Avoid the “Re-Gifting” Curse

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Great tips on how to choose the right gift, and how to get it quickly.

With a great twist of humor, Seinfeld coined the phrase “re-gifting” while demonstrating how real people get rid of those gifts they wished they’d never received. Funny to watch, but horrifying to experience.

Thankfully, you can banish the “re-gift” curse! Before you embark on your next gift quest, give these tips some forethought. Always make sure that the gift you buy is going to be useful to the recipient:

  •     Judge the importance of the occasion before deciding the gift
  •     Dare to be different. Let your gift be different from the other gifts.
  •     Keep a track of what your near and dear ones want. It always helps!
  •     While buying decoration items, be sure that you know the interiors of the house.
  •     Research current trends, you may be surprised at what is popular.

Yes, taking the time to do the research may cut into the amount of shopping hours you are willing to spend. But we have more excellent tips on how to get your shopping done more quickly.

Avoid most mall crowds by arriving at stores just as they open on weekday mornings. Take advantage of the very late shopping hours offered by many malls, when crowds may be lighter. Look for smaller mini-malls and town centers which generally have more charisma and unique choices. Avoid crowds by shopping online. Look for local websites for added charm.

Save time by buying generic gifts (for teachers, neighbors, co-workers, etc.) in bulk. As long as the people don't know each other you may give them all the same gift. Many online stores offer gift certificates for their products. Look for online gift certificate malls, such as the one found at http://www.ElDoradoGuide.com. Gift certificates for spas, restaurants, or theatres make an excellent gift. To make sure that you don’t have to take advantage of the dreaded “re-gift” practice, share this advice with those who might have you on their list. They’ll be glad you did.

About Foothill Guides:

Foothill Guides started serving the local internet community in February 2003 with the launch of ElDoradoGuide.com, which has since grown to become the most visited website in El Dorado County. Other sites include PlacerGuide.com and CorkBoard.biz.

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