So it’s December 29th, time for true confessions. How many of your gifts did you return or exchange? Did any gift make it to the re-gift closet? You know the obscure gift that you can’t return because there is no telling where it came from; probably a re-giftJ.
Let’s just establish that re-gifting is perfectly acceptable. Why waste a perfectly good item just because it’s not useful to you? You have to be careful though, to re-gift to the original giver of the gift can be disastrous! Not to mention embarrassing for both. Here are a few thoughts on re-gifting. When you place the item in the re-gift closet put a post-it on it with who gave it to you and when. Additionally, don’t break the seal or “factory” wrapping. Before re-gifting, be sure to dust it off well and be sure there aren’t remnants of wrapping paper or a card stuck to it.
I did not receive anything that needed returning or exchanging this year. What is really great is that those who gave me gifts did so based on what they know and love about me. This to me is the number one rule in choosing a gift – know your recipient. There is as much excitement in choosing the perfect gift for someone as there is in receiving the perfect gift. While I don’t mind when someone gives me ideas, it is also a blast to choose something that I know the recipient will love, but may not have thought to ask for it.
Many of us have everything we need. When we have the opportunity to choose gifts for those we love, why not take a few minutes to really think about the other person. What could you give them that they would enjoy and might not otherwise buy for themselves? The gifts I received this year were all very thoughtful; obviously those giving me gifts thought about me and what I would like.
The art of gift giving is one that I think is fading to that which is easy – the gift card. The gift card is good because you are thinking about the other person, but we have to be careful to not let this be our default. Take some time. Make your gift meaningful.
The art of packaging or wrapping gifts went down a slippery slope with the advent of the gift bag. For some, the gift bag was their salvation and a relief in the pressure of giving a gift. My mother makes wrapping a gift and the bow on top an art form. She pulls the color-coordinated ribbon around the package and then ties a big pretty bow on top. Then she spends a few more minutes making small adjustments to the bow to be sure it’s perfect. No doubt a beautiful package shows the recipient that love and care was taken not only in choosing the gift but in preparing it for giving.
In full disclosure, I did purchase a couple of gift cards this year because I didn’t plan well and ran out of time. This just gives me a head start on these two gifts for next year.