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Keep a Gift Giving list, book, binder. You’ll have a short list in your purse, phone, or computer, and a longer list and record of gifts you have given at home in a binder. Start your list by including those most important and closest to you, for Holidays and Special Occasions. Then add in everyone that will get smaller gifts, which would be your friends, people you work with, neighbors and service people for only the top Holidays like Christmas gifts for Holiday gifts. Last, add on any special occasion you are aware of such as wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, Graduation gifts, Baby Shower gifts, Baptisms, housewarmings, and occupational celebrations days such as Boss’ Day and Professional Assistant’s Day.
Your Gift Giving List is the start of Gift giving plan and annual Gift budget. You’ll have your cards and gifts in advance of the event, holiday or occasion. Everyone you’re buying a gift for in the next year will be on your list, you’ll plan your budget, and you’ll be prepared all the time and every time a gift is needed. That will save you a lot of stress, improve time management, and save you money. You’re gifts will be more meaningful and memorable because you are allowing time for thought and consideration. Go to the “Gift Giving Keeping a List” page for details.
Setting up a Gift Giving Calendar is second to the gift giving list. Everything will be arranged chronologically in order of date. Add in all holidays, birthday dates, and special occasions. Larger Holidays like Christmas, Easter or if you have a lot of special occasion in a short period of time should be given more time to prepare, plan, research and plan. Do your Christmas shopping all year, and wrap it up in September and October. You will be saving to do this. Once you get on this schedule, you’ll be able to shop the clearance and door buster sales for occasions further out in the year like Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Graduations, or Anniversaries. Get your list of upcoming Holiday, Events & National Celebrations.
The third component of your gift giving list is adding in costs. Yes, you do want to know how much you’ll be spending on gifts this year. Your Gift Giving Budget will change your outlook, ideas, who you give gifts to and how much you spend. You might already have a good idea but this will make it real. You may also be very surprised at how much you spend in one area compare to how much you’d like to spend in others. This will allow you to shift around what is most important to you and see how it fits into your annual and monthly income, along with your overall budget. You may want to eliminate people or events. Set up your list and budget in whatever gadget or program you are most comfortable with.
Set an amount you can afford to spend annually on gifts that fits your budget, does not overextend you or cause you to use credit.
Start at the top with the most important people with your ‘must get a gift’ people and occasions. Place a dollar amount next to these people for the major holidays with the highest amounts. Then add in the minor holidays & celebrations for these important people closes to you. Next write in the dollar amounts for ‘must get a gift’ for these occasions for these special people that you care about. Remember, this is because you want to. Add everything up and see if it’s within your overall budget to spend these amounts. If you can buy these gifts without it straining your budget or using credit (meaning you have saved for it through the year or you have enough income coming in each month), the last people and occasions you add on gifts for are your service people, people at work, and friends other than your very best friends (only if they agree they want to do gift giving) and less important occasions like housewarmings or new neighbors, national celebration days, get well, and sympathy.
If you are over the amount you can save and have income coming in for your gift budget, start removing people, certain people for certain occasions, and certain occasions. Add it up again. If you are still over the amount you want to budget, lower the amount you will spend per person and occasion starting with the least important to you. Highlight the ones that you will not compromise and want to always stick to that amount while you make reductions elsewhere. Go through this cycle until you’re within your budget.
You will be saving the amount you need for gifts in your monthly budget to cover these expenses. If you use credit cards, you’ll pay them off each month with the money you have saved each month through the year for your annual gift budget. These are monthly expenses that should never be brought on credit that you pay interest on.
Are you giving gifts to everyone every time you go on vacation? Are you buying gifts for a large circle of people for all holidays like Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc? Are you giving gifts multiple times for the same special occasion like someone getting married?
Don’t forget to include other items into your Gift Giving budget. Cards, gift wrap, shipping, candy, cakes, additional food costs, restaurants, decorations, hosting parties, invitations, thank you cards, travel, outfits, donations to products for non-profits or activities for fundraisers, collections for group gifts and helping others get gifts for their families (especially at Christmas). Are you ready to say WOW yet?
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Cell phone- Check your cell phone plan twice a year to look for options you do not use. Change your plan to where it has features that you use the most for the best price, and get rid of anything you don’t use. You can get a cheaper plan.
