How do you do your Holiday shopping? Here are the options as I see them:
Option #1: The gift that you yourself already own and like.
Pros: You know it's decent if you already own and like it.
Cons: You might look a little uninspired or even regift-y. ("Hi! Here's your gift! I already own several and love them! ...... I did not just wrap up one from my own kitchen drawer, I swear!")
Options #2: The gift you like but wouldn't buy for yourself normally.
Pro: You like it! It's likable! And maybe you wouldn't normally buy it because it's a real treat.
Con: If you wouldn't buy it for yourself normally, perhaps it's because it's not really, truly worth it. Or it's expensive and that credit card statement is going to HURT come January.
Option #3: The gift you don't like in the hopes that you are hitting it out of the park for someone with VASTLY different tastes than you.
Pro: You are being thoughtful and thinking outside of your box! You are really embracing the Christmas spirit by trying to intuit what someone very different from yourself would like!
Con: There is the possibility that you are sending the message that you DO like this item and therefore you are telling them this is YOUR taste and this is what to get YOU.
Option #4: The generic gift that anyone, anywhere with half a brain/heart would like.
Pro: Hard to go wrong! It won't be memorably awful!
Con: Generic items can be boring and, um, generic. It won't be memorable, PERIOD.
Option #5: The highly suggestive gift.
Pro: You heard a friend lamenting her poor cooking. So you buy her a great cook book and a nice spatula. You are thoughtful and encouraging!
Con: You could come across as a pushy, pedantic a-hole with a hidden message about your recipient's inferiority/weaknesses.
Option #6: The official wishlist gift.
Pro: You know EXACTLY what they really want and need. You can rest easy knowing you are fulfilling a clear wish of theirs.
Con: There is ZERO excitement and suspense. Unless, of course, you are "Santa" and fulfilling the wishlist of a 4 year old.
Option #7: The handmade gift.
Pro: Not too expensive! And I have such grand ideas! I know it means SO MUCH to get something that someone hand made.
Con: My grand ideas greatly exceed both my skill level and my time-management skills.
What's that you say? You've already finished your holiday shopping! EXCELLENT. Come on over and HELP ME. I'm feeling a tad bit overwhelmed with tasks and under-equipped with holiday spirit.