No, you don’t. Put it back on the shelf.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a good concept. But first, apply two other often-overlooked principles: reconsider and refuse. Do you really need this consumer product?
-Eustace Conway

And for the love of God, please, don’t buy someone a gift that you know they don’t need and they know they don’t need just because you feel the pressure from society to buy gifts for everyone. Before you get your boss a cute little coffee mug full of bad chocolates for $3.99, just imagine how many mugs he already has after 20 years of gifts from 20 employees. I know it’s nice of you. I know it’s an easy gift to grab from the center aisle of the grocery section at Wal-Mart, but put yourself in the receiver’s place. If you’re not a hoarder you wouldn’t want that either, would you?

I suppose I sound ungrateful, but really I’m not. I just believe that if I don’t have the energy to put personalization into a gift… IT IS OKAY NOT TO GIVE ONE. They’ll still love you.

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One response to this post.

  1. “And for the love of God, please, don’t buy someone a gift that you know they don’t need and they know they don’t need just because you feel the pressure from society to buy gifts for everyone.”

    Good post. Pretty sad isn’t it, this nasty consumer society filled with junk that no one really needs.

    Reply

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