Is it okay to give cleaning-related gifts?
The one thing I know for sure is that the question itself is a controversial one. I also know that what’s considered totally normal and acceptable gift-giving-practice in one family can be considered offensive in another.
I personally come from the well-yeah-I’ll-take-a-super-practical-gift-that-might-just-make-my-everyday-life-easier side of this argument. I married into the no-way-Jose side.
I was just shopping with a friend who told a story about someone being gifted a high-priced vacuum cleaner and being offended to the point of not accepting it.
So the main thing to know before you go practical for Christmas is the feelings your receiver has on this issue. Maybe tell a random story about a blogger who wrote a post on the subject and see how people react.
Flared nostrils and curled-in-disgust lips? No go for that recipient.
Eyes widening and head nodding with delight? Head to the household department.
But what about a book about cleaning? Specifically, my book?
Ideas for De-Awkwardizing the Gifting of How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind:
- Read it first. That way, you can present the book as one you enjoyed and that helped you.
- Buy one for everyone at the gathering, and add it to whatever other gifts you are giving. This way, you’re sharing it because you like it, not because a certain person needs it. (And I sell more books!!!)
- Tell them it’s funny. That you laughed out loud X number of times while reading it. (One of you actually lamented the fact that you’d not thought to mark the “hahas” until you were half way through the book.) Emphasize the fact that you know they like to laugh. This will take the attention off of their need for help.
- Blame yourself. Say, “If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on inside my brain, read this.”
I’d love to hear how you’ve gifted this book, and about the recipient’s reactions!
You still have time to order it online, or you can find it in many bookstores! Go here to find where to order How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind and my newest book Decluttering at The Speed of Life!