Do you have any gift giving philosophy?

@kaka135 (14055)
Malaysia
January 22, 2016 4:24pm CST
I have recently read a lot of gift giving in mylot, especially during Christmas. It reminded me of this gift giving philosophy I have read: Something they want, Something they need, Something to wear and Something to read. I like this and I always use this philosophy as well. Unless I know what they really want or need, I usually give books. Books are always my favorite gifts to give others. As I think we always learn something or enjoy ourselves from reading, we can always share books with others and also pass down to our next generations. I think books are something will not get old or expired, they can be used "forever". What do you always like to give to others as gifts?
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@celticeagle (118607)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jan 16
Something they wouldn't buy for themselves is what I like to get for people.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
22 Jan 16
That's something good too!
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• Philippines
23 Jan 16
I definitely agree with this one.
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@celticeagle (118607)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Jan 16
@alchemistrx ....I think it makes for a more appreciated gift.
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@JudyEv (126360)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Jan 16
This is a great philosophy. I often give books but sometimes I think that's because I love books so much. Maybe others aren't so keen.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
I understand what you mean, I always think about that as well. I don't give books to everyone, as I know there are someone who do not like to read. But, sometimes I still hope the book might be able to draw the person's attention and start reading.
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@JudyEv (126360)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Jan 16
@kaka135 And if you try to choose a book on something that interests them, you should be safe - unless they already have it of course!!
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@salonga (27963)
• Philippines
23 Jan 16
I always give something that I believe they will use and will be of benefit to them.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
Yes, I think that's a good choice of selecting gifts.
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@much2say (39784)
• United States
23 Jan 16
I tune into what things people like - and I try to give them something related to their interests. If I truly don't know what they like, I will most likely give them a gift card. I don't know if I have a favorite item to give away as a gift, but I do like to make personalized home made cards along with their gift (if it's an adult, I like to include an inside joke if possible). Books make lovely gifts - I love it when someone is thoughtful enough to get me book!!
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
Gift card sounds like a good idea! Personalized home made card is definitely very lovely. Now I always crochet some simple items together with the gift and give to others. This reminds me that I need to crochet something for a neighbor, as her baby will be born next month.
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• Philippines
22 Jan 16
but they will abuse if you make it a habit.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
22 Jan 16
Why abuse? I do not really understand this.
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• Philippines
23 Jan 16
@kaka135 because some of them are lazy, like i said people will abuse, i do give in some occassions though
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
@Letranknight2015 Yes, that's why I can't give books to everyone as well, as I have some friends who do not like to read.
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@jaboUK (54507)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan 16
I often give vouchers then they can get something they really want, rather than me just guessing.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
I think vouchers is good as well, but some of my friends don't like to receive vouchers. My previous company give us vouchers on some occasions, but some employees complained about it.
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@just4him (120582)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Jan 16
I give what I hope they will enjoy.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
It's always good to do so.
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• United States
22 Jan 16
That is a good philosophy. I have heard it before somewhere. I think socks or blankets are good go to's for those you aren't sure what to get. Something useful like @celticeagle has said.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
22 Jan 16
That sounds new to me. I have never give socks or blankets to others as well, but these might be useful for some.
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• United States
23 Jan 16
I gave books this year to my son. It was a small set of Lord of the Rings. He does not read books, but I am hoping one day he will.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
I think you have made a good choice! Lord of the Rings sound like good books to give. I have read that to inspire someone to start reading, it's good to recommend him to read something he might be interested in. For boys, I think Lord of the Rings might be something that can bring their interest to keep reading.
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• United States
23 Jan 16
@kaka135 Yes he had a good copy of it many years ago, but never read, so I buy again for him. I think my gift giving philosophy is get what a person needs.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
26 Jan 16
@TiarasOceanView Yes, I think that's a good one!
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@JDDANGER (140)
• Toronto, Ontario
29 Jan 16
I will admit that when it comes to giving gifts. I can get lazy and just order something off a wish list..but when shopping for people I often get then more then one gift so I think there is a balance there
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
2 Feb 16
It's good to get the wish list from someone, as you are sure you'll get them something they want or need.
@JDDANGER (140)
• Toronto, Ontario
2 Feb 16
@kaka135 I agree completely.That is why my family uses a wish list for me
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@Shiva49 (13408)
• Singapore
26 Jan 16
I always think what is really useful to the recipient - when in doubt, I give cash so that they can use it for whatever purpose they want - siva
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
26 Jan 16
This is a wise choice! If I would not like to give them a surprise, I'd probably ask them what they need.
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@Shiva49 (13408)
• Singapore
27 Jan 16
@kaka135 Better that way as I have found many gifts get duplicated and then passed around! siva
• United States
24 Jan 16
Books are a good gift idea! I usually give useful items or items I know the person will like. Or, if I can't ~ I'd hope money will be useful for them.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
26 Jan 16
Yes, these are always good choices. For wedding or newborn, I usually give money as gift as well, as I think they need money more and they might already have bought others they need for wedding or the baby.
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24 Jan 16
I fully agree with you about giving books as a contemporary gift. However, I I rather prefer crafts or hand-made items made by myself of course but I am always willing to receive any book as a precious gift.
@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
26 Jan 16
Yes, that's a good one! Now I always like to make some crafts to others, but sometimes I worry others might not appreciate, especially kids. Nowadays kids seem like have too many powerful and fancy toys, I am not sure if they still enjoy simple handmade toys from knitting or crocheting. I still knit or crochet some toys to some kids whom I know they will like to have.
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@sharon6345 (131102)
• United States
23 Jan 16
Bath and body supplies work the best for me. Everyone loves to be fresh smelling that I know of.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
26 Jan 16
That's good! But, sorry to say that I don't think it works for me. I usually like to choose these personal supplies myself, perhaps I am too choosy.
@moondebi (1212)
• Bangalore, India
23 Jan 16
Oh! that is a nice philosophy. I will definitely remember in my next selection.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
I just found this online a few years ago.
@scheng1 (24755)
• Singapore
23 Jan 16
Actually the best is cash. I think our ancestors get it right when they start to give cash inside red packet. That is the most practical of all.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
That's true as well. But, I think we do not have the practice to give cash to the friends. It seems like it's fine to give cash to the elder generation (parents or grandparents) or the younger, or some occasions such as wedding or newborns.
@LadyDuck (163747)
• Switzerland
23 Jan 16
I ask before to know what it would be the best gift to buy. This year my niece asked for books, last year for a juice extractor. I believe in gift that we need and can use.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 16
That'll be the best, as we are really sure they need the gifts.
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@SIMPLYD (80362)
• Philippines
27 Jan 16
I seldom give books as my gift . Usually it's something i know that the recipient can make use of . Though for kids it would be a toy .