Here's my two cents on gift giving...MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! I am the worst gift-er giver ever. Okay, let me take that back. I am the best gift giver, when I DO give a gift. But I suck on giving a gift on my free will. Understand? No, okay. So in a non-selfish way, I just don't think of giving a gift to someone unless there are reasons to. I don't stop and think to myself and say "Who should I give a gift to, today"?
I'm gonna be really REAL with you right now, even though I am really truthful and honest as often as I possibly can (which gets me in trouble sometimes). Like, don't ask if you can't handle it...lol. Here are the only time I go out of my way and get something for you. *clears throat...wait for it.
I only give a gift when me or my kids are invited to a birthday party, bridal/baby shower, and CHRISTMAS. If you are under 18 yrs old, majority of the time you will get $10-$20 with a card. Or you will get something that you asked for or something related to the theme of your birthday party. i.e. If I see a elmo invitation...you will most likely see a Elmo character toy. So Beware what you send me. lol.
If you are over 18 yrs old, you will get $20+ or a giftcard. with a card. It depends on how much I like you. Like, if you are my sister, I will give you more than $20 dollars...you are not just a person to me. Best friends!! Duh! Majority of the time, I take out my sisters to lunch or dinner on their birthdays, usually before or after since they are so incredibly busy all the time. *tear. We usually go shopping somewhere and they would see something and I will get them something.
One time, my oldest sister saw a Chi hair straightener
This other time, because we were talking/joking about it. I gave a friend at the time a rabbit vibrator for her birthday. Yes, the one you saw and heard about in 'Sex in the City'. I don't know if she use or still has it but at the time...it was something me and another person pitched in to get for her. Its more of a gag gift, maybe a neccessity? lol. But if she uses it, bonus! I personally do not own any such technology so that was my very first and last purchase. EVER. Okay, over share.
In semi-rare occasions, I do give gifts like I stated above. BUT I usually give you money or gift cards. Why? Because I rather you pick out the thing(s) you want, rather than me indecisively choose something you don't need or already have. If you are disappointed, that's on you. Why? because I really thought of you at the time of when I had to get in the car and drive to the ATM and Hallmark (or CVS, Walgreens, or Target) to give you a gift that I have a choice to give or not to give. I really do think of your benefit on the gift I give you. Its not impersonal. I give it a lot of thought and thought that this route works for the best.
Well, I don't know when my next post will be but if after Christmas,
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!