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I don't know what to get you!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Absolute Zero, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. Absolute Zero

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    Whether is Christmas, Birthdays, or any number of other occasions, sometime's it's hard to get a good gift for someone. Have you ever felt that it's just impossible to get someone a gift? Who do you think is to blame, the giver or the receiver? And what do you do to get around the difficulty and express your gratitude fulfill your obligations?

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    I'm not going to lie, I'm a terrible gift giver and a worse gift asker. Not only do I have a hard time choosing what to give, I also make it difficult for other people to find what to give me. I only have four and a half people to shop for this coming Christmas season, but out of those four and a half I have decided on no gifts and provided no ideas. And I'm trying to do everything in my power to not give the dreaded gift card, or to resort to asking for one! I'm literally at the point of asking for some new body wash or a few pounds of coffee beans; but that also does nothing me acquiring gifts to distribute to the family! A chair? Several pieces of driftwood? A piece of toast? It's quite a dilemma, one that I'm sure will haunt me until December 23.
     
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  2. CharlieWeasleyfan

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    For me, it's not too hard since I don't buy for a lot of people. I'll buy for my parents which I know them well and my brother who's decent to shop for. He's hard to shop for tbh but I have known him enough to figure something out. This is where the struggle lies this year. I have to figure out what my coach and her family like.
     
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  3. Sheep

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    My usual gift ideas are cute decorations or stuffed toys of people's favorite characters, but that obviously isn't up some people's alley aha. /': That's usually the extent of my gift-giving knowledge, unless they explicitly state what they want. Luckily the people I give to enjoy things like cheesy wall decorations and Snoopy plushies, or people who share very similar interests to me, making it easier lol.

    Buuut since I gift to few people this usually isn't a problem. Ever since making new friends at my job I've been gifting more, so my 'knowledge' is slowly expanding.
     
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  4. WavePearl

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    Gift cards and Danish butter cookies are my no-fail "couldn't think of what to get you" gifts. I've had some people explicitly ask for the butter cookies since I started giving them!
     
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  5. Gazi

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    I actually find gift giving to be really easy, partially because nobody in my family expects it from each other. It's always nice to get a gift, but it's not a requirement, and nobody's feelings will be hurt if I don't get them something. However, whenever I do feel like getting gifts (which happens quite often, even when it's for no specific reason), I usually give something based off of an interest that we share (mostly in shows and books), that I myself would like to have. for example, me and my sister both got in to Gravity Falls, so I got her Journal 3. If the gift isn't based off of a shared interest, I usually get them something that I know they'll like (another sister likes scented candles and potted plants, so she's never been hard to shop for).
     
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  6. Laserdragon14

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    My two brothers are exactly opposite of each other, one, you can just buy a knife and he'll say that it was a good Christmas or Birthday and the other, you have to look for something that really screams that it'll be something that he'll like, which lately has been some historical novels but he never has time to really read them so idk what to do about him this year.
    Anyway, I hope that I'm not too bad since you can basically just give me stuff animal and some candy and I'll call it a day, but my family says that I'm pretty hard since I don't really give any hints as to what I want and that is something that I can mostly agree with
     
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  7. Azazel

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    I just ask people what they want and get it for them, they'll still be happy since they got what they wanted.
    But also I can keep track of things they'll need too, like my step father needs a wallet, so I'm getting him a nice one that will fit his needs.
     
  8. ChocoChicken

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    If I don't know what to give someone, I usually just bring candy or cards or something. My family is pretty neutral on gift giving, although someone did request hiking socks.
    As for receiving gifts... I always feel terrible when receiving something I haven't paid for, unless it's my birthday, but I don't have that many friends and nothing I really need/want at the moment so getting stuff for me is pretty easy, so long as it's not a direct insult like balut or something. If it is, well, congratulations, you've earned my undying hatred for Christmas.
     
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  9. Barandofl

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    Well I dont have many people to give gifts to, but I have a little trick for that. If I don't know what to get for someone, I just ask them one simple question: "Can you guess what I got you for (insert holiday or anniversary here)?"

    Depending on the person, you'll get a response right away. Usually it's something expensive, but if you keep making them guess, you'll probably find something decently priced.

    So far, this trick has worked for me. You can try this if you like.
     
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  10. Vaquero

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    I mean I’ll just give em a crisp 20 but I’ll get them something if I know what they’re into like steam gift cards or something.
     
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    Gift giving is really hard for me, even if it’s for close friends. Asking for gifts is harder because it’s hard to decide on one thing to ask for then there’s a million things swirling around in my mind.
     
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  12. Dawn

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    My brother, who is autistic, is impossible to buy for, because as long as he has his iPad, he's happy. Ask him what he wants for Christmas and he'll just say "presents" which is exactly as frustrating as it sounds.

    Otherwise, I never struggle too much when it comes to presents, because I tend to just ask the person in question what they'd like and buy that. I'd prefer to get something they'd actually want, rather than what I might think they want, because my thinking is often off and my ultimate objective is to make people happy, not fulfil an obligation. The best way to do that is to ask them what they'd like.

    I'm probably harder to buy for than most people because I don't want for much - I just go out and buy it - and receiving presents makes me uncomfortable.
     
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  13. Roman

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    I'm a decent gift-giver, horrible about saying what I want and knowing what I want, esp bc the things I want the most are stuff I don't talk about with my friends (mainly cosplay)
     
  14. Cherry3Fairy

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    What on earth are you supposed to give to your boyfriend!?!?!

    Gyah... choosing gifts for boys has always been a really difficult thing for me.
     
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