Well, it’s finally here; the holiday season and Christmas. Which means that you’ve been frantically fighting crowds and maxing out cards to buy gifts for your parents, siblings, S/O and even some co-workers for that inevitable Secret Santa BS. I can probably speak for everyone, and declare that Christmas shopping is a bananas game of Russian roulette. What if you buy the wrong thing? What if you hate what your S/O got you? What are ya gonna do with another fucking pair of fuzzy socks from awkward Aunt Ellen?
If this is a huge worry, you’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by Fit Rated, how you handle a bad gift is actually pretty normal.
Except if you’re that kid that has a temper tantrum for getting the wrong super-expensive gaming console. Don’t be that little shit.
So what’s the worst? Well, most say it’s gonna be clothes. Close to 50% said that they hate getting that as a gift, followed by housewares. Your fashion choices and decor style are subjective and stylistic choices that you make for yourself. Someone can take a stab at it, but there’s no guarantee they’ll get it right. In most cases, they don’t.
It’s probably best to go with a gift card, than a stab in the dark.
Specifically though, sweaters are never a good idea. And if you’re not sure of the right size and/or fit, don’t even try. You’re better off going with things like purses, mugs, and generic housewares. Even pyjamas tend to be low on the list of things people don’t want.
Can’t go wrong with a comfy pair of pyjamas.
Now, onto what you do when you get that shitty sweater. Almost 3/4’s of people will pretend to like it, while a third will show actual appreciation for the thought of it. Not a lot of respondents actually admitted to openly showing their hatred for the thing, which makes sense.
Most will then toss the gift in the back of a closet unused, while a huge number will actually regift it or try to return it.
Also, a lot of how well a gift is received, also depends on who’s getting it and their relationship to you. Most will spend less than $20 on co-workers and around $25 for friends.
For your significant other, most are willing to spend more, but just because something is pricey, doesn’t mean it’s fancy or welcomed.
Then there’s the true conundrum; spend your money on something purchased, or spend your time crafting a unique, tailor-made gift for your lady/gentlemen. Most women want that handcrafted gift at 41%, while men are find with something from the store.
Sure, this is more affordable and really sweet and sentimental, but who’s got time to make shit like that? The best I can do is a spray-painted macaroni picture frame.
So, in the process of trying to avoid things that are gonna piss off your family, friends, co-workers and S/O, generally means you don’t go after something potentially offensive. One of the most common, is a fitness-related gift. If the recipient is into it, then go right ahead. If the person has never expressed interest in running, joining a gym, or getting healthy, I wouldn’t’ bother.
Fortunately for us, 85% of men and 88% wouldn’t find that gift offensive. In fact, they might be inspired to start a new fitness routine.
So, score on that.
Lucky for both genders, the fitness gift they most wanted, is the one they got. Both genders generally want fitness tech, and that’s what they’ve found under the tree. When it comes to nutrition and nutrition equipment, is what people have wanted least, and that makes sense. What you put into your body is pretty important and just because you’re going paleo, gluten-free, and soy free, doesn’t mean I’ll appreciate your specific protein powder, Carol!
When it comes to who’s doing the giving, co-workers are the least appropriate person to be sharing something healthy and fitness-related. That stuff should be the domain of those who know you best; S/Os, family members and closest confidants.
On the other hand, sports and workout wear is appreciated by both genders, especially when it comes from someone close to you.
Overall though, there’s no perfect answer to gift-giving, because everyone is different. What is universal, however, is listening to the person you’re buying for and finding out what they’re into. Most people are dropping hints like it’s raining outside, and if they aren’t, you should at least try to learn enough about the person, to sort out what they’d appreciate.
Be like the happy banana kid.
Via Fit Rated