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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Gift

Buying a gift can be hard, but it can make it a bit easier if you go in with a plan and know what to consider before buying a gift. Whether you’re buying the gift for Christmas, a birthday, a wedding, a housewarming, or just because, you should ask yourself these questions before purchasing a gift.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Gift


1. Will they like it?

Don’t buy a gift that they won’t like. For example, if your dad loves whiskey, don’t get him a bottle of brandy. Rather get him his favorite whisky and gift it with Personalised Whisky Glasses. By buying a gift that you know they’ll like, it shows them that you pay attention to their likes and dislikes and that you care enough to make an effort to get something that they’ll genuinely like and enjoy before you buy it. Knowing that you listen and that you care is a gift on its own.

2. Is this too much?

Sure, everybody would like to get a new TV or a fancy car, but if you don’t know a person all that well, large and expensive gifts can be a bit awkward to give. Save gifts over $100 for your closest friends and family. For acquaintances, sticking to small gifts like chocolates or gift cards is the best way to go. That way, it’s something they’ll enjoy without it being too big of a gift.

3. Can I afford this?

You should ask yourself if you can afford it. If you’re going to struggle to make ends meet in January because of all the Christmas gifts you bought, you should rethink the price tags of those gifts, suggests Rather get less expensive gifts and be able to live normally after you buy them. Chances are, less expensive gifts won’t even make a big difference to Christmas overall.

4. Why am I buying this gift?

If you’re buying your mother-in-law self-help books to be mean, you’d be better off not buying her anything at all. Remember not to buy gifts with malicious intentions. Not only is it a waste of your money, but it’s incredibly childish as well. You don’t have to buy a gift just because you feel obligated either. If you can’t spare the money and you have no real desire to give someone a gift, scratch them off your gift list or buy them a cheap box of chocolates if you want to keep the peace. Don’t sacrifice your budget for people you don’t even like.

5.  Is this gift useful?

A novelty gift loses its novelty within minutes. Instead of buying a novelty gift that won’t make any real difference in that person’s life, get something useful instead. Make sure you consider the person you’re buying the gift for before you’re buying it. That way, you won’t buy a vase for someone allergic to flowers or get a book for someone who hates reading.

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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