20 Preparations You Should Make Before Using Gifts
Updated: May 12
1. Choose the right gift for the occasion. Gifts should be thoughtful and appropriate for the event or holiday.
2. Make sure the gift is wrapped nicely. Gifts that are not wrapped well can look cheap and make the recipient feel unimportant.
3. Take into consideration the recipient's taste. Gifts that are too personal may not be appreciated, while gifts that are too generic may not be memorable.
4. Consider the value of the gift. Gifts that are too expensive may make the recipient feel uncomfortable, while gifts that are too cheap may seem thoughtless.
5. Make sure the gift is age-appropriate. Gifts for children should be age-appropriate and safe, while gifts for adults should be appropriate for their age, interests, and relationship to the gift-giver.
6. Consider the recipient's lifestyle. Gifts that are not practical or suited to the recipient's lifestyle may not be used or appreciated.
7. Think about the timing of the gift. Gifts that are given too early or too late may not be as meaningful or appreciated.
8. Make sure the gift is unique. Gifts that are similar to other gifts the recipient has received may not be as special or memorable.
9. Avoid giving offensive gifts. Gifts that could be interpreted as being offensive, rude, or insensitive should be avoided.
10. Be prepared to explain the meaning of the gift. Gifts that have a special meaning or are from a significant event should be accompanied by an explanation.
11. Do not give gifts that require assembly. Gifts that require assembly may be too much work for the recipient or may not be done correctly.
12. Make sure the gift is appropriate for the relationship. Gifts that are too personal or intimate may make the recipient feel uncomfortable, while gifts that are not personal enough may seem like an afterthought.
13. Do not give used or regifted items. Gifts that are used or have been regifted can appear to be thoughtless and cheap.
14. Be cautious of giving gift cards. Gift cards can be impersonal and make it easy for the recipient to return the gift.
15. Avoid giving gag gifts. Gag gifts can be offensive and should only be given to close friends or family.
16. Be aware of cultural differences. Gifts that are not appropriate for the recipient's culture can be offensive and should be avoided.
17. Do not give cash as a gift. Cash can seem like an easy way out and may not be appreciated.
18. Make sure the gift is not expired. Gifts that are expired may not be able to be used and can appear to be thoughtless.
19. Do not give a gift that requires batteries unless batteries are included. Gifts that require batteries but do not include them can be frustrating for the recipient.
20. Include a card with the gift. A card with a personal message can make the gift more thoughtful and memorable.