People think that everyone loves holiday gifts, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are a growing number of people who secretly hate holiday gifts for one reason or another.
Here are some of the biggest complaints:
- They’re generic and impersonal. A lot of times, when you don’t know someone well enough, you’d be better served not to gift than to gift a generic item.
- There’s a lot of pressure and expectation with a gift. You are supposed to love it, and it’s supposed to be just what you wanted. But what if it’s not?
- Usually, when someone gets a gift, it’s customary to give one in return. People who don’t have the means to do so hate getting gifts because they’re unable to return the favor.
- No one needs more shower gift sets or meat and cheese trays. The holidays have gotten filled with useless gifts that are designed to have something to give.
- The expectations are way too high. People have been sucked into consumerism, and it can become impossible to manage holiday gifting on a reasonable level.
- Audiences suck. No one likes being put on the spot while they open some surprise items that they may or may not like. If they have to pretend to like it, things get even worse.
- It feels like a competition. The holidays are supposed to be joyful, and gift-giving can often get in the way of that for some people.
- Gifting is bankrupting people (literally). People are taking out loans and credit cards to buy holiday gifts.
- Social media is creating added pressure to “deliver” on the gifts and turning it into a competition of who gets the most expensive or exclusive gifts.
- Returns are a hassle. Whether you’re the giver or the recipient, you probably aren’t interested in standing in line to return something you didn’t want in the first place.
If the holidays could get back to what they used to be, gifting could be a much better experience for everyone.