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!
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.
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.
What is the perfect gift for a writer? You probably already have all of the essentials; a notebook, unlimited pens and a laptop. However, there are many quirky gifts out there that make writing easier, more practical and lets face it – more fun.
Writers like to be comfortable while they write – that’s why so many of them work in their PJs. However, these awesome smart sweatpants mean you can be super comfy while still looking like a real, adult grown-up – perfect!
How awesome is this gift? AquaNotes gives you the opportunity to write down any random thoughts or ideas you have while you’re in the shower. I actually come up with a lot of my article ideas while I’m washing my hair, so I may have to treat myself to this one!
If you know a writer who has writer’s block, this thoughtful and funny little gift would be perfect for them. Filled with magnetic letters, this could help them get their creative juices flowing – and if not, it is sure to put a smile on their face!