Yep. We have all received a gift which we immediately wished we could silently tuck right back into it's wrapping paper. Yet there it is grinning maliciously up at us from the parcel that we have just unwrapped.
That beautifully wrapped parcel turns out to be one of the worst errors in gift giving etiquette that any person of sound mind could possibly give to another. It's enough to wreck a person's day.
Now sometimes these errors in judgement are unintentional but at other times we know that we are pushing the button just a wee little smidge yet we do it anyway.
We all need to earn our brownie points with the big guy upstairs and being nasty with the gift we give just won't do it.
This year make absolutely sure that one of these disastrous gifts doesn't come from you. Avoid the top 10 worst gift giving mistakes that a person can unintentionally make.
Think nice - be nice. Be caring in the items you pass to your family, associates, and friends.
The #1 Rule of Gift Etiquette is to Never Give a Defective Item
1) If it smells funny, is harder than a rock when it should be soft, or rattles when it shouldn't, then do not give it to anyone on your gift list.
It doesn't matter that you have lost your receipt, do not have any other gift to offer, or really do not like the person that you are gifting to.
Never purchase a gift item simply because it has a super sale price sticker on it or if that item has passed its expiration date or is potentially defective. When all the facts are measured up some bargains really are not much of a deal. Shop responsibly.
A nice card is far better to receive than a defective or possibly poisonous gift. Giving this type of offering is going to make you look bad so just cut your losses and throw that item away.
A Gift Like Billy the Singing Bass can be a Wee Smidge Fishy
There are some pretty fishy things out there and the traditional Billy the bass singing fish is one of these. His mouth moves to the words, his head turns toward you, and his body and tail wriggle.
He's been around for awhile and this singing fish wall plaque is still turning up in gift packages around the world to surprise those exceptionally luck folks who receive him.
There have been more than a few fishy gift items turn up throughout the years. If you have an outdoorsy type person on your gift list then these items can be fantastic but some folks just don't get the humor in this theme. Keep theme related gifts reserved for the people who specifically enjoy it.
The 2nd Worst Error in Gifting is to Purchase Something That You Want Rather Than What the Recipient Would Like to Receive
2) Never purchase a gift item because you are the one who wants it. There is nothing worse than receiving an item that is just not wanted.
Guys never purchase your wife a weekend get-a-way to a local fishing lodge if she would rather be at the theater. And ladies don't buy your husband tickets to the opera or pick him up a laundry hamper for his birthday or Christmas unless that is really what his heart most desires.
The present you are giving should be something that the other person will enjoy so don't purchase them an item that you would choose for yourself. The people you are buying for have their own unique likes, dislikes, hobbies, and interests. Use these traits to help you in the selection of their gift.
Take the time to really think about the person who you are buying for and then select a suitable item for them. They will appreciate the additional thought put into the selection process.
#3 Worst Gift Giving Mistake is to Improperly Wrap a Post Parcel
3) A broken vase, crushed cookies, or a water stained clothing item is a terrible gift to receive. Make sure that your gift gets to the recipient in the same condition as it was when you purchased it.
If your present will be traveling a long distance be sure to wrap it so that it gets there safe. Use bubble wrap, buoyant box filler, and a strong box to send it in.
It is a waste of your time and money if you don't wrap it up right and it is terribly disappointing at the other end to receive a defective gift.
#4 Gasp! Gifting out of Anger or Spite is Mean - Don't do it.
#5th Worst Etiquette Mistake is a Present Given in Poor Taste
5) Speaking of rudeness one of the absolutely worst etiqette mistakes that a person can make is to purchase a nasty, derogatory, or racist item for someone.
No rubber dolls, edible underwear, massage aides, or live sheep tied up on the lawn please. Have a little class.
It doesn't matter if Uncle Henry really does want one of those gifts. Don't do it. Very private or x-rated items should never be given where they may be opened in the company of others.
Re-gifting? Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to re-gift an item just insure that all previous gift tags are removed and know for a fact that the person you are gifting to is not the same one who gave the item to you.
