Avoid Giving Gifts That Are Actually A Chore

December 3, 2019

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Holiday shopping can be fun and also a chore for some on your list.  But as you browse the aisles and Internet, ask yourself whether you’re giving the recipient something they truly want, or something that will add extra work to their life. In other words: don’t give people gifts that are actually chores. What does this mean? Well, you probably know what it’s like to receive that kind of gift—the ice cream maker that turns ice cream into a production rather than a purchase, for example. Instead of just buying a pint of ice cream, now you have to go get the ingredients, set up the machine, wait for the machine to turn the ingredients into ice cream, clean up the machine afterwards, and so on. Some people love that kind of stuff, and other people will use their ice cream maker exactly once so they can post a picture on Facebook and let the gift-giver know their gift was, at least in theory, appreciated. Sometimes we don’t give people gifts that acknowledge who they really are; we give gifts that are meant to nudge them into the person we’d like them to become. So before you make any purchases this holiday season, ask yourself whether the gift you’re considering will be a chore for the recipient to deal with.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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