There are a lot of great things about Christmas; the delicious food, getting to spend time with your family, the sherry – I could go on all day! There are some parts of Christmas that are more stressful though. For instance, buying gifts for others – it should be easy but there are so many bad gifts.
Check out 5 gifts to avoid below.
1. The present with a bad intention – sometimes people use gift-giving as the opportunity to air personal grievances. People do this because the dislike confrontation, but it is often pretty unpleasant and embarrassing for the receiver. It can also come across as passive-aggressive.
2. The overly practical gift – this gift is totally fine if the receiver has specifically asked for it, but if not it can seem like a bit of a non-gift. The receiver may feel like you didn’t know their hobbies or interests well.
3. The gift with a message – similar to the gift with bad intentions, this gift comes with a hidden meaning. It could be a good intention, such as an exercise DVD or a beginner’s cookbook, but they can be hurtful to the receiver.
4. The gift for yourself – this is mainly an issue between couples, siblings and housemates. A good example would be someone buying their housemate a PS4 when they don’t like gaming, so they can both play together. These gifts (funnily enough) can seem a little selfish!
What do you think of this list? I would certainly be happy with some practical gifts – a new laptop and a slow cooker would be nice! Let me know what you think in the comment section!