My Project: 365 Creative Writing Prompts
Day 69: Christmas gifts to avoid
The number one Christmas gift to avoid is a pet.
Kittens and puppies may look adorable in the store or shelter, but they are not ideal gifts.
Kittens and puppies tend to grow up and then what? Will the gift receiver commit to love and care for them for their entire life span? Do they have the time and life style to care for a pet?
Many people travel for work and are often away for days or even weeks. These people generally do not have pets as leaving them creates a problem. Who will feed them?
Giving a bird, a fish or any other life animal is an equally bad idea. They too need care on a daily basis and presenting someone with such a gift is thoughtless.
Should you want to rescue an animal from a shelter and present it to someone make sure that the animal is welcome.
Another gift to avoid is fragrance. Unless you are familiar with the fragrance the lady in your life uses, stay away from the cute little bottles. Something may smell nice to you, but that does not necessarily mean that she will share your opinion.
Come to think of it, stay away from the personal care isle altogether. Ladies are fussy which creams and lotions they use. Unless you are familiar with her preferences, do not take chances.
Ladies, the same goes for you. You may like a certain cologne, but does he? The time that men had only a handful of colognes to choose from are long gone. These days the display cabinet of men’s fragrances is almost as extensive as the one for ladies.
Chocolates or other candy may seem like a good idea, but is it? Perhaps the lady in your life is trying to lose a few pounds. Perhaps a certain type of chocolate makes her face break out in spots. She might even be diabetic.
Giving a woman who is a bit overweight a book on dieting, or giving a woman who does not like to cook a cookbook is an equally bad idea. You may think you are helping her, but she might just chuck it at you. If you want to give her a book, familiarize yourself with her preferred authors.
Do not give her clothes, unless you are certain of her size. If the garment is too small she will be disappointed; if it is too big she might be insulted. And even if the item is the right size, will she like the color or texture?
Knock-offs are best to be avoided too. Whether it is a Guess handbag, or a Gucci watch, if you cannot afford the real thing, stay away from it. Far better to buy something cheaper, but for it to be the real thing.
Before setting off for your Christmas shopping, listen to the receiver of your gift, she might just drop a hint.
Or, if you are totally clueless, ask her to draw up a wish list. Whatever you decide to buy, play it safe and keep the receipt.