You need to buy a gift for your sister, girlfriend, brother’s girlfriend, co-worker and your second cousin. Before you pick up a gift basket from Target or a necklace at the mall, put a little more thought into what she really needs or wants.
Does she really need a six pack of peppermint-scented candles? Probably not. And, even though that candy gift basket looks festive, does she really want a month’s supply of red and green M&Ms?
PLEASE DON’T GET HER:
Bath and body products. Yes, everyone showers, but that doesn’t mean we need a stock pile of shower gels and lavender body sprays that we probably won’t be able to finish until three Christmases from now. INSTEAD: Buy a gift card to her favorite salon or spa for the same amount. Now, she won’t feel guilty about getting that manicure or taking some time to relax — instead of just smelling like Coconut Lime Verbena after her shower.
Candy/chocolates. It’s the holidays. We only have about 5,000 pounds of food to digest. Please stop trying to make us diabetic and overweight. INSTEAD: Get a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant. It’s nice to know that we will be treated to a night out (plus, we can take a night off from cooking).
Home decor items when she doesn’t have a home. We don’t need figurines, decorative plates or wind chimes if we are living in a small apartment. Yes, we are probably looking to upgrade, but we aren’t there yet — plus, who has the extra storage space in the meantime? INSTEAD: Give her some cash to go towards her new place.
Makeup bundles. Wal-Mart is selling an 80-shade eyeshadow pallet. It looks big. And, there’s bound to be the shade she uses in there. It even comes in a nice box — you might not have to wrap it. Unless you are buying this for an 8-year-old girl who likes to play dress up, please don’t get this. We don’t need all of these colors, and chances are if we wear makeup, we have a brand and shade preference. INSTEAD: Do your research and find out what brands she uses; then, go for a two-pallet eyeshadow. We know how expensive makeup is — the gift doesn’t need to be big to impress us.