During the holiday season, what would you want to receive?
Actually, the bigger question is what would you want to give. After all, giving is in the spirit of the season, right? But we can look at this question from both sides.
When I think of the holiday season, I conjure up images of people celebrating (Christmas and other holidays) and exchanging gifts. Something along the lines of winter weather outside, hot cocoa inside, and opening a gift-wrapped box. I don’t know why, but the image of a sweater seems to come to mind, for some reason. Wholesome, but perhaps not as exciting as many other possible gifts!
Speaking of which, what do you think about the idea of gift cards as holiday gifts? Personally, I have been hesitant to give them, but would totally like receiving them. Not that I am big on getting gifts as I truly spend far more time on giving during the holidays as I’ve gotten older. But I would be cool with a gift card as a gift.
See the difference in how we might see giving something versus receiving it?
A recent article on Yahoo! Finance shared some thoughts that others may have. Apparently, among wealthier households, less than 20% of men are likely to give gift cards. However, 2/3 of women want them. Now, it doesn’t say that this all they want, but it does show that men aren’t likely to give them. So, men aren’t able to figure out what women want 🙂
Of course, the article also leads us to the knowledge that nearly 50% of women are likely (some even extremely likely) to buy presents for themselves, so maybe they’re taking things into their own hands!
But back to the question – why are we so reluctant to give gift cards, when many of us would like to receive them? Any gift is good, really if someone wants to figure out how to reduce inventory there are plenty ways to offer items for sale that people might buy. Even as gifts.
For me, the reluctance to give has been around the notion that it doesn’t show as much thought. Or, that’s what I think she will believe:) Maybe just giving it shows enough thought, and the flexibility to get what she wants eventually is what matters? Same concept goes in reverse as well, with female gift givers and male recipients.
My Questions for You:
Do you like to give gift cards? Do you like to receive them?
Is there a difference in your thoughts about each, when you compare giving vs. receiving them?
Why do you think there is somewhat of a taboo of sorts, in some households and relationships, surrounding giving gift cards instead of actual “traditional” gifts?