It is hard to choose the perfect gift. You have to take into account what a person likes, what season you’re giving the gift, how long the gift will bring happiness, whether or not the gift will be accepted, and many other subtle variables. Let’s take a look at the gift giving process and see if we can determine the perfect Christmas gift, based on the information we currently have, and past Christmas failures.
There is no accounting for taste. One person might think the “Mona Lisa” is the most beautiful work of art ever created, while another sees it simply as a painting of a semi-attractive woman in a sensible dress. That is why buying anything that requires you to gauge the artistic taste or fashion sense of another person should never be attempted. Even if you know that the person you’re buying for absolutely adores a good scarf, your chances of finding the right colors and the right patterns on the right scarf are almost impossible.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful. When purchasing the perfect Christmas gift, it is important to take note of what the weather is like outside. No one wants a new boat when the lake is frozen solid and no one wants a skateboard when there is four feet of snow on the sidewalks.
A victim of too much Christmas cheer: The perfect Christmas gift can’t be something that is obsolete soon after it is given. We’re not talking about something like an iPhone that will have a slight upgrade in the next 3 months. We’re talking about a gift that is seasonal, like a Christmas ornament. It can be the best ornament ever, but you’ll probably get a response like, “This is lovely. I’ll put this on next year’s tree…if I remember.”
Oh, I couldn’t possibly! Giving a Big gift can be tricky. Some people don’t like you to out-give them. But, more often than not, this kind of gift is greeted with an “I couldn’t possibly,” but end with a, “This is the most amazing thing anyone has ever given me!”