If you have lived through more than a few birthdays and holidays, then it is very possible that you have experienced the tragedy of receiving a terrible gift, or at least NOT receiving the gift that you really did want. While you can’t expect your gift-buying loved ones to be mind-readers, you still want something a little more personal than a gift certificate. Here are some ways to help ensure that the next holiday is not one requiring you to return a gift.
Out of sight, out of mind
We would all love to have friends and family “know us” well enough to know what we like, but that can end up being a futile wish. Most of us are not surrounded by detectives trained to pick up on our personal nuances (like whether we wear white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold). The point is that you need to actually get the idea of the gifts that you desire into their minds. Sometimes it’s as simple as mentioning exactly what you want, tactically suggested in the midst of other conversation. You could also have pictures circled from magazines and flyers casually left open on the coffee table, or those perfect earrings coincidentally displayed on the browser page you left open. It’s just something to plant the seed.