List continued…

So I had this weekend to think some more about what I need to take and what to get. So the list continues…

  • Umbrella
  • Blanket (for hand luggage)
  • New comfy sneakers
  • Painkillers and other meds
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Nail clippers (In main luggage!)
  • An array of sunglasses (I always forget to pack that, and then I have to buy new ones)
  • Gift for Rox and Trof
  • Book for our hosts
  • A book to read (In hand luggage – Preferably one of Stiegg Larson’s)

I think that’s it for now…Do you have any tips or suggestions for flying or travelling? I would love to hear from you. 13 sleeps, people!

Much Love 

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Gifting Etiquette

Have you ever gotten a gift that really didn’t appeal to your tastes? I’m sure you have. The question is, how do you handle this? The problem is, a gift is really only a kind gesture. It’s not something you can be demanding about. So what happens when you hate it? The trick is to always be gracious and kind, as the giver is looking for a response. It’s completely rude not to say thank you (with a smile) and make a big deal of it. Some people might see this as being dishonest or false, I see it as good manners.

The problem with gifts is that most people give them without thinking about what the person will like. It’s more about personal taste, and they think “I really like this. I will buy it for (insert name here).” Most people don’t really spend the time to figure out what the person really likes or wants. There is also another problem that appears: Many gifts are given out of duty. It’s someone in your extended network’s birthday. You feel obliged to give a gift. So you buy something really impersonal and inexpensive.

This is a tricky subject, so I have compiled a list of do’s and don’t for giving and receiving gifts.

If you have to buy a gift for someone:

  • Do – Think about what the person likes
  • Do – Speak to people close to them, as they might have a better idea than you
  • Do – Listen to the advice given
  • Do – Try be as personal as possible
  • If t is something like a book or a CD, you can always give it a personal touch by choosing special wrapping paper in a colour or pattern that the person likes (I like making wrapping paper with sheets of white paper and paint)
  • Always add a card, and don’t be vague and impersonal (I also try to do a cute rhyme or the use of alliteration and assimilation really works well)
  • Don’t – Never buy bath products for a woman, unless you were explicitly told she loves it. There is nothing more impersonal than getting bath salts for your birthday if you never even take long baths.
  • If you buy cologne or perfume, make sure you know exactly what fragrance they like.
  • Clothing is really difficult, so if you want to go that route, rather buy a voucher. The same applies for books and CD’s.
  • A great wine is always a good gift. Make sure you know their preference in white or red, or give both.
  • Don’t – Never, ever Re-gift. It will come back to haunt you.

If you receive a gift:

  • Do – Be gracious and polite
  • Say “Thank you so much. I am very excited to use (insert gift here). Thank you for thinking of me.”
  • Do – To make sure that the person who gave the gift is not hurt later on if you don’t like the gift, be aware of when you will see them, and how the gift can be displayed or used in that time.
  • Do – A thank you card is always a nice gesture, and is meaningful for the other party.
  • Don’t – Never, ever Re-gift. It will come back to haunt you.

I hope this was helpful. Use it, to avoid the horror of bad gifting etiquette. Remember, always be thoughtful. Even if the other party did not give you a great gift last year, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either. Start a new trend of being the best gifter, and you’d be surprised to find that the gifts your receive are as good as the ones you give.

Much Love