By REBECCA ZHOU,
Central York High School
It’s almost Christmastime, meaning the hanging of the lights and the roasting of the chestnuts! However, for some, this means dreaded shopping for “the perfect” gifts. Yes, it can be tough, at times, to find that special item for that special person. Thankfully, I’m here to give you the scoop on what NOT to buy.
1. A gift promoting exercise. What are you trying to tell the person, to lose some weight? Unless you are a person of close, close relations or a gym employee, don’t give subtle hints mentioning that the recipient is obese. It’s as if you went up to the person and just said, “Hey buddy, you’re fat, you need to drop the pounds,” and then walk in the opposite direction. This also goes for “self-help” books or hygiene products.
2. Electronics. Yes, I know that electronics are a big thing, such as a phone or gaming device. Unless this electronic is a reading device, then I would suggest against it. It makes a great gift, but really, it’s slowly killing the person’s mind and spirit. The best way to put this is, if you give someone a lot of chocolate and a lot of wine, it’s great at first, but both can slowly kill in excess. Give a good book or an activity instead.
3. A re-gift. This just isn’t classy. Don’t ever give away something you received. Not only do you risk getting caught, but this is morally wrong. Someone worked hard to give you a gift. The least you can do is find a way to use it. Also, don’t give someone a generic gift, misleading gift, or an already opened gift because these, too, are not classy.
4. Clothing. It’s very flattering that you might think they know another person’s size or style, but if you really wanted to help someone start a new wardrobe, try a gift card instead — they’re always the safer bet. Just make sure the gift card is for a store you know the recipient likes.
5. Furbies. Just don’t. They are creepy and scary and will most likely steal your soul in the middle of the night. Not to mention, extremely pricey for a little monster. Unless, of course, the gift is for your enemy. Then by all means, buy them their doom.
If you’re in a giving mood, but don’t want to spend money and don’t have anyone to give to, I suggest you donate blood to the Red Cross or Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank. That is honestly the most charitable act of kindness a person can do, and at the end of the day, that is what Christmas is about — unrequited giving.