Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing peculiar about wanting to give someone a gift. What I have a problem with is the way some products are defined as gifts as if there are some things which are only gifts rather than things that we would buy for ourselves. Continue reading The Peculiar Concept of Gifts
Personally I have always shied away from buying gifts on the fixed days that are designated for such gestures. I have always felt that spontaneous presents work more magic as they are unexpected surprises and can be bought when a good opportunity arises. Somehow I have never been able to shake the feeling that a gift is devalued when there is a set date involved. I start questioning myself and wondering if I am being generous or merely conforming to expectations. Continue reading The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift
Christmas is a costly time of year, especially for those with children. There are presents to buy and people to feed and many families struggle to finance Christmas without accumulating debts which they are still paying off long after the festive season has passed. Christmas Clubs offer the chance to save throughout the year meaning that there should be no financial hangover but are they the best way to spread the cost of Christmas? Continue reading Are Christmas Clubs a Good Idea?
You buy women flowers but should you buy them for men and if not then what are the alternatives? I mean for those occasions when you want to say thanks, sorry or make gesture of appreciation. Or perhaps when you have completely forgotten someone’s birthday and need to find a gift at the last minute. I suppose there is no reason why you shouldn’t buy flowers for men but then it does seem a little odd doesn’t it? The trouble is that spontaneous gifts are something you need to conjure up quickly and could be for someone you don’t know very well. So what do you do? Continue reading Gifts for Men – The Alternatives to Flowers
I just love those videos you see on YouTube of parents deliberately giving their kids the most awful Christmas presents so they can watch their reactions. There is something truly hilarious about seeing a small child unwrapping a potato or a can of sweetcorn and then bawling their eyes out! At the heart of the humour is probably the fact that we have all received gifts that we really didn’t want. I am also sure that everyone has a relative with a knack of buying the most naff gifts imaginable. Continue reading The Worst Gifts in the World