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You've been waiting all year for this (even though you don't admit it to the kids), the big moment when it's time to open your holiday presents. You tear off the paper, feigning a smile as your heart secretly lurches and you get a sick feeling in your stomach: It's a three-pack of tube socks and a giant-hand back scratcher!
You CAN please both kids and their parents with the right educational toy like this Money Savvy Pig educational piggy bank
We've all been on the receiving end of an awful gift, and it's time we all fess up about the bad gifts we've given out ourselves. This year in the United States, nearly $250 billion will be spent between Thanksgiving and December 31 on gifts, so give your loved ones, and your wallet, a break, and make sure the money you spend will go toward gifts the receiver will actually want to keep.
Unique personalized gifts such as these marble photo coasters pictured above ARE an excellent type of gift choice.
Of course, keeping the individual and their tastes and preferences in mind is always rule #1 (and may possibly lead you to violate any of the "rules" above -- some people ARE genuinely excited by receiving flexible ultramicrofiber duster for the holidays!)
But if your gift list has now been diminished, here are some items that etiquette experts consider safe to give, and usually truly appreciated by the recipient:
Among the most desired gifts, Consumer Reports found that electronics were tops for men, while women preferred gift cards, followed closely by jewelry. Also desired by at least a handful of the survey participants were good health and peace on earth.
How to Choose the Right Gifts for Other People's Babies and Kids
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