With Mother’s Day around the corner, I thought I would share my gift giving tips.
Let’s start with the ground rules:
- You are NOT buying for yourself (This is perhaps the most common mistake). Just because you love something, doesn’t mean the other person is going to. For example, my mom and I have an allergy to fragrances, and so when buying for my mom I avoid anything scented.
- ALWAYS give a gift receipt. You are setting you both up for failure if you don’t. Let’s be honest, how many times have you tried on something in your normal size from one of your favorite stores, to find that you need to go up or down a size. Don’t make the person have to ask or explain.
Now it is time to get down to picking a gift. Don’t forget to check my Pinterest site for more ideas.
- Just because you love a store, doesn’t mean the other person does. Or it doesn’t mean one size fits all or one style fits all. If someone has told you they don’t like a certain store, then don’t shop there. This goes along with #1. You aren’t buying for you. You probably asked them about something they have worn or used in their home, go to that store.
- If you are unsure of size, then pick something where size doesn’t matter. A beautiful ruana or scarf is a nice treat. A nice billfold or bag for their purse is another great treat. It is almost beach season, so a cute beach bag with a new beach towel could be a nice surprise.
- Don’t be afraid of gift cards. If you want it to feel more personal, make it for having photos printed or for some pampering at a spa. Something they wouldn’t treat themselves to normally.
- Time is a great gift. Because I live out-of-town, my mom and I don’t get nearly enough time together. Setting up a time for lunch and catching up can be an even better gift than a new sweater.
- The best gift is always making sure the person knows how much you appreciate them. Take time to pick out a great card and make sure and put a note in addition to your signature.