When You Give A Gift, It’s The Thought That Counts, Right?

It’s a no-no to tell someone you don’t like their gift because it’s the thought that counts, right?

Sure, but just how ‘nice’ are your thoughts towards your gift giver who doesn’t listen in order to know what your likes and dislikes are?


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How disappointed are you when with anticipation you unwrap your gift to stare down at an ugly pair of socks, or when your husband of four years decides his wife would absolutely love a broom for Valentine’s Day?

Gift giving is more than just the thought. It’s the thought, the gift, the intention – the whole package. The best gifts are ones that directly think of the recipient, that’s truly when the thought counts.

If you know your boyfriend will just about die for the whole collection of South Park, then why buy him a tie? What value would your girlfriend find in a pretty package of art supplies when she has no interest in painting?

We’ve devoted a whole page on our website with “Horror Gifts” Received.

Take for example the man who received a box of chocolates from his girlfriend who should have known that he was allergic to it. Or the man whose girlfriend gave him tickets to a show he didn’t want to see.

When it comes to your loved ones, gifts shouldn’t be given out of obligation but from the heart. Gifts that are appreciated can be practical or they can be impractical. This depends on what your recipient wants or would like.

When I was at college I really needed a text book on C programming. I kept borrowing a copy from the library but there were times when they were all taken.

At that time, I couldn’t afford to buy one for myself. How would I have loved a text book as opposed to the sterling silver bracelet my then boyfriend gave me? It was a lovely gesture but…

To find the perfect gift, we have to tune into that person. Listen to what they have to say. Did you watch the Friends episode where Ross bought Rachel the broche she had seen in a shop window some months ago?

What’s what I mean by tuning in. Find what the person wants and then give it to them. That’s when the thought really counts.

You know when you have done a good job with your gift selection when you absolute astonish your recipient.

There are times when we don’t know what our recipient would like.

There are ‘safe gifts’ we can give. Safe gifts are flowers, a gift basket perhaps, even a bottle of wine – something that is popularly considered ‘nice’. Safe gifts are what we give people we don’t’ know too well.

From someone that has been disappointed many times and astonished others, if you are to give, listen to what your recipient wants. You will find they will treasure you and your gesture 100 fold.


Having a Hard Time Finding Gifts? Timeless Holiday Gift Ideas You Can Try

Throughout our lives, there are certain constants that always remain. Whether it is a simple black dress that goes with anything, or the suit blazer that can be worn with a T-shirt, a collared shirt or even formal wear. Or even how a pair of jeans always remains in style – there are always a few timeless items that never truly grow old. This article is to help you with some timeless holiday gift ideas that are sure to last more than a lifetime.

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One timeless holiday gift idea is the gift of music. Young or old, if they have an interest in music, supplying them with a musical instrument can be a wonderful investment in their lives. Some of the more popular musical instruments are the piano and/or electric keyboard, guitar, violin, flute, recorder and drum set. Even though it will take time for the person to learn how to play the instrument, once learned it will be a gift that continues to give, possibly for several generations if passed down the ranks.

Another popular and timeless holiday gift idea would be that of handmade or heirloom jewelry. From the stunning pendants to the glittering necklaces, jewelry has always remained with us. Although there does exist what some would call fashion jewelry, there remains a simplistic and yet elegant charm to the designs of old. Jewelry also seems to become a tool for passing down family stories and heritage, and thus fits nicely into the timeless category.


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For those who are believers, a wonderful and timeless holiday gift idea is that of the Good News, also known as the Holy Bible. For quite a long time, passing down the Holy Scriptures from Parent to Child has been an important tradition, and one never taken lightly. The old family Bible, although tattered and torn and perhaps even worn in a few places, it is a special part of the family and is more precious to them than gold, silver or even platinum. Bibles and other such books always make a smart and timeless gift to give.

This leads us to another timeless holiday gift idea in the form of a book: photo albums and scrapbooks. Whenever a natural disaster strikes and someone’s home has become destroyed, when asked what they miss the most out of their belongings, it is always the family photo album. Photos hold our memories with them, and help remind us of where we came from and what we have become. Thus small, handmade collections of special photos are always a welcome and timeless gift to receive.

Of course, one tradition that will always be a smart and timeless holiday gift tradition will be that of making and giving away baked goods made from the heart and family recipes passed down from as far as the family can remember. The number one requested item out of these baked goods are always chocolate-chip cookies. No matter what, the smell of cookies cooking is a welcome scent, and one that always brings a smile to our face. And who can forget making sugar cookies with our mothers and grandmothers for the special holiday occasion?

Finally, the most timeless holiday gift idea of all is that of giving money. When all else fails, money is seldom, if ever, turned away as a gift. No matter how fashion and technology changes, money or it’s equivalent will always remain as a good and thoughtful, and especially timeless, gift to give. In fact, money is the number one requested item no matter what the holiday season being celebrated is!

Gift Giving Ideas: What to Give Kids According to Their Age

Choosing a gift might look like an easy task, but in reality it isn’t given the options you’d see from stores. So the question now is, what do we need to give our kids which are age – appropriate? We have gathered some of the best responses from responsible adults and parents. We hope that this post will be able to help you choose a gift that will wow the kids.

The best first step we can recommend is to know what the child wants. If you are the parent of the kids, this should be easy because all you have to do is to observe. Offering something different can also open up new possibilities and talents you never knew your child have. But if you are not really aware of what kids want when it comes to toys nowadays, then you can probe more by asking the parents. Otherwise, here are some of the safest but great choices.

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Reading is good, and that’s a fact. What we notice about the kids today is that they don’t engage much on books. This should be changed. Get something which is age – appropriate and we are sure that they will appreciate it. Books for kids are being more creative and interactive nowadays. You can actually color and do several other activities in a children’s book. As parents, we should always explore our children with reading the conventional way.

Pretend Toys

Why not buy a cooking set, or perhaps some hardware tools? Let’s just try to avoid toys which are violent like guns. This is also a creative way in introducing your children into real household chores. Playing pretend also stimulates their creativity and social skills.


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Brain – Enhancing Games

Getting such is both educational and fun! It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. This can be a bit costly than most toys, but the reward is just priceless. Younger children should be exposed with colorful toys to boost their brain activity while bigger ones should be given challenging toys like board games and puzzles.


Lastly, giving clothes will not only make the kids happy, the parents will surely appreciate this. Before you get one, make sure you are aware of the kids’ measurement. Otherwise, opt for a gift check or voucher so the parents can pick the best clothes for them.

Very practical tips, right? It doesn’t have to be very expensive – or if it is, make sure that it’s worth it and can be used for a long time. Remember that as adults, we want to nurture our children right. Stick with presents that will not promote violence. Go for those that will improve them holistically.