Ideas for the clueless gift-giver

Posted: November 17, 2010 in Buyers, General Information
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NC)—We all have that person on our shopping list we find difficult to cross off. You may be looking for a gift to impress, or perhaps just something that won’t end up in your recipient’s re-gifting pile. To help you out, here are some ideas on what to get for those tough people to shop for.

For the new man/woman in your life. After weeks of flirtatious conversation and spontaneous rendezvous, you’ve finally landed (what looks to be) Mr. or Ms. Right. With new relationships, avoid super expensive or impersonal gifts. You should give a gift that shows thought and attentiveness such as tickets to watch their favourite sports team or a gift certificate to a coffee shop they frequently visit.

For the “don’t get me anything” types. Make a “favourite snacks” basket to enjoy with a movie rental. Or enroll in a class or workshop with them so they can perfect a hobby or learn something new.

For the office gift exchange. This may require a bit of spying on your part. Pay attention to what your colleague spends his/her time and money on. If they have photos of their dog in their cubicle, consider a puppy-themed album or frame. Does your colleague always show up with the same simple mug in hand? Consider buying a fancy tumbler so they won’t have to fill up as often.

For the person who has everything. Your friend may have the latest gadgets and designer clothes, but you can bet they never thought to buy a goat, an oil lamp, or a hand-dug well. Charities like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada provide practical, life-changing items that can help children, families, and communities. You can purchase a gift in your friend’s name and then send him/her an e-card to show how they helped someone in need. More information is available online at

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