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Tips on Gifting

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jody-Anne Lawrence, Lifestyle Reporter

"Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.'

- Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

With just three days before Christmas, most, if not all, of us will be out doing last-minute shopping for the perfect gift. You want to ensure the person who receives this gift will be happy, not because it is expensive, but because it was well thought out and may have sentimental value (what we should have in mind when gifting).

Here's how:

1. Do not buy something that you would not buy for yourself. Not in terms of what you like, but based on quality. If you are giving, give quality.

2. Do not gift based on what you like. Remember you are not buying for yourself, and the person you are buying for may not share the same likes you do.

3. Do not gift for gifting sake. You should give from the heart. If you are buying something, do not think of what you might get in return.

4. Do not regift. Regifting is an absolute no-no. If you get a gift that you might not use, sharing it is fine, but gifting it to someone on a special day is tacky.

5. Do some research on the person's, interests and hobbies. This will give you an idea of what to purchase. If you are on a tight budget, this will help you to get exactly what they want.

6. When it comes to wrapping your gift, sometimes the place where you are purchasing the gift can wrap it for you. Or find a beautiful gift bag to package your gift and add some tissue paper. Gifting is a beautiful thing and presentation is everything.

Note to receivers:

Regardless of what you receive, you should be grateful. If it is something that is not quite 'you', then you should say, 'thank you'. No one likes someone who is ungrateful. Sometimes the giver is giving the best that they can from a special place and, yes, it is the thought that counts.

jodyanne.lawrence@gleanerjm.com