It’s the season of spreading love and joy. We eagerly wait to gift and receive gifts in return. And receiving a special gift from your loved one is a wonderful feeling!
The most important thing about gifting is the thought that is involved. But what happens when there is really no thought or emotion behind the gift? Some gifts can leave you feeling disappointed instead. Sure, gifts can be practical but have you ever received something that made no sense or left you embarrassed?
Our Try and Review Followers on Instagram have shared some of the worst gifts they have received so that you know you’re not the only one who got a wrapped banana for Christmas as a child.
1. Glued Teddy Bear
“I received a Teddy Bear glued on metal for display”
Sounds like the gifter wanted to give something personalized and cute to our member but ended up with a DIY that went wrong instead.
2. Broken Frame
“Was gifted a Broken Picture Frame”
Hmm, this does seem like it may not have been the gifters’ fault. Maybe they just weren’t good at gift-wrapping or the frame broke while travelling. Either way, it can be a bummer to receive a broken picture frame because you can’t even reuse it for anything else.
“Worst is such a harsh word but I got toothpaste. It’s both shady and sweet”
Try to see the bright side of it. Maybe they really wanted to give you that pearly white smile that you deserve! At least you will also remember them every morning and before going to bed.
4. Cutlery Set
“The spoon and fork + chopsticks set. I did not like it because out of 5 gifts I got 3 of it lol”
Hey, at least you get to save your money on buying cutlery. You can never have enough spoons and forks now, can you?
5. Snow Globes
“My boyfriend found them fascinating and gifted me one very excitedly. I had to fake my excitement because honestly, I had no idea what to do with a snow globe. ”
Snow Globe is a tricky one! While some may find them really fascinating and fun to look at, others may just keep them on their table and never look at them again. At least your boyfriend thought of you when he saw something that he found beautiful. We think that is kind of sweet.
So while buying or planning gifts for someone, we must put some thoughts on it. It may be a little time consuming but it is better for you too as you would know your money was well spent. You don’t have to get them the most expensive jewellery or a watch. Sometimes, a thoughtful and simple gift with a note will do the job.
Below are a few tips to keep in mind that might help you avoid gifting something that the receiver may not appreciate.
1. Don’t Guess And Gift
You don’t have to play a guessing game. There are barely any chances that your guess will be right. Others won’t like the same thing that delights you.
Try to find out from their closest friends or family members about their preferences. If nothing works, a box of chocolates or a useful gift card is a safe option.
2. Gift Some Experience
Gifting is not limited to materials. You can gift a special experience and show more love. For example, you can take your close ones for a thrilling adventure or a trip out of town to spend quality time.
While if it’s someone at work, take them out for a meal. Just make sure you have their permission before planning to do so.
3. Don’t Gift For the Sake of It
You’re not obligated to gift someone if you really don’t want to. Instead of getting something unwillingly, write a friendly and sweet note regarding how you appreciate their presence in your life.
One important thing to keep in mind is that gifting the most expensive thing does not guarantee the receiver will be excited. It’s an act of love so whatever you choose to gift, inspired by our guide, do it wholeheartedly.