Master the art of gifting

Master the Art of Gifting: Our Best Tips for the Holidays

Though the holiday season is charming and fun, it can be a challenging time for many reasons, and one of those is gifting. While some of us have gifting down to a tee, others can use a helping hand when deciding what to gift, who to gift to, and more.

This holiday season, we're making it easier for you. From avoiding common gift-giving mistakes you might not have even known, to making gifting easier, to learning how to build incredible gift baskets and wrap presents so they look professionally done, these tips (with a bit of help from some experts) will help you master the art of gifting this year and for years to come.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Giving a Gift

Gift giving mistakes to avoid

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The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and you may already be starting to think about all of the gifts you'll soon need to cross off your list. Before heading to the mall, though, you'll want to keep these gifting etiquette tips top of mind. Read on to learn what etiquette experts have to say about common gifting mistakes and how to avoid them. Their tips will help eliminate any worry about gift giving this holiday season.

5 Expert-Approved Tips to Make Holiday Gifting Easier

How to make gifting easier

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The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the age-old tradition of gift-giving. If the mere thought of giving someone a gift produces cold sweats and a feeling of dread, you’re not alone. What is meant to be a joyous tradition can feel like an expectations game with rules that nobody let you in on. But it doesn’t have to be this way. To get ourselves prepared for the holidays, we spoke to two expert gifters to get their best tips to make holiday gifting easier.

How to Wrap a Gift So It Looks Professionally Done

How to wrap a gift professionally

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Whether you're wrapping a birthday or holiday gift, a beautifully wrapped package adds to the joy and excitement of receiving a gift. Some shapes and objects are easier to wrap than others, but if you follow our step-by-step tutorials, you'll have neatly wrapped gifts no matter their shape in no time.

Everything You Need to Know About Making Unique Gift Baskets

How to make unique gift baskets

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Although it is possible to purchase specialty gift baskets, making your own is a thoughtful alternative option. They are easy to assemble, you can tailor and personalize what you put in them, and the final result is stunning. Suitable for any occasion, unique gift baskets are just the solution when you can't decide on a specific gift item, and just about everybody loves receiving a basket.

The Best Personalized Gifts for Every Recipient

Personalized gift ideas

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Adding a personal touch to a gift—like a monogram, special date, zodiac sign, or birthstone—makes that present all the more sentimental and thoughtful. We researched the best personalized gifts for any occasion, considering the type of personalization, the varying hobbies and interests of your recipient, and shoppers' budgets.

What to Know About Proper Host and Hostess Gift Etiquette

Proper host and hostess gift etiquette

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Whether you're going to a dinner party, attending a holiday event in a coworker's home, or staying with someone for the weekend, you need to show your gratitude by bringing something to your hosts. Yes, it is still in vogue to bring a gift for the host or hostess when you go to a party or even a casual get-together.

The problem is that many people aren't confident in their knowledge of proper guest etiquette, so they feel uncomfortable having to decide what to give. Remember that the size or price of the gift is insignificant. What you need to focus on instead is what that person will like. It also needs to be appropriate for the situation.