How to Suck Less at Gift-Giving

Photo is a bird’s eye view of a white-washed wooden table covered in various items related to gifting. On the upper left are a white teapot, a white plate with 5 red-and-white rectangles (likely some kind of dessert bar), and a white mug on a brown saucer beside a wooden tea spoon. At the bottom center is a laptop computer with two hands resting on its keyboard (the fingernails are painted gray, the left wrist has two bracelets, and the right middle finger has a ring). At the upper center-right is a tablet computer with two hands touching it on either side (fingernails are painted a coral color, the right index finger and right ring finger both have rings). Strewn across the rest of the image are wrapping supplies (e.g., black scissors, blue ribbon, red ribbon, twine, brown paper, envelopes, tape). Photo by Rawpixel from Picography.

Okay, okay, I admit it: I’m a bit prideful about my gift-giving. I love to pick out and buy gifts. I love hearing the recipient’s surprise and appreciation. I like to think I’m pretty good at picking out gifts.

I know, though, that some people dread buying gifts. Some among us would rather do anything else than be put on the…

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Jacquette Augh

Jacquette Augh

STEM PhD, mom, chronically ill, LGBTQ. Interests: immigration, sex+relationships, parenting, lifestyle+finance, trauma+therapy, neuroscience+bioengineering