So the holidays are rounding the corner and everyone would like to tell you what to buy or where to go to find something to buy. That’s terrific. It helps the economy and is fun to do. How many of you, on the other hand, find that Christmas along with other gift giving holidays are more of a hassle than they are worth? The real question is. Do you give gifts outside of the holidays and birthdays? If so, then you are fine ignoring them or paying a small token of attention towards them. Otherwise, I’m afraid you are stuck. These are a few tips for giving good gifts that will at least SEEM thoughtful. If you are a cheap S.O.B. that doesn’t give gifts because you are just too darn cheap, then read no further, there is nothing for you here.
10. Gift cards are for Grandparents and suckers:
I’m not saying that Grandparents are suckers, I’m saying that it’s ok for them to use gift cards. It’s easy and it’s better than trying to measure every gift for value and appropriateness to what has probably become a pretty large family. If you are not giving gift cards to grand-kids, then you had better be a manager giving them to employees because there is no other situation where a gift card is really appropriate unless the person you are giving it to is really in dire cash straits. The reason that gift cards are not terrific gifts is that people will tend to use them for necessities and not for memorable items that they can link to you so they will forget very quickly that you gave them anything at all.