The Art Of Giving: Getting The Right Present

The Art Of Giving: Getting The Right Present

Yay, Christmas is coming! Ugh, Christmas is coming. Two polar reactions that you get from the people. Some like to go through history and mention all kind of festivities, some like to donate their time and money to those in need and maybe volunteer in the soup kitchen. Those that are lucky just have one problem – having to think of something to buy for their loved ones. Didn’t all of us received gift that was just so out of place that it prompted one “Uuuuh, thanks?”. Yeah, gifts are a tricky business.

So Many Options…

different gifts

There are numerous categories of people that will receive and give gifts for Christmas this year. Grandparents to grandchildren, husbands to wives, boyfriends to girlfriends, friends to friends, coworkers to bosses (sucking up much?), secret-santas to someone special and other variations in-between and not mentioned. There are million variations that could go right and exponentially more of those that could go wrong. So how to pick the right gift?

There are several categories that your shopping list can satisfy. The easiest ones are those that are found in the moment of inspiration. You see it, instantly think of someone and buy it. Easy-peasy, but they make up about one third of the list. Another ones are practical ones. You heard that someone needs, let’s say, a pair of new headphones, so you get them. The last third in the gift-giving list are the totally clueless ones. You love the person, but you have absolutely no idea what to buy them.

Ladies and Gentlemen

gifts in line

Well, we certainly can’t tell you what to buy, but we’re going to tell you a few classics and what you should avoid. Firstly, gentleman that are searching for a present for their lovely ladies. Lingerie is a no-no. If you did not get a specific set of instructions, you will most certainly miss the style, colour, fabric or the most crucial, size. Chocolate and flowers are good gifts, but not for Christmas, and cosmetics and perfumes can be a good choice if you  buy something that your lady is already using. Spa and wellness are always a safe choice.

But ladies, don’t think that you always have everything under control. Number one present that you get wrong is  clothes, because you usually buy what you want your man to be in, not something that your man wants. Also, if you are buying a gadget, listen, because specifics are important. Since men are practical beings, you can always buy something that will replace something that got broken, or compliment a hobby that they have. Sports fan? Tickets. Car lover? Car wash kit. Gamer? You get the idea.

Still Clueless?

gifts out of focus

If you have a case of bookworm, e-reader or a gift card for a favourite (online) book shop is a safe bet. Gift cards are often safe bet, but sometimes they can feel impersonal, so thread carefully. If you are dealing with an extrovert with active lifestyle, trip or a indoor activity are always a plus. When it comes to kids, Lego sets are always popular and with the Lego movie and its sequel in the making, its popularity is on the rise, again.

The main point it, that you should listen and all your troubles will be solved. However, we all know that you can’t solve everything, so there is Givetu.Me. It will help you pick out the right(ish?) gift by filling in the short form: My (blank) who is (blank) years old, needs a $(blank) gift. Then you can pick from hundreds of suggestions that are taken from The best part is that even if you are not in the USA, you can get your gifts because of their deal with

Neat and you don’t have to move your butt from your chair! So relax and shop away, because this Christmas, you can’t get it wrong.


Hrvoje Hrsto

Hrvoje is BA audio engineer graduate from SAE Institute in Ljubljana, currently freelancing and writing. His interests are music, television and all things geeky.

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