Today is my 37th birthday, and I hope I don’t get anything. Well, cash is alright, as are gift cards to stores I normally go to, but other than that? I don’t need nor want for anything else. No plastic doodads, no new mugs, no wall hangings. I am all set with that stuff, thanks. I have lived on my own for 15 years since college, and my house is pretty well stocked with all the things I need. If there was anything I was missing, such as a dish with a funny picture on it, I would buy it myself. Now that we have that out of the way, let me extrapolate a little on why I am writing this post.
See, when people buy gifts like that for you, they are just wasting their money. And I hate seeing people waste their money! They don’t know what to get you and they sometimes think that quantity is more important than quality. “If 2 gifts means I like them, 5 means I love them!” That is not effective gift-buying! Just buying whatever you can find because you are “supposed” to is not a good way to go about it, and not only does it waste money but it is kind of insulting to the gift receiver. Ever gotten something where you were like “Um, thanks?”. Well, consider that feeling when buying gifts for people. It’s better to buy nothing at all than to give a useless or unthoughtful gift!
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I realize some of you might think that this post sounds ungrateful, and that is not my intent. I am grateful for all that I have in my life, and I am grateful for the fact that I can usually buy most anything I should need or want. The point, really, is that too often people waste money on these types of things when their money could go further with a little more thought. I want to help you use your money wisely! A gift card to a favorite store, while impersonal in many ways, goes a lot further than a trivet with a picture of a cat on it. 100% of the money you bought the card with will be put towards something the recipient really wants!
Because I would rather not buy something for someone than just buy them some random gift, I guess I expect the same. I would rather get nothing at all than get something that A. you can tell no thought was put into and B. I don’t need. Be thoughtful, spend your money wisely, and if you just cannot find an actual product to get them that you yourself would want to receive, just get them a gift card, a bottle of wine, or even better – some of your time. Please don’t waste your money! Think about what you would like to receive and then try to duplicate that in your gift-giving. The recipient and your wallet will thank you.