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!



Hey guys!

I thought I’d do some more awesome gifts to buy for writers – or if you are a writer, some great items you can treat yourself to. Last time I wrote about waterproof paper and a zero-gravity pen; check out 5 more awesome gifts for writers.

1. Katana Book End

Katana Bookend

Even if you’re not a writer, this is a pretty badass way to store your books. Invest in this if you or a friend have way too many books – it’s sure to get a few compliments!

2. Writer’s Calendar

writers calendar

Writing down my goals and a to-do list helps me to be a more productive writer every day. Make your life more productive and efficient by investing in a calendar!

3. Paper Nib Bookmarks

paper nib bookmarks

These paper nib bookmarks are a great way to stylishly save your page. While they are not an essential, they are a pretty fun way to enjoy your reading time.

4. Laptop Stand

Laptop Stand

This practical gift makes it easier for you to look after your laptop and keep it safe – and it has the added bonus of making your screen easier to see. Perfect for any writer who works on their laptop for more than 25 hours a week.

5. Cube Inspiration Starters

story cubes

Do you know a writer who is struggling to come up with new, fresh ideas? Treat them to these awesome story cubes that will help them to come up with awesome new ideas.

Would you guys use any of these gift ideas, or none? I love the idea of the story cubes, even if they are for children – it’s nice to have a youthful mind :p

Thank you as always for reading my post!