Did you know there are certain rules about giving gifts? Well, don’t worry too much about it; you’re not going to be arrested for giving the wrong type of gift or anything like that.
However, you want to be sure that the intended recipient feels comfortable with the gift, is happy with it, and that it will benefit them in some small way. In order to achieve that goal, there are some rules you need to keep in mind.
Don’t put yourself into debt.
Even if you want to give your fiancée the absolute perfect gift she’ll ever receive, you need to pay attention to your finances and your budget. It’s not going to do that person (or yourself) any good to get into a tremendous amount of debt to pay for this gift.
In truth, if you’re looking for a wedding gift, some rules state the gift should not be less than $50. For birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions, make sure this gift isn’t going to hurt you financially. If it is, then it’s too much.
Try to avoid the ‘gift card.’
Yes, it’s so much easier to simply head down to your local store and pick up a few gift cards to a variety of stores, but there’s no real thought that went into it. If you don’t know what the potential recipient enjoys, the things he or she likes, then ask other friends or family members.
By choosing the gift card first, you’re essentially telling them that you didn’t care enough to actually look for something. Hey, if they don’t like it or already have it, they can always return or exchange it for something they’d want more.
For office gifts, don’t exceed the maximum budget.
Many offices offer the opportunity for employees to exchange gifts. If you bow out, that’s fine. Just be sure you’re not going to be disappointed or even a little peeved if you don’t get anything. After all, you made sure everyone knew you weren’t participating.
If you are, there will generally be a price range for the gifts, such as between $10 and $20. Don’t, for any reason, exceed that upper limit. Somebody may be ecstatic to get a great gift, but others may not be so thrilled.
Include a gift receipt.
You don’t want the recipient to know how much you spent on this gift, of course, because that would be poor etiquette, but you also want them to have an easy time exchanging or returning it if they need or want to. Make sure you provide a gift receipt so they’ll know where you got it and they can easily exchange it without any hassles.
Handmade gifts can say a lot.
If you’re into arts and crafts, consider making gifts instead of buying them. It’s going to require a great deal of your time and energy, and it’s going to be far more personal than anything you can buy at a store.
When giving gifts this year, stick to these rules and you’ll find the recipient(s) enjoying it so much more.
Written by G. T. Hedlund