Exercising Gym Membership – If you have a gym membership, only keep it if you go all the time, all year. Cancel it if you can find a way to do your exercise outside, at home, or have other options. Don’t pay for a membership that you do not use.
Insurance plans - Raise your deductibles on your home and car insurance. Insurance was meant to cover costs that you are not able to afford to cover. If you have savings that would cover a portion of a loss, calculate how much you can save with a lower deductible. The cost for the higher deductible may be very costly.
Premium Movie Channels - Cancel any movie or packages that you don’t use. Look at the new programming on what you watch to see if you have everything saved on DVR to play when you want to. There are cheap movie rentals through several channels now. It may be cheaper to cancel the expensive movie channels on your cable and look at other options.
Pick up a few Extra Shifts at Work - Watch for opportunities to work a few extra hours or shifts at work, or pick up extra work for family and friends. Save this money for Christmas Gifts, or start looking for some good deal right now. You’ll always save money by not being in a hurry or under pressure when you shop.
Yard Sales or sell On-Line - Clear out one room a week now through the next few months. If you have a large room or a packed garage, split it into two sides. Hold a garage sale. Many people make several hundred dollars to over a $1000 at their sales. There are plenty of unused items lying around your home. Post it for sale on one of the on-line venues for selling items. Some people do this with all their old hobbies, toys, and children’s supplies, equipment and items.
You can do it. Start now and you’ll be happily surprised. You’ll get some extra cash for the Holidays plus your house will be cleaned up. Nice. /p>
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Planning your Gift List, Calendar & Budget come prior to setting up your Gift Giving Plan. As a matter of fact, most of your plan has come together by doing those three things. To plan your Gift Giving you would get agreement with your spouse and significant other on the plan right now. Negotiate and compromise with them. They may feel very strongly about some people and occasions and not others. It’s always a good idea to ask, talk about it and adjust to what works for both couples. I know some people that keep additional money out of their own weekly spending money (they save it) to spend more on gifts for some people than their spouse would agree to. They sacrifice to give to others. That’s how you really know how important it is to you. Would you give up something for yourself to buy something for someone else? If you won’t, why should your family’s general funds? That’s a hard one to answer. I know, because I’ve had to do it before.
Once you have everything set in place. Place on your calendar a due date, deadline or reminder that is 2-4 weeks before each event as the date you will have the gift purchased by. Commit to keeping those deadlines.
Look at the ‘Timing’ of costs. Some times of the year occasions and holidays may have too many too close together. This is why it’s so important to know who means the most to you. Maybe you end up spending more on things not so important than on your Mom’s Birthday, just because you have so many expenses around May. You always end up feeling bad because you want to do something more special for your Mom every years but you are broke at that time every single year. Save an equal amount of your annual budget for gifts, every single month so you have what you need and want every time.
Add on items you know you want to buy for the person, if you know it. Now you can shop for the right item at the right price all year long. You’ll check it off your list and keep it in your designated spot. During certain times of the year, while you are already shopping or you just come across it, you can pick it up at a better price. Show for Father’s Day during the after Christmas sales.
Listen. During the entire year you have plenty of opportunity to listen to the other person to see what they like, what they would get for themselves, or what they comment on that they think is cool or beautiful to them. You know all those times you may not be listening completely or blocking them out. Stop, and ask them questions. Let them talk. Sometimes people say things, and then retract them once they talk about it more or think about it. It just momentarily interested them or caught their attention. What you’re looking for are things that are long lasting or standing. They say they like it more than once, they are dropping hints, and they even subconsciously telling you what they are into but are too modest to come out and say outright. Others you know may know more about what the person likes and wants. Ask them, research it, check it out and see if it holds any weight.
Meaningful gifts are ones that the other person would enjoy or get pleasure from, not you. Always, always, always remember that you are buying for the other person, not yourself. Their tastes are very different. Look around their house, watch what they wear, what commercials do they stop to watch and comment on, what do they stop to look at in stores, and what would add value or meaning to what they have. Gifts that have meaning are ones that you put the “Right” type of thought into. You know them, you figured them out, and you paid attention. If you are going to ask them, listen to them. Ask them to show you or explain, ask what type, color, brand, size, and where did they see it. Ask if that is the only one they like or if they have seen others. Ask yourself if they like to be surprised, do they like anything you get, or are they really picky and want only what they want.
