How to choose gifts that are appropriate without spending a small fortune for events that we attend is often hard to decipher. The following reader is looking for help on how to choose these gifts:
Lately I have had quite a few events to attend where I was required to bring a gift. How do you choose a gift that is appropriate for the occasion, yet doesn’t cost a lot of money? Does anyone have any secrets or good standby gifts that are inexpensive but appropriate for the occasion?
I don’t mind spending a little bit of money for a nice gift if I know that it is something that people can use and will just end up in the back of the closet. That being said, I don’t have a huge budget to be spending each and every time I must attend one of these events.
I know that I’m being kind of general and all this, but the events have very. In the last two months I had to attend a wedding, a baby shower, a 50 year anniversary and a friend’s birthday party. I realize that there probably isn’t a single guest that would be appropriate for all of these, but I’m wondering how people approach the way that they choose the gifts to keep costs at a minimum while providing a gift that is useful.
How do you go about deciding on a gift for an occasion and do you have some basic gifts that you can default to which are appropriate for almost any occasion?