What rules or guidelines do you follow in gift giving?
Gift giving has become a time honored Christmas tradition. It is perhaps one of the most enjoyable. However, it is also the most complicated and stressful.
I find that the most elaborate and most extravagant gift items are the most inappropriate to give. So I keep it simple, practical and within reasonable budget.
For someone special like my husband, whom I particularly find so difficult to get a gift for, I think hard to decide the whole year round. Still, by the time I buy the gift, I am still doubtful and undecided. What makes it extra special is the fact that it’s well though of. Also, I try to get him something symbolic.
Also, when receiving gifts, I follow these rules – to have NO expectations and to show genuine appreciation. However, there are just gift items that I will have a hard time showing genuine appreciation for. Gift items that may be practical but seem like you should be getting a hint from – like mouthwash or foot-deodorizer, are definitely items I will never give as a gift.
In my experience of gift giving and receiving, I find that the act of gift giving and receiving, the surprise and unexpectedness in the act should be more than enough gift than the gift itself. It is the thought that counts, really!