If your daughter-in-law says she want towels every year, get them for her. It’s that easy. Don’t discount what she wants or say you’re tired of giving it, or get the kind you like and not what she likes. Does she like the big soft ones? Could she use some elegant ones for her front bath for guests that have some pretty trimming on them? What’s her favorite colors. You’ve been in the stores with her before. It’s an easy one. Take it, and make her happy. If your mom says she just wants some gift storage boxes to put old cards and photos into, or a wallet, don’t ignore it for a number of years. She says the same thing each year and everyone says no and gets her something else. Really, if you ask, then write it down and get it.
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There’s no need to get gifts for people you don’t really care about unless they are very, very close to you like your grandma or parents. If you absolutely have to get a gift, get something small. Giving gifts is to tell someone you love them, you like them, they are important to you, thank you, you appreciate them, or they are special. Keep that in mind. It should be fun and rewarding for you and them. Have fun with it. If you are getting gifts for friends, neighbors, co-workers, or service people that you know but are not close to or do not really care about, stop. Redirect your time, effort, attention, and money towards those who mean the most.
Get a few storage boxes and designate a certain spot for gifts. Watch for gifts all year. Look at your list so you remember who you’ve brought for and what. Look in your ideas for them. Have something in mind in advance so you’ll know when you see the perfect item for them. You’ll know exactly what to do. You’ll know if it’s a good price. You’re doing your leg work as your out and about doing other things and errands. This will relieve so much pressure and stress. When everyone else is going crazy, complaining, and having their holidays ruin by having a shortage of time and money, you’ll be feeling pretty good. You’ll be enjoying yourself and refocusing on the real meaning of these holidays and occasions. This is a must for enjoyment of life. Make this a priority this year, and every year you’ll get better.
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Say it with a smile and a genuine, heart-felt wish that they enjoy it on their Birthday, or Valentine’s Day, or Happy Holidays. Say what you mean without playing down or up the gift. Say what you mean without putting yourself down for maybe getting the wrong thing, you won’t because you know exactly what they wanted. Give it without an apology or a ‘I’m sorry if you don’t like it, I didn’t know what to get you.’ That is just wrong to say that. Once you give it to them, be happy. Stop pressuring them for more comments about whether they like what ‘you didn’t know what to get.’ If that’s the case, put more effort into it without hounding them. Sometimes, some people ask like you should almost go get what you want yourself from the store, and you’re the easiest person to buy for because you like so much. But they don’t listen, or don’t want to get what you say, so they fret and struggle and complain about it. All of that ruins gift giving for the giver and recipient.
Talk with them and their parents, children or spouse to find out what their current, most favorite hobbies or leisure time activity is. Everyone has interests that reflect their style or lifestyle. Giving gifts that reflect your interest or consideration of what they like doing the most, is priceless. It’s a gift that well received. All you need to do is collect a little information from them or someone close to them, look at your options, ask a few questions, and you’re set. Do this early and throughout the year, so you’re not going crazy at the last minute trying to find some obscure item that they thought they saw once but they can’t give you the specifics. You want to prevent wild goose cases, and know exactly what they would get if they were getting it for themselves.
Baslee Troutman: Yes, custom coffee mugs are fine. Travel Mugs are the best. Go to the Baslee Troutman Nature Gift Store for Teacher Gifts and choose a custom art photography picture and add the teacher’s name or a special saying such as “Teachers are Everyday Heroes!” Teachers love teaching and want to feel special about what theydo. Get something personal and that will help them feel appreciated. There are 1000’s of popular Teacher gifts that can be personalized for them for their classrooms like notebooks, binders, dry erase boards, stationery, tote bags, stickers, magnets, aprons, water bottles, award plaques, cell phone covers, wall clocks, luggage tags if they travel during the holidays or over the summer, inspirational posters, mousepads, planners, wall decals, and laptop sleeves plus many more. Gifts for indulging like chocolate make fine gifts also. Remember gifts are for those you want to make feel special or to show appreciation for or let them know you care about them. If you do not care for your teacher, you do not need to give them a gift Instead you can gift a donation to the school for something they need, and in certain tax brackets you can write off the charitable donation to non-profits. Or you could purchase some books, and donate them to the library, or craft products and supplies for art supplies, or sporting goods for PE and recess physical activities.
