When you give someone a gift that they absolutely love, they tend to burst in tears or shriek loudly. The same thing actually happens when you give something, well, a little…horrific. Though there is an infamous saying that goes, “It’s the thought that counts,” you still can’t help but wish you’ll only receive good stuff every time someone gives you something.
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, here are some DOs and DONTs when giving presents:
Keep the interests of the recipient in mind.
When you are choosing a present for someone, it is always important to keep their best interests at heart. If your recipient is a bookworm, you can probably give a good book to read. If your recipient is into fashion, you might want to give that person a new accessory, or a new scarf.
Never do something like giving a book to someone you know does not enjoy reading. Don’t stray too far away from what your recipient wants. Remember that you’re giving a gift because you care about the person, and you’d want to give something memorable in the best way possible.
Presents speak to the recipients.
When you are giving presents, it’s like you’re communicating with your recipient. If your loved one gives you flowers, you know it’s them saying, “I adore you,” or “I appreciate you.” So when you’re choosing a gift to give, ask yourself first, “What do I want to say to this person?” Eventually, finding the answer to that might help you find the right present to buy.
If someone were to give you a weighing scale, it’s like saying, “Watch your weight,” or “Take care of yourself more.” It kinds of give out a negative feel to the recipient. Always be careful to not give out the wrong message to your recipient. Choose the safer ones to give – especially if you are not really close to that person.
It has to be useful and special at the same time.
Let your creativity run wild when you are choosing the perfect gift. If you want to give a bag to your mother or sister, you might want to look for a design that comes in their favourite colours. If you are going to give your father a necktie, make sure that the pattern or colour it’s made of is something he would actually wear.
Avoid giving useful presents just because they’re that – useful. For example: hand towels. Sure, they are useful, but even if they come in quirky and fun colours and designs, your recipient might not be actually thrilled to receive them.