Finding a right gift can
be a difficult task. You have to think about things like recipients'
likes and dislikes, occasion, availability of a product (you
certainly can't give something that doesn't exist), and, of
course, the money factor (spending too much? Not enough? What
is the appropriate amount???). Then there are other details.
Does the recipient feel obligated to use it (do you want the
recipient to bring out a six feet statue of a pink camel every
time you visit their house)? Does the recipient have any allergy?
Did you give the same thing to the recipient's close friend
a few months ago (which may not be an issue, depending on the
recipient)? That kind of stuff. And if you really want to make
things more complicated, you can start thinking about things
like cultural significance of some objects, numbers (lucky number
vs. bad luck number), color, where it was made in, etc.
There are so many things
to consider that it almost takes joy out of a gift giving. I
know the intention is great when you search for this *perfect*
gift. But the headache associate with it sometimes is too much
that some people get frustrated and end with "Oh, I don't
care. I'm just gonna get this!" This is unfortunate because,
the bottom line is, all that matters is a thought (which you
initially had before getting a headache, got frustrated, and
bought the last thing your hand touched as a gift). I know,
it's such a cliche, but true (and anyone who disagrees with
it doesn't deserve to get a gift anyways). So, next time you
are frustrated with a long (but rewarding, I'm sure) journey
of gift search, please consider the entertainment factor before
grabbing a random object and calling it a "gift".