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Baslee Troutman: Do I have to give a Birthday or Christmas Gift to My Boss? No, it’s not required and you shouldn’t unless you really feel strongly that they are a great boss and you’d like to show them your appreciation. Be careful about the gift you get them to make sure you do not send them the wrong message, imply that you did because you thought they expected it, or you are looking for favors in return. You may make them feel uncomfortable, especially if you make a lot less money or they know you are having financial troubles.
Here are a few Etiquette Rules for giving gifts to your boss, manager, or others in authority positions:
Consider organizing getting a Group Gift. For birthdays and holidays this will allow everyone to participate and there will not be hurt feelings or the perception of favorites. You never want to look like you are ‘one-up’ them on gift giving for attention. This will always backfire in the long run.
Deliver your gift to your boss in private, or leave it in their office for them when they are in a meeting. If you make a big deal out of it, others will resent it and you boss may not appreciate your showmanship. Refrain from bragging about your gift or showing it off in front of others.
Keep Your boss’ gift simple and something they can use at work , or can open and share with other. Great gifts for bosses are food, nuts, fruits baskets, chocolates, or other items they can open in the office and let everyone join in. This allows you to give to them, and they in turn have a great time putting it out to share with others. It’s a double gift.
If you do get your boss something personal, keep it relatively inexpensive. You can order custom gift Coffee mugs that say what a great boss they are, or other gift that you add a special saying to. Never Give Cash as a Personal Gift. Gift cards for restaurants or something fun like going to the movies is fine.
If you want to do something nice for your boss but do not have the money for a gift, do not make promises, or offer to do something in the future. IOU’s are not favorable. Get your boss a cards and write a sincere note about what they do for you, your team and the company. Have everyone sign the card.
If you do not care for your boss, do not give a gift. Just offer genuine wishes to have a wonderful Holidays or Happy Birthday with a smile.
Be honest in your gift giving. You’re doing it because you want to. You are not expecting any favors or anything in return. If you give a gift with expectations attached, you gave it for the wrong reason. Never, ever complain that your boss doesn’t deserve it or that they did not show enough enthusiasm in receiving the gift. This is not the right time or place to bad-mouth your boss. Giving gifts should be reward, fun and feel good, do try to handle everything related to giving gifts in a positive way. It’s best to find ways to enjoy holidays, special occasion and spend your time and energy on each other.
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If a friend or extended family member stops giving you gifts and they always have for years, what should you do?
Baslee Troutman: Continue giving your friends and family gifts only if you have a budget that can easily accommodate them, but scale it down to something less expensive. Many people have overextended themselves and are having a hard time, so they have had no choice to cut back. They may still think that it’s wonderful that you are still able to share your wealth with them. Switch over to food gifts, food baskets, wine baskets, chocolate or something special that everyone can open and eat or drink for a special occasion or party. If it is creating an uncomfortable situation, get something small like the ‘tea gift sets’ and add a greeting card. You still want them to know you care about them and are thinking about them. You want to do what you can afford and will enjoy. It’s natural for relationships to be stronger sometimes more than others, and people’s situations change when they may be under a lot of stress or having a hard time. So, if you can give to them because you want to, and be ok with nothing in return without knowing why, then continue giving them gifts but try not to be resentful or approach the subject of why they are not reciprocating.
Baslee Troutman: Often you will be giving a gift to a child that you love dearly, even you own child or grandchild, but others at the party will be giving them multiple presents and/or very expensive ones.
This is okay. Many people give gifts that fit within their budget and it doesn’t measure the size of who loves the child more. We have all been in situations where we did not want to be embarrassed. You also want to give the child something they will enjoy, and not put aside in front of everyone with disinterest. Think about fun projects, or arts and crafts from the Art and Craft supply store. Get them something they can paint, or create, or build. You can find some pretty neat gifts for any budget. These types of ‘create it or make it’ gifts usually intrigue everyone or at least get their curiosity and imagination going. The child may put it away for later, which is fine, they will pull it back out when they need something to do and have lots of fun.
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You can always package some items together to make a gift that they pull multiple items out of the bag. At the end of summer, things like water balloons go on sale for a great price, keep your eye out, and always pick up these types of small gifts. A few others are puzzles, yoyo’s, slinkies, kites, deck of cards, etc. Everyone loves filling up and throwing water balloons. They are cheap fun. A few others are puzzles, yoyo’s, slinkies, kites, deck of cards, etc. Many times you can find games or other appropriate items for boys and girls on sale. Always be prepared for the next few parties. Kids will actually start to look forward to getting your bags. You don’t have to ask them what they want, or stress about what to get at the last minute, which often causes you to buy something you don’t know if they will like for way too much money.
