The Guilt Gift
On a recent trip to a big box store, I was overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that exists only to be given as a gift to those that we just can’t find the right gift for, or can’t bother to take the time to do so.
I walked through aisles of pallets filled with chocolates, danish butter cookies, and random other types of sweets, wondering who eats it all.
I’m not opposed to danish butter cookies in any way, or chocolate for that matter, I just found it a bit odd and even disturbing that we have full product lines created solely to assuage our guilt of not getting a gift for that random uncle or third cousin. We feel bad for not getting something for that person, nevermind the fact that we don’t see them but maybe once a year at Christmas.
How about instead of buying the random crap that most likely gets tossed in the garbage anyway, we give a card with a note, or even a donation to a charity in their name.
Don’t buy a gift out of guilt. Give a gift that will mean something, and if you don’t know them well enough, give the gift of time and yourself and get to know them better. Unless you want to give me danish butter cookies, I’ll always take them gladly.