For many people it is that time of year, gift giving, which for some of us can be highly stressful. Not without reason, I might add. Getting it just right for your beloved, not to mention the soon to be in-laws, is a quagmire.
Pitfall number one: if for some crazy reason (s)he suggests, ‘let’s not give each other gifts this year’ my best advice would be do not agree to it. Better to decide an amount (and then of course you MUST spend more than that). The message is of course, I love you so much I just couldn’t only spend that on you. If, in a moment of insanity, you agree to no gifts, IN ABSOLUTELY NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU KEEP THIS PROMISE. A medium priced gift is the way out of that mess. Again the message is, ‘I know we agreed, but I love you so much I just couldn’t not buy you something.’
Pitfall number two: even though you may need one and they want one, never buy any of the following items as a gift: vacuum cleaner, toaster, microwave or any other domestic appliance you can think of. Necessities are not gifts, unless it is a power tool for the handyperson in the family.
Finally, pitfall number three: unless your significant other is already absolutely, without a doubt really into a specific sport, do not buy them any sporting equipment hoping they will take up this sport-which is probably a sport you love and are hoping to get them interested in!
Wishing you all the best this holiday season.