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Baslee Troutman: An Important Gifts Etiquette Tip Don’t “brag” to others about gifts that you give or the amount you spent to the recipient or others. Giving gifts should be fun, honest and genuine. Bragging about your expenses trying to impress others with your fortune, or how much it set you back and whether the person deserved it or not, is not a good idea. Even if others don’t say anything, or engage in this conversation with you, they will remember it and it creates a very uncomfortable situation. Most of the time they will think how stupid or sad it is that you spent the money, and are now miserable which is not too sensible. Gifts are always to be given with no expectations for anything in return, that is why it is a gift.
Baslee Troutman: When receiving gifts sincerely thank the other person for their thoughtfulness and generosity. If they offer to give you the gift receipt to exchange it, it’s okay to say that ‘sure, thank you so much for allowing me to consider that.’ Practice your ‘game face’ when opening gifts. They took the time to buy you something nice (even if you don’t like it) and they spent their hard-earned money buying it. It’s a courtesy to show you are pleased that they got you a gift. Send the gift giver a thank you note. Once the gift is yours and you’ve shown your appreciation for their effort and caring, you can do with the gift what you want. You are not required to use it, hang it, wear it or keep it.
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Choosing the Right Gift for Her
The all time favorite gifts for women are flowers, chocolates, fragrances and jewelry. Right there, you have an unlimited number of choices so it’s always nice to know a little more about what she likes. Not a month goes by that we probably don’t have to buy a gift.
Do this Right Now:
Open your calendar on your phone or get your scheduling calendar. If you don’t have one yet, get on. Everyone needs memory joggers and we have all been caught short on time and money. This only takes about ½ hour right now and you’ll very thankful all year. Place personal gift dates and a 3 week reminder dates before the actual date in your calendar for the next year, (set it as a recurring appointment) on your calendar. After these dates are on your calendar, you are going to jot down ideas, notes or tips on those dates. Even the hardest to buy for person, always points out something they like during the year. Plus, this will give you time to ask people you don’t quite as well, what their interests are in your daily conversations with them. You’ll also be able to see how much you need to budget during the year, and in specific months, for the amount you will be budgeting.
Main Dates to set:
Wife’s Birthday, Anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Children’s Birthdays, Grandchildren’s birthdays, other birthdays that you celebrate and go to parties, Grandparent’s day, parent or children’s anniversaries if you celebrate them, Friends birthdays.
For work set these days:
Boss’ birthday, your assistant’s birthday, Professional Assistants Day, and any other close co-workers that you will be buying gifts for.
Think about any occasions that may be occurring in the next year:
Birthday’s of your children’s friends, Graduations, Weddings, Bridal showers, Baby births, Retirements, farewell to college, New home purchase, religious ceremonies, and national celebration days for professions like “National Nurses Week.”
We all know when Christmas, Easter and Back-to-School is, so we can make a plan in advance to shop throughout the year.
Pick up small gifts for unexpected birthdays, get well, someone gives you a gift and you want to reciprocate, thank you gifts, and thank you for your services (gifts for your the help).
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Choosing the Right Gift for Him
Men love getting gifts that relate to their hobbies, sports, leisure activities or ones that showcase their talents, skills or image such as Grilling, Team Sports or guys stuff that can enhance areas that they hang out. They like things they can use or put to good use such as gadgets, tools, and electronics. They want to show off their gifts. Sorry ladies but framed pictures and things like that, put them up as a gift to yourself, but guys just don’t have the same emotional reactions we do, even though they can be sentimental. If it moves, makes the right noise, has power, can be tweaked for performance, can go faster, harder or longer then you’re in the right ball game. Guy artwork for his relaxing areas, man cave, garage or shop is ok.
Does he love sports, fishing, gardening, hunting, gaming, watching movies, listening to music, cars or motorcycles? You can hit a homerun if you shop on-line to find a unique personal gift that fits what he enjoys doing. When you choose the right gift for a man, look at specialty stores that have gifts that can’t be found on the store shelves. Even something as simple as a watch has numerous possibilities such as sports watches, themed watches, military watches, and fancy pocket watches. Anything out of the ordinary will show that you spent the time and effort to find something that’s just right for them.
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How Many Gifts a Year do You Give?
That’s a lot of Gifts!! No wonder we have a hard time keeping up. I’ll bet once you start thinking about it and planning ahead that you’ll have several more items to add to your calendar dates that require gift purchasing.
Don’t reinvent the gift giving wheel. Old time favorite will still work, and when you come across something unique and different, buy several and put it in your gift stock. If you know what a person likes or their hobbies are, stick with that for multiple years. Usually you can come up with gifts related to their hobbies and they will love and appreciate them.
Jot Down Ideas and Keep an Eye Out Throughout the Year.
Jot down ideas or notes through the year as they mention things that they like or would love to have. Many people will drop hints because they do not know how to just come out and tell someone directly what they really want. But, they will get their feeling hurt later because you are suppose to pay attention and know these things. It’s human nature for people to think they made something clearer than they did at the time. Watch for their clues or hints, however subtle they are. We’ll tell you below how to illicit more information from them or ask them to provide you with the details of what they want. You’d be surprise as how well people will find the gift and tell you where to get it.
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If you know your mother-in-law loves lighthouses and that’s the theme in her guest bathroom, then when you are on vacation at the coast in June, you could pick up that blown glass lighthouse in a specialty gift store for her birthday in February. Note this on your calendar. Set aside a storage space in a closet or garage that you carefully pack and place in boxes the gifts you are holding for later. Put a note on the outside of the gift who it is for and what the occasion is. This allows you to find unique items, get them when you see them, and find the best price. You don’t have to buy something, or anything, just to get them a gift. This type of shopping removes the stress, urgency and feelings of obligation. It adds an element of fun and pleasure for knowing you have something special waiting for their special day. This changes everything. Getting a great gift for someone is fun and rewarding, the way it should be.
Asking Family or Friends to Find Out
Remember, unless they are able to casually find out what a person wants, along with the specifics, their idea of what was said or what may be like will be altered by their own style and likes. If you are going to ask for help, send a couple of options with them to see if they can find out what is preferred or ask enough questions to see how much the person you are buying for express their desire for the item they are telling you they would like.
What are their Hobbies, Sports, or Leisure Activities?
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Gifts that will have special meaning are ones that go with something that they already enjoy. If they enjoy outdoor entertaining, then shop for Grilling BBQ and Outdoor Living Entertaining gifts. This will fit into a category that you know they already love. If she loves Iris Flowers and you can see that they are not good at getting artwork on the wall, you can find beautiful Irises Photography printed on Art Paper Prints or Canvas prints.
A Get Your Gift Greeting Cards in advance.
Buy your Gift Greeting Cards in advance for the year. Baslee Troutman has a wonderful store on Zazzle that allow you to customize and personalize cards. You can add your own text or leave them blank to print or write in later. You’ll find custom greeting cards, color envelopes, cards seals and custom floral nature postage stamps for all occasions and seasons.
Buy what you are Comfortable with & can Afford
Gift buying can feel difficult at times. Some people love buying gifts and it comes natural, and others absolutely hate it as they look and look as the stress builds. We have all struggled with our assumption about how the recipient will respond and how much to spend. We don’t want to risk sending the wrong message about how much we care and what our feeling are.
Try not raising the bar too high because of assumed expectations. Give what feel comfortable to you and you can afford. Try very hard not to overspend to ‘gift-higher’ than what’s necessary because you think the hostess or recipient has high expectations. Give what you think they will enjoy, not to match what they have brought or the income level they have.
Do you have to Reciprocate when someone gives you a gift and you didn’t intend to get them one?
Gift giving isn’t always an even exchange, nor does it need to be matched. If you do not have a gift to reciprocate or don’t intend to give them one in exchange, then be prepared to graciously make them feel special for having been so generous and thoughtful. Just say thank you in person and send them a thank you note within a few weeks.
Reasonable Hostess gifts
Give the Party Hostess Chocolate Gifts
Reasonable Hostess gifts can include a box of truffles, a dessert from a bakery, a bottle of wine from a local winery, or something as personal as specialty insulated oven mitts that are designed to be given as a stand-alone gift. It doesn’t matter what you paid for them.
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