression that you might be giving when you give someone a self-help book as a present.

Forgetting To Give A Card

So, you’ve got your friend a relative a present and, actually, you’re pretty happy with your choice. Sounds like you’ve nailed it this time, right? Well, you might want to make sure that you’ve got something as well as the present. That’s right, I’m talking about a card! What is a present if it doesn’t come without a card? Sure, the gift is the main event and will be what the recipient is most keen for, but giving them a birthday card, Christmas card, or even just a small card with a little note in it from you, will make the whole present a lot more personable. I’m sure they will really appreciate the thought that went into buying both a present and a card.

Buying Clothes Without Knowing The Right Size

Clothes can be a great gift. If the recipient is into sports, you could always buy them some sports gear so that they can play their favorite sport in comfort. It’s also a fantastic present for the fashionistas in your life too. You just need to flick through the latest fashion magazines or take a look at what all the online boutiques are selling, and I’m sure you will be able to find something very chic for them that they will fall head-over-heels in love with. They will then never want to take the garment off ever again! However, buying clothes can go very wrong very quickly if you don’t know the right size. However, finding out the right size can be quite awkward. If you don’t already know it, then you can’t really ask your friend for their size outright as then they could get suspicious – they might realize that you are thinking about getting them gifts! There are some ways you can get around this. For instance, you might want to ask their partner or a close relative if they know what size clothes they wear.’t Go With Something Big And Complicated

If you want to really impress someone, then you might be tempted to think that big is better. This isn’t always the case, though. In fact, in some cases, going for a big present could go against you. It might be a pain to wrap up, and there could even be logistical problems with getting it to the recipient depending on how big it is. If you purchase it online and get it delivered to you, then you might end up paying through the roof for the delivery. So, don’t commit to buying something large online until you’ve worked out how much the cost of delivery will be – and the cost of the wrapping paper! The present shouldn’t be too complicated either. Ideally, it needs to be something that you can give to the recipient and leave them to figure out how to work it. If they need to contact you for an explanation, then it could be a sign that it is a lot more complicated than what it should have been.

It Shouldn’t Cause Them Any Expense

It’s not really fair on the recipient if you give them a gift that will cause them a lot of future expense. After all, it’s not like they asked for all of that extra cost! So, things that might require them to buy something else so that they can use the gift are out of the question. For instance, you might think that buying them a bird feeder is a really great gift, but they might not be so happy with needing to keep on buying seeds and other kinds of bird feed to fill it up all the time!

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Disclaimer to readers; all information provided on and taken from my blog is at your own risk. The information listed on this blog is what I, the owner believes to be accurate and true. These reviews are made up of my 100% honest opinion, about the product, or brand. If it's information direction from the company or brand I'm sure to specify it. There was no manipulation in my views by the company themselves.