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Lifestyle | 4 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Buying Gifts


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It’s that time of year again. In fact, when you think about it, it’s always that time of year. You’re either buying gifts for Christmas, Thanksgiving or your anniversary. Maybe it’s your partner’s Birthday or your child has just been born. Either way it seems that we are always buying a present for somebody. But we have a question for people out there buying presents. Is gift buying easy? We think there are a number of mistakes you can make buying presents that you certainly want to try and avoid. That way you can be sure you can get someone that you love the perfect present.

Buying Something You Think The Should Want

Oh dear, how many of us have fallen into this trap? It’s quite easy to do this, and it doesn’t make you self-absorbed, but it does make you a little pompous. We’ve seen parents do this when buying gifts for their kids. Instead of buying them what they want, they buy them gifts they think they should want. The classic example is a little girl who wants a GI Joe instead of a Barbie, but there are adult examples too. For instance, your partner might love a piece of jewelry this Christmas but you know they need something for their apartment. Which do you buy them? It should be obvious you buy the jewelry. But some people will still opt for the purchase of a need over a want.

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Buying Something You Want

Ah, well if you do this I’m afraid you are a little self-absorbed. Essentially, you’ll buy someone a gift and hope they hate it so you’ll eventually get it. It’s quite a clever manipulation but not something you should do to someone that you love. Instead, you should try and find exactly what they want. We’re all different and your style is highly unlikely to be the same as anyone else’s in your life.

Punishing Them Instead Of Indulging Them

Long term spouses are commonly guilty of this. It usually happens around Christmas where a partner is given a present to help them quit a bad habit. This could be anything from an exercise ball to get them in shape or deodorant, and that just suggests they stink. Worse still you might know they want something and avoid getting it because you think it’s a bad habit. Christmas isn’t the time to quit bad habits, it’s the time to indulge them. So, if you have a smoker in your life, why not buy them the treat of high class smokes from Tobacco general. Or, if you know someone is a chocoholic, don’t avoid getting them a bar of their favourite brand. New year is the time to give something up. Christmas is the time to revel in life’s little joys.

Too Late

Finally, we’re all guilty of this at some point in our lives but it does usually happen around Christmas. We put off Christmas shopping until the last minute until what people want is already gone. If you still haven’t hit the high streets this Christmas you need to get your skates on. There’re only a couple weeks until the mad rush begins!

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