One of the things I like about my family gift giving plan is that each year we give to a different family member. This year I give to my sister and her family in Washington. Next year I will give to my brother and his family in Ohio.
When I reflect on gifts I consider:
The gift should be personal. I like gifts that show you know the person. You are aware of their interests and needs. I do not want a gift card unless it is for an event or an experience. As an organizer, I have seen so many unused gift cards floating around and I wonder how many just get lost. To me a generic gift card is just like giving money. You give me money. I give you money. This is not very special to me.
Gifting memories is better than gifting items unless the person you are giving to has some real needs. Using the gift money for a holiday get together or a special play or event beats a sweater.
Thought should be given as to if the receiver has a place for whatever you are gifting. A bread maker is not a good gift for a person with a tiny kitchen.
Consumable gifts are good. This might be special coffee, sweets, special soaps, or being taken to the spa or to a theater.
Once something is gifted, it belongs to that person to do with as they wish.
Now having said all of that, I do try to listen to the wishes of others in my family. If all my nephew wants is a gift card to Amazon – so be it. If my brother wants a gift card so that he can buy the books that he wants – OK.
I would love to hear comments on how you and your family handle gifting.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer