You may think it’s nice to show a loved one that you thought about them on a recent vacation. In reality, though, no one wants a souvenir from a trip they didn’t take—especially if it's a kitschy key chain or miniature license plate with their name on it.
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The cost of mundane items like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and groceries definitely adds up—but this isn’t an excuse to purchase household necessities as "presents." Plus, the recipient may think you're implying that they keep a dirty or poorly managed household.
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The gift of a candle says "we're not that close." There's nothing wrong with giving a candle to an acquaintance or coworker, but if you know the person well, consider something more personal.
Even if you mean well, signing someone up for a monthly gym membership could have a negative connotation. Plus, aside from its potential for offense, a gym membership serves as an unwelcome reminder that New Year's resolutions are right around the corner.
Gifts You Should Definitely Give
Now that you know the things you should definitely avoid giving, it’s time to figure out the gifts your friends and family actually want. These gadgets are on everyone’s lists, so you can’t go wrong. Or consider these nice (and inexpensive!) decor items from stores that you might have thought were out of your budget. And of course, you can’t go wrong with some fun and clever stocking stuffers!
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!