The 6th Worst Gift Giving Faux Pas is Age Inappropriate Gifts
6) The sixth worst gift giving mistake are gifts which unintentionally hurt the person's feelings. Make sure that your gift is age appropriate for the person who you are buying for to avoid offending them.
Seniors don't need to be reminded that they are nearing the end of their term so absolutely no coffin gag gifts or books on funeral planning.
Older seniors often have mobility issues so keep this in mind when purchasing a gift for them. Getting in and out of a bathtub may be difficult for older seniors so many shower or chair wash instead. This means that a gift of bubble bath or bath beads may be inappropriate but a gift basket of decorative hand soaps and lotions would be more appropriate.
Toddlers don't need a stereo or computer for their gift. Many people like to believe their kids are extra talented but it is always better for a child NOT TO receive a gift beyond their skill level. Most games are age rated so check out these ratings before you gift to a young child.
As kids age this theory works in the opposite direction. Kids generally want to be perceived as being older than they really are so don't purchase toy trucks or barbie dolls for a teenager unless he or she collects them. These gifts will only hurt their feelings.
7th Worst Bad Gift Scenario is Purchasing the Wrong Size
7) Make sure that the gift you purchase is the right type, size, or style. Your wife may have put on a little extra weight but if she is a size 16 and you buy her a size 22 dress then you are very likely going to get hit with something very heavy.
There really is nothing worse than receiving clothing that you cannot use or do not want. Clothing for adults is a very personal choice and should generally be left to be purchased by the person who will be wearing it.
If you do not know the person's correct size or taste in clothing then purchase them a gift certificate instead. One of the ten worst gift giving mistakes that a person can do is to not get the facts straight.
Yep, Automatically Qualifies as an Ugly Christmas Sweater
Christmas is known for its beautiful twinkling sparkling holiday lights but when those lights are attached to what you are wearing it is sometimes not a good situation. Other highly unfashionable sweaters involve giant images or big fancy buckles or bows. Yikes.
8th Worst Holiday Mistake is to Gift Housewares to Your Spouse
8) Unless your wife specifically requests a household item do not ever gift your wife items that are used to do household chores. Oh you just knew that this one would make the 10 worst gift giving mistakes list. More husbands wind up in the dog house each and every year because they make this fatal error.
This means do not give her a new broom, frying pan, toaster, vacuum, washing machine, or electric kettle. If yours has worn out then just trot yourself down to the local hardware store and purchase one to replace it that very day.
Don't treat this household item in any way, shape, or form as a gift to her. Then head over to your local spa and pick her up a spa gift certificate to show her exactly how much you appreciate how hard she works for you. Wrap that up for her.
The 9th Most Horrifying Gift is One That Causes Health Issues
9) Keep health issues in mind when you select your gift item or you could indeed commit one of the ten top gift giving mistakes.
Perfume or scented candles for someone with asthma, a bike for a child confined to a wheelchair, or cookies for someone with a gluten intolerance is beyond inconsiderate gifting yet it happens all the time.
You never want to offend someone by purchasing them something that is going to send them on a trip to the local emergency room.
Be aware of who you are gifting to. If unsure check with friends and relatives to be sure your gift is appropriate before you purchase it.
The 10th Gift Giving Error is One That is an Unforgivable Sin
10) The absolutely worst gift giving mistake is one so simply avoidable that it is a question as to why it even occurs at all. It is the gift that is not given.
There is nothing sadder than not receiving a gift when you expect one.
No child should be without a birthday present or one set under the Christmas tree for them. No senior should ever not have a birthday gift to open and no wife should ever have her anniversary go by unnoticed.
The absolutely top gift giving mistake which you can make is to not give a gift to someone who should receive one.
How About a Giant Gummy Bear or Super Large Gummy Worm?
Now this is a gift that could draw a mixed reaction from the person who receives it. This big big candy is enough to give someone a very big tummy ache if they gobble it down in one sitting. Hope they have a sweet tooth because they could be eating on this ooey gooey goodness for more than a few days. These are giant size gummy treats.
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